Instructor Spotlight: Radmila Gurkovsky

Radmila Gurkovsky is a visual artist, educator and a creative arts therapist. She graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology with BFA in 2008 and holds an MPS from Pratt Institute. Born in the dramatic yet fascinating climate of Siberia, Russia, surrounded by brutal and gloomy winter days she developed her interests in art at an early age as her escape into the vibrant, visual world of color, line and shape.  Having experienced frequent relocation with her family at an early age she believes to have been touched by many beautiful cultures to later bring that eclectic vision into her art making. As an artist and a creative art therapist Radmila uses her artistic upbringing along with expressive language refined during her professional development studies and offers it as a gateway into forming non-verbal dialogue that nourishes artistic perception and empowers creativity.

Radmila Teaches:

JSX 031 Basic Drawing Skills

JSX 038 Exploring Painting, Drawing, and Collage

Teaching Philosophy:

I encourage students to think creatively and experiment with a variety of styles and methodologies that help them discover their artistic selves. I’m a big fan of artistic tradition and believe that to be the window into forming unique artistic language of expression. I seek to offer my students a vision of art as a tool for self-expression that encompasses a holistic approach and one that inspects and strives to see the world with various mediums of expression.

Art by Radmila Gurkovsky

Instructor Spotlight: Jill Topol

Jill Topol has been a driving force in the photo/fashion industry for over 20 years. As a top celebrity fashion stylist, Jill has had the pleasure of calling Destiny’s Child/Beyoncé, N’SYNC and the Jonas Brothers as some of her steady high-profile clients. Jill’s work can be seen in publications including Harper’s Bazaar & Elle International, Vibe, Interview, Rolling Stone, Seventeen, People, Paper, Time, Newsday, New York Magazine, Mass Appeal, Out, Entertainment Weekly and Esquire.

 

Jill holds a BFA in Photography from School of Visual Arts, and is currently an adjunct professor at FIT in the FBM department.

Jill Topol Teaches:
JSX040 55A Fashion Merchandising: Trend Spotting
HFM060 55C Fashion Forecasting: Seeing into The Future

Teaching Philosophy:
From the moment a student enters my classroom, it’s my goal to help them explore their passion for fashion. I freely share stories from my own extensive career and teach them the ins and outs of the industry. Forecasting fashion trends means keeping your eyes wide open at all times to take in the beauty all around you. Sometimes it’s the things we least expect that will inspire us the most.

Industry Experience:

  • Freelance Fashion Stylist for 20+ years
  • Fashion Director at Mass Appeal Magazine
  • Fashion Editor at Black Book Magazine
  • Senior Fashion Stylist for E! and Style Network
  • Accessories Director for Moxiegirl (an Urban Outfitters backed magalog)
  • Product Development / Trend Forecasting for Delia’s & Wanted Shoes
  • Contributing writer for The Huff Post covering topics in fashion and parenting

Instructor Spotlight: Lisbeth Jimenez

Lisbeth Jimenez is an NCIDQ certified designer with a Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology. She joined the commercial firm TPGArchitecture in 2016, and has a background in residential and commercial interior design. In her daily work, Lisbeth challenges herself to produce exceptional, transformational design concepts, creating beneficial spaces that positively impact her clients and their environment. With an enthusiasm to take on any project, Lisbeth thrives on the creative process of solving complex design challenges. Her most recent contributions includes an accessible bedroom/bathroom for George to The Rescue — a home improvement TV show on NBC. Outside of work, Lisbeth participates in interior design pro-bono projects, and has designed spaces for a number of non-profit organizations such as the Bowery Mission Center and Restore NYC. Her efforts have been recognized across a number of publications such as Fast Company and Interior + Sources.

Lisbeth Teaches:
HSX 055 55B SUN: Exploring Interior Design
Fall Semester      Spring Semester     Summer Semester

Teaching Philosophy:
My goal is to inspire students to measure their success by the amount of difference they make. With Interior Design, we have the ability to change people’s lives with the environments we design. Let’s make a difference together while being creative.

Industry Experience:

  • TPGArchitecture- NY commercial firm
  • Integrated Service Learning Project- NY volunteer Interior Design services
  • Lembo Design- NY High-End Residential Firm

Work by Lisbeth Jimenez

Preparing an art portfolio for college?

Portfolio deadlines are coming up soooo soon! (FIT Fall 2020 deadline is FEBRUARY 1st)
Thankfully, FIT’s Precollege Programs still has 4-day workshops that can help you focus and finalize.

DATES :
Saturdays, November 16, 23, December 7, 14, 2019
Sundays, November 17, 24, December 8, 15, 2019
Helpful numbers:
  • FIT Admissions: 212.217.3760-For questions about specific deadlines, costs and specific requirements
  • FIT Registrar: 212.217.3820-For questions about transcripts or course history
Not sure what course to take? The Precollege Staff: Mary, Marta, and Ayana are here to help! You are welcome to call 212.217.4630 (press 3 to talk to one of us) or send us an email if you have any questions.
~Precollege Staff

Instructor Spotlight: Mary Robertson

Mary Robertson is a veteran publicist who has promoted many companies, brands and products, including fashion and accessories collections, books, and more recently subscription boxes. She has planned and executed public relations strategy for several companies and brands, including influencer activations and red carpet outreach to stylists and celebrities.

 

Mary Robertson teaches:
HSX 131:
Public Relations for Fashion: The Industry in Action
Fall Semester     Spring Semester     Summer Semester

Teaching philosophy:
PR in the broadest sense is selling — promoting the acceptance of ideas, the awareness of products and companies, or the adoption of practices.  Pitching effectively is a life skill that is widely beneficial in many contexts. We’ll also delve into what it’s like working for a brand in-house versus working for a PR agency which might inform pre-college students curious about a potential career path.

Industry Experience:
Much of Mary’s career was focused on the promotion of shoe brands.  She began representing Roger Vivier for Delman in the 1990s, and subsequently worked on Delman, Miss Trish, and several Nina shoe brands, as Director of Publicity for Nina Footwear,  covering every price point from luxury to volume sales.

At Nina, she posted social media, and planned and placed paid and earned digital initiatives, including a great many influencer activations, gaining an informed perspective on what types of promotion deliver return on investment for brands.

Mary has mentored a great many FIT Advertising, Marketing and Communications students as interns over the past decade, several of whom were hired for full time positions at Nina.