Dont Miss Me Too Much

Sadly, my class has come to an end. My mood board is being perfected and when I finish I will be emailing my professor for feedback. Now, I know all the skills I need to get into FIT. Professor Cutting made it easy and clear on how to make everything perfect and neat. He taught me how to photoshop my background, shade and cut out my fashion figures, how to cut swatches and how to make everything the best I can.

When my portfolio is complete, It will look something like this:




But, don’t miss me too much, FIT. In the summer I will be taking a sewing class to create a denim jacket to add to my portfolio. I will be focusing on my portfolio this summer and hopefully, I will be accepted into FIT. 

I am a dream chaser and I will not let anything stop me from accomplishing my goal. I hope one day I’ll become a big brand designer for swimwear and will be able to thank FIT. I highly recommend classes at FIT because it made everything seem possible and taught me things that I had no idea about in the past. Being successful means you have to work hard at everything you do and don’t let any obstacles break you or stop you from completing your goal. What is your goal in life? 

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~Isabella Basile

Tonight I’m a Rock ‘n’ Roll Star

The music world has always been something very mysterious to me. It is allusive in its nature daunting and terrifying and oh so intriguing. Musicians themselves have an intoxicating presence. They collect such followings because of the quality of their profession. They rip open their chests, pluck out their hearts, and hold them out in their hands for us all to watch, as they beat and bleed. They make themselves vulnerable in the most personal way, the good ones do at least. This can be a musician’s success, but it can also be their downfall. Vulnerability coupled with celebrity and then criticism has killed so many young stars. We watch them climb to the top and fall down, as we point and laugh at them.

I myself have fallen in love with countless rockstars. With their brooding, sad eyes, broken hearts, and strong hands, what woman wouldn’t love one? They make great company, often smart, and speaking in lyrical whispers, constantly tapping away at the wall between you and them with their drum sticks and guitar strings and soft voices. They will break your heart, only if you let them. But it’s so much more fun to let them.

A look comes with being a musician, a certain cool and stage presence, a knowledge of how to carry yourself. They walk down the street and you know who they are. Marc Jacobs described it best when he said, “I like looking at the people who listen to the music I like. I like looking at the people who make the music I like… As a teenager growing up in NYC… I was seduced by punk. Not at first by the sound, but by the visual noise that came from it, from the scene, from the different styles of the bands and the styles of their fans.” Because with rockstar’s confidence, or at least their facade of confidence, they can get away with wearing almost anything. This is something that people who don’t look like Mick Jagger or Joan Jett cannot always do. So for an art project I designed a line of clothes that brought rock star style down from the nether sphere and into a more reachable grasp. I inserted them into images of 1970’s New York, because I wanted to reflect the dirtiness and grittiness of the clothing. I believe that not only should everyone get the chance to look like a rockstar, but everyone at some point in their lives has wanted to be a rockstar. And you’re lying if you say you haven’t.

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My design

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My Design (the shirt says “Barely Legal”)

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My Design

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My Design (the guys around it are vigilantes who were known as the Guardian Angels)

Designers like Marc Jacobs have ventured down this path before. In his 1992 collection for Perry Ellis, Jacobs epitomized the LA rock ‘n’ roll queen by way of Courtney Love. This was also the collection that subsequently got him fired from the brand. More recently companies like Saint Laurent Paris, the re-branded name of Yves Saint Laurent, with their new head designer Hedi Slimane sent models down the runway in over-sized flannel shirts, babydoll dresses, and fishnet stockings for their Fall/Winter 2013 collection. Up and coming designer Christian Benner beat me to the chase a little bit when he said he wants people who buy his clothes to know that they can “own it, their own, it might sound corny but, rockstar, in a sense.” It doesn’t sound corny at all.

I love music so much, but I don’t play an instrument, and I can’t sing, and I don’t like performing, so this is my way in. To make and design rockstar clothes for the average person. To cultivate a brand and a name that is known for its ability to create a feeling, a vibe, not just clothes.

– Sophia


Getting Inspired

Every designer knows how frustrating it is to have a mental block. As potential FIT students, we all have a desire to create. However, sometimes we don’t know how to go about starting a project, or we can’t quite duplicate the image in our heads. I want to give you some advice on how to get inspired!

In my Magazine Design Precollege course, my inspiration comes from talking to other people in the class, as well as looking at already-published magazines. During the first few classes, I was having a lot of trouble designing my cover. I couldn’t quite make it match my color scheme, while also having it look like a magazine you might see in a store. However, I spent some time looking through Teen Vogue, Glamour, and Seventeen, and I brought a few of the pages into class. Using them as a guide, I was able to create a design that was original, but also fit the “personality” of my magazine.

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Basically, what I’m saying is, it’s okay to get inspiration from other people. It doesn’t make your work any less creative (as long as you aren’t copying, obviously).  Looking through other work can trigger your own original thoughts. You may like a certain style or trend, and you can alter it or add your own twist. Just don’t get frustrated – your innovative idea will come soon!

– Marisa

Designers Unite!

Welcome back to another epic installment of “Emily’s Precollege Blog Posting”! Today’s topic is the design industry.
I’m a part of the Cooper Hewitt DesignPrep Scholars Program. At its most basic level, it’s a great opportunity for learning skills related to the design industry. At the Scholars level, it’s an invaluable tool for creating a network of people who can help you get an inside edge. Here’s the link to the program page: Cooper Hewitt Design Prep Many other museums offer similar programs: for example the MET, the Rubin Museum of Art  and many others. There’s this great event the MET holds twice a year called the Teen Open House where most museums in NYC come together to show off their teen programs. These programs are great for getting involved with museums, and look GREAT on both college and job applications. Some of the programs are even paid internships!
Monday, October 15th was the 7th annual Teen Design Fair, held at the Altman Building (135 West 18th street) by the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum. Designers from across the industry were there, from industrial to architecture to media to apparel and fashion. Everything was represented. There were even some college admissions tables located on the lower floor, including FIT. I spent my time floating around the tables occupied by the fashion designers. They included Ann Taylor Inc, Kate Spade, and Mal Sirrah.
Tim Gunn, THE Tim Gunn of Project Runway fame, was the keynote speaker. The other Scholars and I got to speak with him in a private setting for almost a half hour. I even got to take a photo with him! It was honestly one of the most exciting moments in my life.

His standout piece of advice I remember, however, didn’t have to do with fashion, Project Runway, or college. It was about the industry. “You have to be so passionate about your design, that you cannot imagine doing anything else”. You can’t just want to design on the side, because there are at least ten other people who want to design full time. You have to devote yourself fully to your craft, to being the best you can be at it. Another designer I met was Malcom Harris of Mal Sirrah. His advice was to “make one thing so well that no one can beat you at it”. He’s known for his “One Dress”, artfully- designed garment that is only limited in the ways it can be worn by your imagination. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each color dress benefits a different charity.

So what can you do right now? Get your name out there. Make a Facebook fan page for your designs. (Mine’s here!) Go to college tours. Interviews. Don’t be afraid of people. The more people you talk to, the more people will know your name. The more people who know your name, the better of a chance you have of getting into the industry. Mr. Gunn even said that being a designer is a cutthroat field, and you have to be able to go out of your comfort zone to excel. FIT classes are a great example of this- they help you learn new skills that can actually be applied in college and the real world.
How do you guys get involved outside of FIT classes?



Collage or College?

To reiterate our homework assignment, we were instructed to choose a product and build an ad campaign for it. The product I chose was Sharpie marker ’cause who doesn’t love the feel of a brand new Sharpie?

I got to class, did a little morning sketching to “connect our hands to our brains” and then got my first project of the day. Make a collage for the type of person that I thought was the consumer for my product and find pictures of who they are and what they like. We had to get pretty specific though, know what their job is, how old they are, what they like to do in their free time, the usual. The basic image of my consumer is a twenty-something year old toy designer who lives in Brooklyn (probably Williamsburg…), goes out to cool Brooklyn bars, and hangs out with friends when he’s not designing the newest toys on the market.
The room was a beautiful mess. There were scraps of paper, glue sticks, and magazines scattered on the table. I forgot what color the table was to begin with, but clean up was surprisingly easy with so many hands.



The end result of the collage compiled and glued into my sketchbook looked like this:


(sorry for the bad quality pictures, I snapped ’em on my iPhone real quick, I’ll try to get a better one of the collage)

By the way on a total side note, I was talking to a girl in my class (who doesn’t live in the city) and asked her what the name of my consumer guy should be, and she suggested, “something french, like ‘Lephlem'” ’cause there was a boy in her school who is french and has that last name. And it turns out that same boy was also in my kindergarten class! Small freakin’ world!

Jada (my professor) did something really helpful as we were working. She asked us what schools we were looking to apply to, pulled up all of their portfolio requirements, and told what each school we were interested in wants to see in out portfolios! So many schools want so many different things its crazy! We compared it to our syllabus and we’re actually going to be doing a lot of the projects they’re looking for (I’d be scared if we weren’t).

I hope your classes are helping you are much as mine is!

Until next time,