Instructor Spotlight: Suzanne Piazza

Suzanne Piazza’s career started in fashion buying and later shifted into product development and fashion direction. Some of the companies she has worked for are JCrew, JC Penney, and Lord & Taylor. Suzanne is a graduate of the FIT Fashion Business Program, and started teaching at FIT in 1978. She teaches a variety of classes in the Fashion Business Management department, where she has worked for over 35 years.

 

Suzanne Piazza teaches:

 

Teaching Philosophy:
I challenge my students to start thinking about a position or company they might really want to work for one day. I explain how each one of us is different and unique and it is very important to find a career doing something you really love. I share clear insight and examples from the industry and have students engage in projects that they can use in the real world. I spend a lot of time getting to know my students and encourage them to ask questions and email me at FIT in the future if they need help or guidance. Several of my past Sat Live students are now in my college classes.

 

Industry Experience:
  • Fashion Director, Product Developer and Buyer at JC Penney
  • Fashion Director at JCrew
  • Women’s Department Manager at Lord & Taylor

 

In The Halls: Alondra

Student:  Alondra (16) Bronx, NY Program: Saturday Live
Precollege Course:�
HFM 60: Fashion Forecasting: Seeing Into the Future

Describe your personal style?
The way I’d describe my personal stlye is comfortable, casual, with a little nit of a dressy aspect to it. I like simple jewelry and pops of color incorporated into my outfits. I’m more on the girly side.

Where do you go on your breaks from class?
On my break, I usually go to local stores, to eat, or to look at clothes.
What is your favorite thing about FIT?
My favorite thing about FIT is the fact that as students here, we have access to trend forecasdting services (such as Donegar, WWD, and StyleSight) that help us get out foot in the door.

Who or what inspires you?
I’m inspired by how much fashion changes. I love to see different styles evolve, such as  “Punk/Rock”, “Hobo”, “Preppy”, etc. I also am inspired by street fashion.

 

-Meghan

In The Halls: Sunny

Student: Sunny (17) Little Ferry, NJ
Program: Saturday Live
Precollege Course:
HFM 60: Fashion Forecasting: Seeing Into the Future

Describe your personal style?
Personally I like any style, from girly to preppy and from punk mixed with pink.

Where do you go on your breaks from class?
I walk around the campus, go to Panera Bread or Gigi Cafe, or use the time to organize myself.

What is your favorite thing about FIT?
FIT’s classes are very specifiic and everything you need is in the neighborhood.

Who or what inspires you?
My inspiration is my aunt. She owns a small boutique and works successfully, bringing clothes from Korea to America.

What do you want to do after you graduate from college?
I would like to work in the industry, be successful, and have my own successful business.

 

-Meghan