Janice Giardina is an adjunct assistant professor at FIT. She has taught Fashion Design Art college and Precollege classes at FIT since 2001. Janice embarked on her career in Fashion Design while still in high school in the late 1980’s in FIT’s precollege Saturday Live program and was later accepted to the university as a Fashion Design major. She graduated with a BFA in Fashion Design and went on to design womenswear in the industry.
She has designed eveningwear, activewear, knitwear, and career and casual sportswear for branded and private label manufacturers who have sold to major department stores such as Lord & Taylor, Bloomingdales, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Macy’s, TJ Maxx, Marshalls, and Talbots.
On Precollege Programs:
I started out in the Precollege program myself in the late 1980’s! Since most art universities require you to know your major when applying, I think it’s great to explore this early. Taking Precollege classes is a great way to help you find out where your passion lies, and you’ll have fun and make friends while doing so!
You will excel when you’re passionate about what you’re doing and enjoying yourself. I tell my students to have fun while they’re working. Find something that inspires you and bring that into your work. You cannot be creative without inspiration.
Artwork by Prof. Giardina: