Our special occasion class would not be so special without this next designer! Her unique personality, and intricate yet sensual creativity has inspired me in many ways! Julia Kuturov is smart, kind-hearted and hard-working. She has worked tirelessly to succeed in the presidential scholars organization while being on the executive board for the chabad club at FIT! I wanted to hear a bit more about her experiences and ask her some interesting questions!
Here is our interview:
reality shows, and no Bratz Passion for Fashion yet, and his may sound
silly, but my first encounter with the term fashion designer was in a
“who do you want to be when you grow up?” book given to me on my
birthday. I read the description for fashion designer and the rest is
I began interning in the fashion industry when I was 16, and every
summer after that, so to date, 7 internships/freelances plus one this
spring semester. I’ve interned at an accessories company, a Broadway
costume company (I got to see production of the Radio City Christmas
Spectacular costumes), a knitwear company, Yigal Azrouel, a children’s
wear company, and Oscar de la Renta. Seems very random, but I call it
eclectic. I got a taste of everything and now know in what kind of
environment I’d like to work–I enjoy close knit, small companies.
My inspiration for my thesis collection was architecture. I am
immensely inspired by lines and curves, as the possibilities are
I draw personal inspiration from ordinary “renaissance women” who work
hard to do it all–being a good person, having a job, family, hobbies,
and dreams…all while looking great.
3 words to describe yourself:
Sometimes I wish that….I were just a little bit taller.
I have many goals! Hard to choose. One of them would be raising
fashion design students; 1. Treat yourself well while you’re in
school, i.e. eat and drink on time and well. 2. Don’t waste time
binge-watching on Netflix–you’ll pay for it later by pulling
all-nighters! 3. Don’t be afraid to challenge yourself with a
project–and don’t let a professor intimidate you into doing something
simpler (within reason, of course). You’re in school to learn how to
do all the awesome stuff, and no one will teach you how once you’re in
that life always brings. You never know what might happen.
Whats next for you ?
This next girl I’m about to present is literally the most peppiest, happiest, most-likely-to-work-as-a-news-anchor person I have ever met @ FIT! She smiles like a ray of sunshine and literally can write a new york times best-selling book on what ladies do and dont do! Her name? Marisa Thompson…Her classic swagger and feminine fashion sense has given her the crown of FLOTUS in our class! Teaser: 3 things Marisa loves 1) fresh floral arrangements 2) Chantilly lace 3) Le Bain
Okay…now the interview you all have been waiting for..here’s our interview…hope you enjoy!
Marisa I wish you all the best my dear!
Travis Dean Pereira
Not only is her name used in the hit song Roses by OutKast this girl is pretty cool [ she has a pet hedgehog! ] Let me introduce to you all my fellow classmate…Caroline. Caroline is hard-working, has the ability to stand up for herself, be creative, and focused. Her garment which was white as snow and decked with ostrich feathers won the People’s Choice award with thousands of likes. Our class was so excited to hear that one of us made it through! Caroline, please continue to “feather” the world with your creative talents and passionate soul! Here is our interview! I hope you like it as much as I do!
Please share a little bit about where you’re from and what made you want to be a designer?
I was born and raised in Wantagh on Long Island. Ever since I was little, I was always interested in fashion, and I always had a sketch book on hand. Art was always my passion, but I didn’t truly know what I wanted to do with it. One day, when I was sitting in a fashion class at another school, I really started to develop a sense of what I wanted to do with my life. The thought of designing clothes became such an exciting concept to me, so I took the plunge and trusted my instincts.
who have you interned/worked for ?and how was the experience…was there something specific you learned?
I have interned for a couture evening wear company called Rene Ruiz for two years now. It is such an amazing company and just a great place to work in general. I started working with them before I was even accepted into special occasion, so I really learned what went into making something beautiful and one of a kind.
What was your inspiration for your thesis collection? what references intrigued you?
I really didn’t have one inspiration if I’m completely honest. It was sort of everything that inspired me while I was designing each look! I did however watch a lot of fantasy films like Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter while embroidering my first look, and I think that fantasy feeling came out pretty strongly in the end.
If you could visit any place in the world, where would you go and why ?
I would absolutely love to go to Egypt and study the pyramids. I think it would be really inspiring for a future collection! Ancient civilizations have always fascinated me.
Any regrets? Is there something you wish you could turn the hand’s of time backwards to do related to your college experience?
I definitely don’t regret anything, but if I could go back in time I would tell myself to enjoy myself more, and to be less stressed about things.
If you had 1,000,000 dollars to give away, how would you do it?
If I had 1,000,000 dollars I would distribute it amongst my family and friends that have supported me this far and if there was any left to give away I would probably just surprise strangers that do kind deeds for others every day and ask for nothing in return.
What song best describes your college experience at FIT?
Whenever I had to get a project done I would always listen to Gotta Get Thru This by David Bedingfield…I know it’s a pretty old song but it’s my anthem!
If you did not choose fashion, what other industry could you see yourself working in?
I was actually pretty close in choosing marine biology as a carrier. Thankfully I was a liberal arts major at the previous college I attended, because I was able to take both biology and fashion classes. I’m really glad I chose fashion design.
What motivates you to stick in there and keep moving forward?
I think it’s more so who then what…a support system is a major motivation boost. Whenever I’m feeling defeated my boyfriend Brenton is always there to pick me up with his words of encouragement. He always reminds me to never give up and to keep pushing for my goals.
If you knew you could not fail, what would you do?
If I knew I wouldn’t fail, I would start a bunch of companies, First and foremost my own couture evening wear line. I would then branch off into other things, kind of like what Vera Wang did.
What are your plans for 2015?
In 2015, I plan to continue working for Rene Ruiz in their New York showroom. A little later in the year I will relocate to Miami, Florida where I will then work for the same designer where they design and produce all of their garments.
Check out her work by clicking link below!
Travis Dean pereira
Making swatches is a key part of the creative development process in knitwear. It allows you to play with different yarns, textures, and stitches. Although technical, it still allows for tons of creativity. With knitwear, not only do you design the silhouettes but you essentially create your own fabric as well. We get double the work!
What I personally love about knitwear is that the possibilities are nearly endless. You can do the same kind of stitch but use different yarns and each time get a completely different look and feel and vice versa.
Over the course of our senior theses we’ve done a lot of swatch development. One of our final projects was to compile them into a portfolio book, so here’s a peek of mine as well as a few other students! Our swatches were made on a variety of machines: the Stoll computer machines, Brother machines, Dubied machines, and hand knit!
Til next time!