Jackie Gussin is a graduate of the FIT Textile Development and Marketing Program. During her time at FIT, she interned in buying and merchandising programs. Post graduation, Jackie became the Studio Services Coordinator at Barneys New York followed by a transition into the Saks Fifth Avenue Marketing Team where her responsibilities in the manager role encompass a mix of merchandising, management, operations and styling. With over a decade of experience in the fashion industry she offers insight into the jobs in the fashion merchandising industry focusing on client service excellence, goals achievement, versatility and financial impact.
Through the course I want to give the students an idea of what to prepare for in the competitive job market. I want them to take away problem solving techniques, presentation and networking skills, and efficiency strategies. I strive to create a course where students can foster a passion for the fashion industry to become a “lifelong learner” while hopefully creating industry connections, grow their community for opportunities in the future. Through lecture, discussion, demonstrations, and presentations I promote an active learning space.
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.
JSX 031 Basic Drawing Skills
JSX 038 Exploring Painting, Drawing, and Collage
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
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
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.
- 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
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.
HSX 055 55B SUN: Exploring Interior Design
Fall Semester Spring Semester Summer Semester
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.
- TPGArchitecture- NY commercial firm
- Integrated Service Learning Project- NY volunteer Interior Design services
- Lembo Design- NY High-End Residential Firm
Work by Lisbeth Jimenez
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.
Saturdays, November 16, 23, December 7, 14, 2019
Sundays, November 17, 24, December 8, 15, 2019
- 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.