Fashion Final: Christian Dior’s “New Look”

My final project: that’s been a pretty hot topic in my agenda for the past couple of days.  I’m embarrassed to admit my time management is terrible and that after I finish this post I will not only begin my project, but finish it all in the same night.  I have let procrastination get the best of me and now have to pay the cost by sitting in the house on a Friday night in order to contribute my part of my partner designer final project.

Me and my partner’s task is to pick a designer, define their characteristics and what influence there work, as well as what influence they have over the fashion industry today.  My love for Christian Dior’s “New Look,” 8 shape silhouette led me to choose his immense collection, dating all the way back to his breakout collection in 1947 which forever changed the fashion industry and the way women dressed.

I may talk a good talk, but I had to do a lot of research in order to really understand Dior and see beauty the way he used to.  But it wasn’t just facts and memorization; working with a partner is always difficult no matter how close or distant you are to your partner.  My partner, Sydney, and I live in the same town, go to the same school, yet never had the chance to get together and complete our project.  So as she visits colleges down South, we communicate and try to separate each of our responsibilities, while also trying to forget the fact that we have less than 24 hours to start and finish this project.  I always joke with my friends and say I work better under pressure and receive better grades when I cram, but at this point my exhaustion is slowly taking over my body. Before I graduate high school, I may have to reevaluate my study habits and work ethic.


Christian Dior’s 1947 New Look pieces as seen at the MET

Christian Dior’s 1947 New Look pieces as seen at the MET

Striving for Perfection in My Portfolio


Ahhh, May is here. It’s time to get studying for SAT’s, AP exams, and Regents and Finals. This week, I’m completely keeping a focus on my future and my future goals. After all, I’ll need some kind of reminder as to why I’m staying up so late to study.

As my friends came back from college visiting, they returned with many worries and little reassurance. They look at me with envy because I know exactly where I want to go and what exactly I want to do. In any case, the questions I would ask while on college visits would be “How strong is its Fashion Design program? What is their credibility for it? Is it a SUNY? Is it in the center of one of the biggest and most thriving-in-fashion cities in the world?”

The only college that has been able to answer all these questions with “Yes” or “Outstanding” so far, has been FIT. So now, I’ve found my dream college. What, may you ask, am I doing to ensure that I get in to it?

Well, as far as my portfolio, that’s exactly what the drawing classes at FIT are for! Not only have I gotten to experience FIT firsthand and find out that it truly is the school for me, but I’ve built up my skills tremendously. In one day, my figure’s ‘faces’ have gone from alien-looking to decent and still improving. I’ve learned how to make clothes not only realistic, but three dimensional. My drawings used to show clothes with no point of entry, but now they have zippers, pockets, and buttons and even convey texture. Just last week I turned in my first assignment; a presentation of spring related separates, including an inspiration board and swatches. It gave me an idea of just what kind of hard work fashion design is, and all the different aspects that go into it.

We also saw the FIT college students’ exhibit. It was absolutely incredible, and only made me want to be apart of this institution even more! The fabulous garments gave so much inspiration and showed how dedicated these students are to their work.

This summer, I’ll be working on my portfolio and my resume, which is practically bursting. My portfolio will definitely be the hard part since there are so many different ideas buzzing in my head. A good portfolio should show that you know the basics, and that you have the raw talent that you need them to mold into skill. It should show a well-rounded collection with versatility and originality. Creativity is key to being in the fashion design industry.

It also needs to show your hard work and strive for perfection. If you’re lazy about your portfolio, it will show bad work-ethic. They won’t want someone who can come up with a good piece every so often over the person who consistently comes up with well-constructed garments.

Everyone tells me I need to look for back up schools, just incase I don’t get into FIT or realize it isn’t for me. My immediate reaction is “a fashion designer won’t have time to waste worrying about a back up plan.” That’s the typical me, my drive is strong and I never stop in the process of getting where I want to. But, subconsciously, I have back up plans, just not very well thought out ones. I will probably apply to Parson’s, RISD, and a few SUNY schools (no out of state schools for me.) But how long am I supposed to be out of my beloved city for?! Do they really expect me to pay twice the money in tuition, at least? It’s all a crazy idea, I tell you.

Since I’ve known for so long what i’ve wanted to do, these past couple of years i’ve spent building stronger skills and a fantastic list of extra-curriculars. For those of you who don’t know what you want to do, I recommend getting involved. Community service will never hurt a college application, and you might find exactly what you want to do by joining a mix of different clubs. Explore every opportunity you are given; that’s how I found my happiness.




There’s Nothing Like That Feeling of Accomplishment…

…When you finally check off the last task on your ‘to do’ list. You finally have time to relax…  for about an hour or so; then it’s time to do it all over again.

My schedule is hectic and it does get to be overwhelming at times, but I always remind myself that it’s my choice. I made it that way. I do things most teenagers don’t because I want to be a successful worker in the industry of fashion and, why not get a head start on it?

My schedule:

High School always comes first before college, as much as I wish it didn’t. SAT’s are exactly a week away. This test will determine what college I get into. Nerve wrecking right?! For about the past month, I have tried to get at least thirty minutes to one hour of studying in per-day. But now that the test is only one week away, my studying will amp up to several more hours.

I prioritize myself and keep two agendas in my purse wherever I go (except when I go out at night- which is rare.). I would recommend this to anyone with a busy schedule because it really helps you keep up with your work.

After SAT prep, school work is second on my list of prioritizing. Between homework, projects, and essays, it has to be done!

When I’m finished with high school work, I move on to college work! My FIT class doesn’t require take home assignments but we do need to bring in items to incorporate into the projects. If the professor hands out notes, I re-read them and go over what is expected for the next class. I don’t consider this to be ‘dreaded work’ more as learning fun.

And when that’s done, I work on ‘MiRi Co.’ MiRi Co is a small project a friend and I produced. It forming, creating and shooting fashion photography. The models we use are volunteers from our school. We help the models build up a portfolio as well as ourselves. I style the shoot, come up with the concepts, buy and borrow the needed attire, and basically direct when shooting. My friend, Maggie, is the photographer, but also helps me whenever I need it. I love working on these shoots because it’s my favorite hobby.

When I finally reach some free time, I usually read or go out with friends. Over my spring break I had quite a lot of time on my hands. I read two novels, made several trips to the city, shot 1 photo shoot (they take up a lot of time) and even went out. But now that reality has returned, it’s time to get back on task. But hey, I’m not complaining :)


My Time Management Trick? My Moleskin Planner

I’m not going to lie, sometimes being a high school student and a Precollege student can be a bit hectic.  Not many high schoolers  would voluntarily wake up at 7 a.m. on a Saturday to head to yet another class.  However, I’m so in love with fashion, that I really enjoy waking up early to get to FIT!  Thankfully, I’m in a class that doesn’t require too much homework (especially because our mannequins stay in the classroom), and I’m able to focus most of my weekday afternoons on schoolwork.

I have after-school activities on Mondays and Tuesdays, so on those days I try to finish my homework early.  Now AP Exams are rapidly approaching, so I’m also budgeting in a good amount of studying each night.

It’s also important to have time for social activities–on nights when I don’t have too much homework, I spend time with friends after school.  On Fridays, I enjoying going out, but I also  make sure to get home early enough to be well rested for my morning classes!  When I’m interning at Marc Jacobs around show times, things can get really crazy with late hours and lots of work.  All the work is for fashion though, so I love every minute of it. Of course, I couldn’t get anywhere without my Moleskine planner–I use it to mark test dates, nightly homework, big events, and even when I need to submit these blog posts!  Although it’s difficult to stayed balanced, I try to have time for all different sorts of things.    Have a great week and stay busy (but not too busy)!



How Do You Juggle Your Schedule? Here’s How I Do It…

Today, as I sat in US History class, I watched as my teacher taught about inflation during the early 1900’s. However, I couldn’t focus… I was busy thinking about his simple button-up and how the shoulders were slightly too loose. I was imagining how it could be reconstructed for a better fit. All these things to be taken into consideration as I make my first blazer out of a gorgeous, long sought-after baby blue and yellow brocade (my obsession since fall).

I guess I missed my FIT classes too much!

These days, everything is getting so competitive. More and more people are applying to SUNY schools because they are so much more affordable. Of course, like any other student trying to get into their dream school, I try my hardest to meet all of the requirements needed to get in. Some times of the year are harder than others…like midterm week, finals week, the end of each quarter, and before big breaks. I’m also very competitive with my extra-curricular activities.

But how do you manage all this stuff? I’ll show you how I do it (or sometimes don’t, but should):

  • PRIORITIZE. What comes first this week? Is it your Chemistry test or your Art History day trifold? Always go with what comes first.
  • PREPARE. You don’t want to be cramming for those SAT’s last minute. Use big breaks to read  your review books, catch up on art projects, and meet up with old friends (that way you don’t feel so bad blowing them off when you’re busy later). Knowing what you have to do is half the battle, it’s so much harder to get things done when you can’t remember what you have to do!
  • LISTS. I use the long commute I have to school (45 minutes) to do homework, and sometimes I make lists of art projects I have to do and put them in order from greatest to least importance. This is another part of preparing and always helps when you actually know what you have to do that day.
  • GIVE MORE TIME THAN NECESSARY. Sleep is always important, especially if you need a lot of focus during school. I know that getting more sleep keeps me way more concentrated, and that’s important because it means less studying later. Don’t overbook yourself and then miss out on your beauty sleep (a good way for getting good sleep to stay focused is exercise). Only plan to work on one or two projects a night, depending on how much homework you have.
  • RESPONSIBILITY. I know exactly how hard it is to look at a boyfriend’s sad puppy eyes and say, “No, we can’t hangout for the 3rd day in a row. I have work to do,” or having to send a remorseful text to a friend you haven’t seen in weeks canceling girls night because something urgent came up. I’ve learned a lot of responsibility in the last couple of years, and take it from someone who knows, there will always be parties on Friday nights the day before class. But what you learn the next day could be with you forever. Your efforts do pay off, and it’s always better to celebrate them after with the people you love.
  • SOMETIMES, SAY NO. Being happy and sane is more important than anything else. If you’re so stressed that you’re not enjoying yourself, ease off the activities. I absolutely love creating art and would never want to take it for granted; so I give myself time with it and don’t push my boundaries. I don’t need to get a piece done in a couple days if I’m not going to love making it.
  • USE TIME WISELY. Like I mentioned before, I have a 45 minute commute to school (without traffic, Fridays get rough) and a 2 hour commute to the city on Saturdays. Every morning, I do my hair and makeup in the car and eat breakfast, and sometimes do homework. On the way home I always do school work, study my SAT book, knit, or like right now, hand bead a garment I’m working on. On the train ride, I mostly draw and work on my current FIT projects and study some more or read. I even bring flashcards on the subway sometime; you never know when you’ll be waiting around for 10 minutes for the next train. I’m also constantly on my blackberry emailing to keep up with different groups.

I like to stick to a schedule during the week; it definitely helps keep my mind on track. Right now, I go to physical therapy Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, I take spinning classes Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays, and I go to the city Saturdays. It gets really hectic…but I guess that’s my life. I thrive on keeping busy – it motivates me and pushes me to my limit. Things to get a bit crazy sometimes but you just have to keep reminding yourself of your progress and all of the positive things you have going for you. It’s always worth it!