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:
As promised, here is my essay (750 words or less) from the SUNY portion (Please spare from copying. Originality is key to a great application):
- AT THIS TIME, MY FULL ESSAY IS UNAVAILABLE.
[...] 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. [...]
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:
My Fashion Design Portfolio Essay (250 words or less):
AT THIS TIME, MY FULL ESSAY IS UNAVAILABLE.
[...] 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. [...]
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!