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

 

Instructor Spotlight: Jennifer Bentivegna

Jennifer Bentivegna is a fashion merchandising and buying professional who spent her career in various roles at Giorgio Armani in the merchandising and e-commerce departments. She is a graduate of the FIT Fashion Merchandising Management program. She began teaching at FIT in 2014 in the Fashion Business Management department. She teaches courses in Product Development, Merchandising, and Team Development. Jennifer is currently enrolled in a master’s degree program at SUNY Empire where she plans to graduate with a Masters In Learning and Emerging Technologies.

Prof. Bentivegna teaches the following FIT Precollege Classes:

HFM 060 Fashion Forecasting: Seeing into the Future

Teaching Philosophy:
I believe in sharing my knowledge of the industry with my students. I want them to understand that the only constant in this industry is change, and it is my role as an instructor to prepare you for those constant changes. Teamwork, passion, and drive are the recipe for success in fashion, and my goal is to bring all three of those qualities to the classroom every day.

Industry Experience:

  • Director of Men’s Merchandising, Armani Exchange
  • Director of Buying/Planning, ArmaniExchange.com

Introducing Precollege Blogger: Nicole

NicoleHeaneyColorHi everyone! My name is Nicole and yes red is my natural hair color. Now that that’s out of the way let’s get down to business. I am currently a junior in high school and I live on Long Island, New York. I discovered my love of fashion at a very young age. I remember the first time picking up a magazine and thinking to myself “ Wow look at all these different styles.” Ever since then it has been my goal to pursue a career in something I’m most passionate about, which is the fashion industry. When I’m not looking at the newest trends or browsing the racks at the mall, you can find me twirling flags with my color guard team, blogging and hanging out with my 4 year old sister. (Trust me I know it’s a big age difference)

This semester will be my first time attending the Precollege program at FIT. I am taking The Ins and Outs of Fashion Merchandising and I couldn’t be more excited. In the future, I hope to become a buyer. Analyzing the trends of what consumers are buying and deciding on the trends that will be coming out is what I am all about. Oh hey I’m a poet and I didn’t even know it! Wow sorry for that corny joke, but I felt like the timing was right. Last week was my first class and I was so excited that on the first day, I walked the wrong way for 3 blocks! That’s pretty embarrassing for someone who goes to New York City as often as I do, but hey it happens.

Like most other high school juniors, I was feeling really overwhelmed in deciding what to major in. All of my friends are going crazy trying to decide what they want to do and taking this Precollege class has kind of made me feel at ease. Stepping into FIT just feels right and every time I walk out with a smile. I’m so excited to see what is in store for this semester. Wow that was really sentimental, I think I need to go grab a tissue. Ok, I’m back now. Until next week, xoxo gossip girl.

Totally kidding. I can’t wait to share my experiences this semester with you all. Being able to blog for FIT is such a dream come true and I can’t wait to let you all know how class goes.

Until Next Time,

Nicole

In The Halls: Anna

Student: Anna (18) Great Neck, Long Island
Program: Saturday Live
Precollege Course:
HFM 060: Ins and Outs of Fashion Merchandising

Describe your personal style?
I’m very preppy! However, sometimes I tend to dress a little more edgy.

Where do you go on your breaks from class?
Depending on my mood, I either go to Starbucks or Green Tomato. 

What is your favorite thing about FIT?
Everything from the professors to the campus to the students! It’s such an amazing environment all together.

Who or what inspires you?
Anna Wintour is my greatest inspiration.

What do you want to do after you graduate from college?
I would love to work for someone like Oscar De La Renta.

 

-Meghan

In The Halls: Michaela

Student: Michaela (15) Springfield, NJ
Program: Saturday Live
Precollege Course:
HFM 060: Ins and Outs of Fashion Merchandising & HFS 180 Fabric Styling for Fashion

Describe your personal style?
I’m the perfect mix between edgy and vintage.. not too simple but not too out there.

Where do you go on your breaks from class?
Sometimes I stay in class and work on my projects. Other days I go to the Style Shop. They have such amazing stuff!

What is your favorite thing about FIT?
I love how you can be yourself without being judged. 

Who or what inspires you?
My favorite bloggers! Just with a click of a button you can access thousands of outfit pictures to use for your own inspiration. 

What do you want to do after you graduate from college?
After college I want to become the creative director of a large designer or company! I just don’t know who I’d like to work for yet.

 

-Meghan