Student Spotlight: Tal Otremski

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  1. Hometown:

Tel-Aviv, Israel

  1. When and why did you decide to come to FIT to study Fashion Design?

When you are given the opportunity to choose in which country and which school you want to study, I knew I would try to enroll in one of the best schools in for design there is. After getting accepted to several leading schools for design including FIT, I know that was the right place for me to learn and to grow as a designer.

  1. Why did you choose to study Intimate Apparel over all the other specializations?

When the day came to choose a specialization I just know that Intimate Apparel was what I wanted to do, something inside me just was attracted to this world of never ending lace, fitted garments and crystals as if it part of fairy tale story. Each garment has it own story and you are the writer of that story.

  1. What was your inspiration for your senior collection?

My inspiration for the senior collection was “dark side of the moon” which means that nothing is as it seems. There is other ways to look at things that seem obvious at first glance but actually have way more in them when you take the time and look closely.

  1. What was the most challenging part of creating a collection this semester for you?

When working on my senior collection it felt as if three month were actually just one very long day. I was breathing, eating, and sleeping this collection. When I wasn’t working on it I was thinking of it. I think that the most challenging thing for me was to give myself a break from working on it. I wanted every small detail to be perfect and until it was I haven’t stopped working on it.

  1. What part of the design process do you enjoy most? I think now when I can look back at it and think clearly on the process I have to say that I enjoy everything about it. To see your idea come into a sketch and from that taking pieces of fabric and play with them until you get a full drape and then sewing everything to a garment. It feels as if in every garment in this collection I can see parts of me that make my collection unique and more personal.
  1. Any words of wisdom that you’ve learned in your years at FIT/What would you say to someone who wants to go to FIT in the future?

I feel that the most important thing is that you have to know how to mange you time. That is a skill helped me before coming to FIT in more  than one way. Other then that if you are a student in FIT its means that you have something in you that make you shine. Believe in yourself and stick to your inner self but listen to what other are saying it help to hear another point of view and to learn something from others

  1. Where do you do most of your work? 

All the guards at FIT knew me by name and stopped asking me which class I need to open. That meansC714 was my home. Thats all I have to say. From morning until it close I was there. Other students in other semesters new better then taking my spot in this room.

Student Spotlight: Natasha Bookal

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2. When and why did you decide to come to FIT to study Fashion Design? I decided to come to FIT when I was in my second year of my business major at Broward College, I took a fashion design non credit Continuing Education course there, where I met my fashion mentor who was also my professor. She was a graduate from FIT and saw the passion and niche I had for Design. So she help me convinced my parents to allow me to attend FIT and that is how I heard about FIT. So I applied and once I got accepted my parents were sold on the idea.

3. Why did you choose to study Intimate Apparel over all the other specializations? I chose Intimate Apparel as my specialization because I feel it broadens my design capabilities and pushes my mind to think more creatively. I also want to learn and master how to create a contoured garment with a perfect fit. I feel like if you can create a form fitting garment or a perfect fit bra then you can create anything for the woman’s body because your understand the concept of how she should look on the inside. Also I’m all about making a women feel beautiful and sexy starting from the inside out. You can’t make a women buy your clothes if she doesn’t feel confident in them and in order for that to happen she must feel confident in her lingerie/bra/panties first. That’s where I come to assist.

4. What was your inspiration for your senior collection? My inspiration for my senior collection was flowers blooming. I chose that inspiration because I think the beauty of a blossomed flower is just as beautiful as a woman who has found herself and blossoms into her confidence and in my mind as she puts on my garment you I can visually see the transformation. I wanted my garments to look like an hourglass vas and she is becomes flower.

5. Any words of wisdom that you’ve learned in your years at FIT/What would you say to someone who wants to go to FIT in the future? For those of you who are interested in going to FIT, my advice to you is to just be ready to work hard and never give up on your dreams. No matter how hard the situation may get or feel just keep on pressing forward and make little goals for yourself each time you accomplish something, so you don’t get discouraged because this school can be a lot most time and you need to almost trick you mind into remembered why you’re there in the first place. Good luck , Stay focus and keep God first in anything you do. At least that’s what helped me throughout this refining process of my capabilities in this business is my faith.

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You can find Natasha on LinkedIn and her Intimate Apparel Instagram: @conceptionbynatasha

 

Student Spotlight: Danielle Busby

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  1. Hometown: Freehold, New Jersey
  1. When and why did you decide to come to FIT to study Fashion Design? Growing up, FIT was always the school I wanted to go to once I realized fashion design was what I wanted to pursue. FIT always had such a great reputation and I knew what a good education it provided its students with. So from a young age I taught myself to sew and did everything I could to make sure I got accepted to my dream school.
  1. Why did you choose to study Intimate Apparel over all the other specializations? I choose Intimate Apparel because I just love how creative I get to be with it. I love being able to work with laces, sheer fabrics, and different trims- I just think it’s so fun and there’s so much you can create with it!
  1. What was your inspiration for your senior collection? My collection name is Star Crossed and I was inspired by astronomy and celestial patterns. I was very inspired by the artwork created by Emma Mcnally, who does graphite drawings of star maps and grids.
  1. What was the most challenging part of creating a collection this semester for you? The most challenging part of creating a collection this semester was making sure all my garments looked like they were from the same collection. It’s challenging when you have a million ideas and you aren’t sure if they’ll work or not, but still need to make your garments look cohesive.
  1. What part of the design process do you enjoy most? Sketching, draping, sewing, ect… I actually really love to drape! For me, draping is the part I enjoy the most because I’m a very visual person. It’s easier for me to play with different fabrics on a form in order to figure out how to use them in my design.
  1. Any words of wisdom that you’ve learned in your years at FIT/What would you say to someone who wants to go to FIT in the future? I would definitely encourage them to come to FIT if they’re seriously considering fashion design as a career. Looking back on my four years here, I learned so much and I don’t think I would of nearly learned half the skills I did if it wasn’t for FIT, its knowledgeable professors, and the strong connection it has with the industry. FIT really pushes you to the best of your abilities and although the program was definitely challenging, I learned so much!
  1. Where do you do most of your work? I have a pretty long commute to school, so I work from home as much as I can. I have a little set up in my basement with my mannequin and my sewing machine, so I’ll do most of my projects there while I blast my country music.
  1. Anything else interesting about you that you’d like to add (zodiac sign, spirit animal, whatever) Disney is my absolute favorite!
  1. You can find Danielle on Instagram  and Linkedin

Student Spotlight: Stephanie Vuolo

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  • When and why did you decide to come to FIT to study Fashion Design? I transferred from another college and started as a One Year Design student at FIT. My previous school was also a fashion design school but only offered a two year degree and I knew I wanted a bachelors in design so FIT was always my long term goal.
  • Hometown: Long Island, New York
  • Why did you choose to study Intimate Apparel over all the other specializations? Intimate Apparel has always been a passion of mine. I have a small collection of intimate pieces but I am mainly driven to lingerie because of my love for fine lace, mesh and beautiful silks.
  • What was your inspiration for your senior collection? I travel to Miami a lot during the year, I can almost say it’s my second home. I am always inspired by everything down there so I wanted to really embrace the culture of Miami and the art deco district and do a very modern contemporary collection. I played around with many deco looking laces and tropical palm leaf appliqués with hints of pale pink.
  • What was the most challenging part of creating a collection this semester for you? I think the most challenging part is looking for fabrics. I think I spend more time trying to find the perfect fabrics than I do actually designing. When you have a specific design in mind and you can’t find the fabric sometimes it can alter you’re whole vision.
  • What part of the design process do you enjoy most?  I definitely love sewing and constructing the most, I am very technical and rather be behind a sewing machine.
  • Any words of wisdom that you’ve learned in your years at FIT/What would you say to someone who wants to go to FIT in the future? Never feel like you’re not good enough. Being an artist in any industry is very competitive and as a designer you see and meet so many brilliant and creative people and you have to learn that you all bring something different to the table. If you put your all into something and try your hardest than that’s all that matters. Learn who you are as a designer and stick to that aesthetic and always be humble. Designing is a learning process and even though you may start from the bottom practice makes perfect.
  • Where do you do most of your work?  For the most part most of my work gets done in the lab, some of the best memories are made there with fellow classmates. Once the lab closes I venture off to my apartment where I continue to do work. One time I even sewed in the bathroom so I wouldn’t wake my roommate! Netflixs, Hi-Chews and Red Bulls are definitely a necessity.

You can find Steph on Linkedin and Instagram

 

Student Spotlight: Kat Taylor

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  • Hometown: Westwood, NJ
  • When and why did you decide to come to FIT to study Fashion Design?
    I  have always been passionate and deeply involved in all forms of visual art. Fashion design was something that allowed my creations to have a life of their own and help others find and expressed their creative voice.
  • Why did you choose to study Intimate Apparel over all the other specialization?
    Intimate apparel can make or break someone’s day. We have the ability to empower individuals with our designs in a way that is very different and special in comparison to other areas of design. One is not always displaying their intimate apparel, and often is unseen by others. Therefore when someone see’s your design and is compelled to put it on, it comes from a deep and personal place which is untapped and unseen to others than themselves. That ability to connect with others on such a personal level is indescribable, and I am honored to be able to do so.
  • What was your inspiration for your senior collection?
    Music is always an incredible inspiration for me. I was inspired by none other than my favorite band Trivium, specifically their music video for “In Waves”.
  • What part of the design process do you enjoy most? 
    Hands down, sewing is my favorite aspect of designing. It is the stage where your creation breathes and comes to life.
  • Any words of wisdom that you’ve learned in your years at FIT/What would you say to someone who wants to go to FIT in the future?
    You will hear many people tell you “No.” in your lifetime. I’ve spent many years hearing teachers, superiors, or even collogues deny me of something I was trying to attain at that moment; but that never stopped me from accomplishing my goals. It is crucial to embrace “rejection” and “failure”, for it is the pivotal point in which we can decide to become stronger and stand up for our burning passions, or throw in the towel and let our dreams dissipate.
  • Where do you do most of your work?
    I have officially taken over my dining room. My family has been great sports about eating dinner on their laps on  the sofa! My favorite thing to help me power through the late nights is listening to stand up comedy. It keeps the mood light and playful, which isn’t too easy at 4:30AM. I’m a huge fan of John Mulaney!

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You can find Kat on Instagram @ feedthebohemian .