Introducing New Precollege Blogger: Emily

I’m Emily and I’m a junior from Rockaway, New York. I’ve taken Saturday classes at FIT since the fall of my freshman year, back in 2010. All in all, I’ve taken Sewing for Fashion Designers, Fashion Design Techniques, Fashion Art for Fashion Designers, Advanced Fashion Design Art Techniques, Junior Special Occasion, and I’m signed up for Anatomy of Fashion this semester. If you haven’t guessed by now, I’m into fashion. But not street fashion, or everyday wear. I love evening gowns, wedding gowns, and prom dresses. If it’s a special occasion which requires a dress, I want to design the dress. I could go on for hours about gowns and fit and fabric… But my goal in life isn’t to design the most beautiful gown or to have the most successful label. It’s to change the way the fashion industry presents physical beauty, and to positively influence the way adolescents see themselves. Whether I do this through my primary passion, special occasion wear, or through any of the numerous hobbies I’ve developed over the years like handmade jewelry or photography, doesn’t matter. The simple fact that social standards of beauty have been changed would be enough for me.

I’ve been making beaded jewelry since I was nine, and have sold to some celebrities. Motivational Speaker Jerry “D’Rhino” Clark purchased a turquoise and pearl necklace for his wife, Marky Ramone, drummer of the rock band The Ramones is a repeat customer of mine, and I’ve sold fashion’s darling Isaac Mizrahi a pair of Swarovski Crystal earrings. Besides that, one of the more interesting facts about me is how I am the proud owner of five chickens.

I love my chickens.

There are so many different types of chickens, and they are so beautiful. The ones I have are twin Bard Plymouth Rock chickens named Marsala and Parmesan, two Easter Egger chickens named Hawkeye and Nugget, and the chillest Aracuna chicken named General Tso. One of my goals is to design a line of gowns inspired by their feathers. Hawkeye has spear-point shaped, off-white feathers with a multi-dimensional black stripe down the center around her neck, and mottled browns and grays over her wings, with eggshell white downy clouds underneath her tail. The twins are covered in black, gray and white striped feathers that have a metallic green sheen on the darkest part. Nugget is the color of a chicken McNugget, with the same little black speckles reminiscent of ground pepper. And General Tso. The General is a hazy day in the woods, small charcoal feathers covering her head, blending into more of a chestnut color down her breast into a body covered with feathers reminiscent of stormy clouds.

I guess what I’m trying to get at is the way I love the little things, the things not noticed at a first glance. That’s what I love about clothes. The little details on a shirt that make it unique. How an interestingly placed seam creates more than visual appeal, it can completely alter the mood a garment creates. The way a well-tailored jacket does more than just act as an essential accessory, it’s a way to exude confidence as you walk down the street. And those are all ideas I will come back to in upcoming posts. I’m really excited to  blog for FIT so I can share all the little things about my adventures in Manhattan after class, stories from class, deals in the fabric district, my thoughts on a particular designer, the concept behind a runway presentation, or even a particular garment. I want to be able to share the world as I see it, where the oft-overlooked, inspiring details are brought to the surface of the imagination.


Introducing New Precollege Blogger: Lilli

Being a 17 year old with a (slightly unhealthy) passion for fashion, can be quite a challenge when you have lived your entire life in Upstate New York. The small suburb of Loudonville, which consists of popped collars, Vineyard Vines everything and juicy gossip, is what I call home. A $50 Amtrak ticket can buy me a two and a half hour, one-way escape to one of the greatest fashion capitals of the world, New York City. Fashion is my form of self-expression. Clothing can define who you are, where you’re going and what you’re doing. You can learn someone’s story by just looking at how they styled themselves. When I am in New York City, I feel as though I can express my personal style without being judged!

In the past two years, I have been fortunate enough to take 4 Precollege courses at The Fashion Institute of Technology. Two summers ago, I took two classes in the Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design department. In HDE 114 Styling of Fashion, Food and Home Products for the Visual Industry, we learned the necessary planning and skills to set up a professional photo shoot using different props such as shoes, mannequins, and dinning ware. HDE 115 In-Store Marketing and Retail Event Planning made me aware of the effectiveness of a store’s layout and how to create a product to draw the consumers attention.

After just one week of classes, I realized my true love for styling. In the spring of 2012, I took HSX 121: Passion for Fashion Styling to better my knowledge of specifically, fashion styling. This past summer, I took HDE 114 Styling of Fashion, Food and Home Products for the Visual Industry with Professor Glenn Sokoli again. His outgoing personality really makes lectures and everyday class work so enjoyable! When I am at FIT, I really feel like I am learning skills that will help me find my place in the fashion industry.

I recently just began my senior year of high school. I have yet to accept the fact that I will be a COLLEGE freshman in less than one short year. I feel as though it was only yesterday when I was in the seventh grade and told myself I would do whatever possible to attend FIT in the fall of 2013. Waking up to catch a 6 am train in order to make it to the city for a 9:30 Precollege course might seem crazy to some people. But for me, it is an opportunity to better my chances of being a part of The Fashion Institute of Technology’s Class of 2017! My passion for fashion has slowly taken over every aspect of my life and I couldn’t be happier.



Introducing New Precollege Blogger: Mai

First and foremost, I would like to introduce myself. My name is Mai Ohana (Pronounced “My” and yes “Ohana” like in Lilo and Stitch). I currently attend The Professional Performing Arts School in the heart of New York City’s Theatre District (right next to Times Square you can only imagine how crowded my subway is in the morning).

I am a born and raised New York City soul, currently occupying and apartment in the West Village. Let me take this time out to say that there is no place else I could ever imagine myself. There is no other venue that would feel quite as home as the city does. Apart from Drama, I am interested in perusing a career as a Graphic Designer. I am particularly interested in Typography.There is just something about language and visual art I find enchanting and Typography is the perfect fusion of the two.

I think the quote that accurately describes how I feel about language comes from the movie Waking Life.

“…But when it gets really interesting, I think is when we use that same system of symbols to communicate all the abstract and intangible things that we’re experiencing. What is “frustration”? Or what is “anger” or “love”? When I say “love” the sound comes out of my mouth and it hits the other person’s ear, travels through this byzantine conduit in their brain through their memories of love or lack of love. And they register what I’m saying and they say yes they understand, but how do I know? Because words are inert. They’re just symbols. They’re dead. You know? And so much of our experience is intangible. So much of what we perceive cannot be expressed. It’s unspeakable. And yet, you know, when we communicate with one another and we feel that we have connected and we think we’re understood I think we have a feeling of almost spiritual communion. And that feeling may be transient, but I think it’s what we live for.”


– Kim Krizan


To me this quote fully embodies everything I adore and admire about language. I guess that’s also why I’m so interested in blogging. Being able to communicate my experiences and have other people internalize it and take it for what it is, is what is I live for.

As far as classes go, I have taken one other course at FIT: HTS 154: Screen Printing T-Shirts (Although I took the class twice because I loved it so much and Linda Daly has so much to offer, so maybe that counts as two classes?). I am currently enrolled in the HAD 149: Advertising and Graphic Design Portfolio class which I am looking forward to with great anticipation.

Apart from my classes at FIT, I am currently in a new play (so new it isn’t even fully written) titled “A Spare Me” at my school and I participated in the School of Visual Art’s Pre-College summer program (taking classes in graphic design of course!). As for my long(ish) tern goals, I see myself staying in the city for college (AHHH!!) and attending art school in the city as a Graphic Design major. I’m monumentally excited for my classes to get underway.

What I hope to get out of this class is a new understanding and appreciation for graphic design, a few great pieces to put in my portfolio, and to learn a thing or two (or three or four) about the advertising world since it seems to go hand in hand with graphic design. I thank all the people at FIT for this opportunity, and hope everyone takes full advantage of their classes!


Introducing New Precollege Blogger: Sissi

Hello, I’m Hannah, but I prefer to call myself Sissi. I’m from Brooklyn and have lived here my whole life. A lot of my style and design aesthetic has come from the wonderful and fashionable people who walk the streets where I live.

I have taken a FIT class previously, JSX 50: The Fashion Cycle, and I really think that’s what hit off my love of fashion. I’m super excited to be taking, HAP025: Sewing for Fashion Designers and HAP017: Fashion Design Techniques. I have always had an interest in fashion, reading magazines and loving all types of blogs, but my FIT class really showed me that fashion is so much more, and that I had the capability to do it.

I spent my summer working on the fashion magazine that my friend and I run. It’s called Spirit Fashion and our main inspiration is Rookie magazine. We write about a wide variety of things, but we also feature photo shoots. She arranges, styles, and takes the pictures for these shoots. She wishes to be a fashion photographer and I want to be a designer, so it worked out perfectly that I would design a line and she would shoot it. We only have our first issue out so far, but we’re working on the second. I spend most of my spare time writing, designing, or sewing for Spirit Fashion. It has given me a structure for my designing. Each issue betters my sewing and fabric skills.

I’m not that advanced at sewing yet but I’m teaching myself how to work with leather and more advanced designs. I’m taking my designing slowly so that I can make everything I sketch. For this spring line I designed some leather pants as well as collared shirts in a hard fabric to tailor, and I will be studding. This is less advanced than what I would usually design, but it’s advanced enough for my sewing skills.

I’m homeschooled so I have a lot of free time on my hands. I have the choice to do school in the afternoon instead of morning, so I usually go with that. My days usually consist of school, reading blogs, writing my blog, sewing, writing other stuff, and designing. If I’m in between designing lines I’ll make myself something. Some days I don’t get dressed till 12:00 because I spent all morning sewing my outfit.

My biggest passion could be generally described as fashion. My main goal in designing clothes is to get what I see out there. I see fantastical things in my head and my one goal in life is to make then reality. I don’t know if this will lead to my showing at New York Fashion Week, as I have other things to worry about. I like to focus on making my art as high quality as possible, as I do in everything. I’m a little bit of a perfectionist but that comes in handy.

I have always loved reading blogs. I think it’s a great place to document your life, plus your inspiration. I have had a blog for around a year and when I look back to my early posts I remember who I was then. I feel like I want my work, which is a mixture of grunge and fairytale, to hold the line between modern and nostalgia fora childhood. Blogging has allowed me to explore myself and my personal style. Even though I spend some days in a t-shirt and sweatpants for sewing purposes, I still like styling when I can, and I can pretty often.   

I have so many goals in my life that I don’t really know where I should start. I have short term goals, such as finishing this issue of Spirit Fashion, doing well in school, and designing the fall line. Then I also have some longer term goals such as getting a job, going abroad for a bit, and maybe starting up an online store. I want to go to FIT for college and even though I work on my portfolio daily, I still work hard to better myself so I can get in. I guess my ultimate goal is to have a successful store where I make enough money to donate some to charity. I want to make people happy when they wear or see my work. So I guess my all time goal is to make people smile. I work to wow.


Introducing New Precollege Blogger: Brandon

Bonjour blog readers! I’ll be your Precollege Programs blogger for the Summer 2012 semester! I apologize in advance for this novel that you’re about to read, but I assure you that the rest of my posts won’t be nearly as long as this one. With that said, let’s begin! For those who don’t know me, (which is most of you), my name is Brandon and I live in Long Island, New York. For those of you who do know me, my name is still Brandon and I still reside in Long Island, New York.

I’m an incoming Junior in high school with interests in fashion, photography and art. I guess you can say I’m very cliché, artsy kid from New York, but I’ll tell you that I’m quite unique so I dare you to find a cliché, artsy kid from New York like me. This summer I’ll be taking courses at FIT for the first time, and I’m more excited than a 13 year old girl at a One Direction concert!! Words cannot describe how big my expectations are for this summer! I’ll be like Charlie walking into Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory, full of excitement and pure desire. The courses I’ll be taking are “HFA 143: Architectural Rendering” and “HAC 063: Careers in Advertising and Marketing Communications.”

Lately, there has been much pressure put on my shoulders about my future, specifically to do with my major in college and the career I choose to follow. As a sixteen year old, it’s way too early for me to choose. So I have decided to take full advantage of the courses at FIT. I’ve always been very interested in pursuing Architecture, due to my savvy in mathematics and huge passion for drawing/sketching, and advertising and marketing has always interested me. By the end of the courses, I hope to know what path I’ll choose to follow. However, if I’m not sure by then, I’ll definitely be taking FIT courses throughout the school semesters.

Here’s some of my sketches:

This year I took a specific fondness in sketching ballerinas, as well as some fashion looks. I am extremely excited about this opportunity to blog, because I’ve always wanted to voice my opinions and thoughts. I’m running out of room in this huge head of mine, so I’m deciding to share my thoughts with all of you! I expect this blog to be a lovechild between Tumblr, LookBook and your typical but not typical fashion blog. I’ll be reflecting my days at FIT, posting my outfit choices when going out with my friends or just going through another day at FIT, and sharing with you my thoughts and opinions on pop culture, current events and summer trends! SO bare with my kiddies and buckle up, because this is going to be a very bumpy ride (in the best ways possible).




p.s. I’m sure most of you are wondering what I look like, so here I am:

Kidding of course.. Here is the real me when the lights and cameras are put away, and my hair/makeup stylist is on break: