Fashion Institute of Technology {How I Got In}



Ever since I was 12 years old, I dreamed of attending a design school in New York City. That design school is called the “Fashion Institute of Technology”! Now, I am very happy to say that on April 3rd, 2017, I got my acceptance letter in the mail. I was preparing for the application for almost a year. I started in the summer of 2016 and slowly and carefully starting sketching and organizing my portfolio. I was absolutely determined to get into FIT. I focused hard in school and continued to better my sketching and sewing in preparation for my application.
DISCLAIMER: Though Project Runway Junior may have helped my application stand out from others, I truly believe that without it, it would have been possible for me to be admitted into the Fashion Design program at FIT due to my perseverance and practice. So no, I believe that I didn’t just get admitted because I was on PRJR season two.
With that being said, everyone has an equal opportunity to be accepted if they try!

To begin, I created a semi-detailed YouTube video that goes over what FIT is about and the step you have to take to apply there, I show you the sketches and designs I turned in for my portfolio. Enjoy!

The first step is to fill out the SUNY application. From here, you must write an essay which answers the main questions. That can be found at:
http://www.fitnyc.edu/admissions/apply/index.php

As promised, here is my essay from the SUNY portion (Please spare from copying. Originality is key to a great application):

  • Before the daydream of being in the fashion industry flashed across my mind, I didn't know much about it. The only thing I knew for sure was that I needed to have very thick skin to make it in fashion. Once my interest was peaked from reading magazines such as Allure and Teen Vogue, I would spend hours upon hours watching episodes of Project Runway and YouTubing videos on how to sew. When I first began sewing, I started making circle skirts with my mother's old clothing. At the end of that up-cycling period, I had about ten skirts that were poorly constructed, but I was so proud of them. I used acrylic paint to do all sort of designs on them before I wore them to school. After I got my first sewing machine I was doing so much sewing that at times my mother would have to advise me to take a break. At one point, I should have taken her advice because a sewing needle went straight through my finger. However, that didn't stop me. My sewing skills continued to improve. Consequently, when the first season of Project Runway Junior aired I thought to myself,  "I could do that!" I had been practicing my sewing skills so much that I was confident I could compete and do well on the show. So, I applied and the next thing I knew I was on a plane to New York City as one of the twelve designers chosen out of thousands to be on season two of Project Runway Junior. There, I got the chance to show my designs to big names in the fashion industry such as Aya Kanai and Christian Siriano and the millions of viewers that would eventually watch. Not only was the opportunity a huge way for me to get my foot into the door of the fashion industry, but I really got a taste of what it's really like in the world of fashion. It was a tough road but the experience thickened my skin and it made me a stronger person. Furthermore, the opportunity helped me with time management when having to complete a specific task in the short amount of time I was given, how to work well in teams even if I may not have agreed with my partner, and how to take criticism from my peers, mentors, and other designers. All of these are qualities that are important to having a successful career in the fashion industry and to doing well in college. Like people say, fashion really is a cut throat industry but being on Project Runway Junior prepared me well and reassured me that fashion is something I want to do for the rest of my life. I shared my ideas and designs with the world, and now I want to share them some more. That is why I would like to continue learning about fashion and becoming a better designer through FIT’s fashion design program. I believe it will allow me to take an even bigger leap into the fashion industry and start a career out of it.
After you have completed the essay, you must turn in your high school transcript (most likely unofficial if you’re applying for the Fall). Then, you will be charged a fee of $50 in order to turn in your SUNY application.

A few days later, you will get an email that will allow you to begin applying to your major at FIT (YAY!).

THE FIT FASHION DESIGN AAS PORTFOLIO REQUIREMENTS:

http://www.fitnyc.edu/admissions/apply/portfolio/fashion-design-aas.php

My Fashion Design Portfolio Essay:

  • During the summer of 2015, I had the amazing opportunity to fly to New York City for the first time to take a Summer Live draping class at FIT. I wanted to get an idea of how my future in the fashion world would look and feel. During the end of the two week class, the students were told to put together two looks consisting of a shirt and skirt. On the last day of class, we had to present our two looks. Although I wasn’t too familiar with what fashion was appropriate for certain situations, I described my shirt, that had two triangle cut-outs on the side, as a look a businesswomen would wear to the office. I was soon kindly corrected by my teacher and told that cut-outs would undoubtedly be inappropriate for the office, because it showed too much skin. She suggested I place mesh or another type of material over the cut-outs to give the piece some detail but make it more appropriate for the office. While I didn’t think of that before, having the FIT teacher point that out made me think more about where the girl I design for is going and what she plans on doing.

My MIX-AND-MATCH design paragraph (2 Sketches total//3 Images total):

  • It’s fall in Kyoto, Japan so you may need a jacket. These two looks are inspired by the culture and scenery of the city. The shirt is a play off of the temples found in Kyoto. The sharp edges on the roofs are seen in the peplum of the shirt. The Jacket is similar to that of the kimonos women often traditionally wear from time to time. It showcases large sleeves and embroidery like some of the originals. The colors were chosen from the nature of Kyoto when the seasons change. Orange, yellow, and pink are the most common colors found through the leaves. Now grab on to some culture because you're falling for Kyoto.

My Original Designs Descriptions (4 Sketches total//8 Images total):

  • Inspired by Candy Dots, the beading, which represents the sweet treat, will make you want to eat it all up! But be careful, it’s a choking hazard.

  • Inspired by an old fashioned lollipop, the colors of the straps represent the twisted colors of the lollipop while the simple dress is the stick.

  • Inspired by a box of chocolate, the neutral colors bring out the sophistication of the whole outfit while the fur spices it up a bit.

  • Inspired by Sour Patch Kids, the fun colors remind you of your childhood while the glitter of the skirt is the citric acid filled sugar.

(Unfortunately, I will not be attaching my full portfolio sketches at this time due to concerns about copying. However, all of them are shown in the Video!)

Later this month, I will upload a video on my sketching process for my FIT portfolio. So, stay tuned for more details!

If you have any other questions about FIT or the application process, please don’t hesitate to ask me at hellohawwaa@gmail.com or leave a comment! :)

BONUS BLOG MATERIAL: FIT Admitted Students Day!

This day was open to any student accepted into FIT for Fall 2017. There, they talked to us about the school and even gave us a tour which included the dorms. Participating in the admitted students day reassured me that I wanted to go to FIT! I met a few people that will be in the Fashion Design AAS program with me and they were very nice. While I was there, I could definitely tell who was in Fashion Design and who wasn't.
Here are a few pictures from that fun day!


Best of luck to those applying in the future! Have hope!


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