A visit to the Fashion Institute of Technology and to Parsons School of Design
Shira, now 17, is interested in becoming a fashion designer. So off she, her mother, and I went on Saturday, August 12, to NYC to visit the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) and Parsons School of Design.
|Shira, now 17, is interested
in becoming a fashion designer.
|About to board the train for NYC.|
We are up early as the entire day is planned down almost to the minute. The goal is for Shira to evaluate two fashion schools, FIT and Parsons.
Shira’s mother drives us to Princeton where we take the NJ Transit into Penn Station in NYC.
|Designers need to understand how knit
fabrics are made. So while riding on the
train, Shira learns how to knit. To make it
easy, she is using large needles and knitting
|We’ve made it to NYC! Now on to FIT.|
Now in NYC it’s only four blocks south to FIT at 227 West 27th Street.
Fashion Institute of Technology
|Waiting for the moderator at FIT to begin the presentation.|
At FIT we learned from the presenter, who is a FIT guidance councilor that FIT offers 29 majors.
Students complete an associate degree in their freshman and sophomore years, then go on to complete a bachelor degree in their junior and senior years.
There are no more than 25 students per class, including in the sewing classes. Fifteen was the limit when I taught the sewing class at Philadelphia University. Fifteen is a full class.
From day one students are taking classes in their major.
The faculty must have 7 years experience in their field.
FIT has a campus in florence, Italy and now also has a campus in Seoul, Korea. Portfolio Days are held at FIT on October 28 and December 3. Faculty will be at the even and can critique the portfolio before it is submitted to FIT.
|Dress at the FIT Museum.|
|Shoes on display at the FIT Museum.|
Parsons School of Design
|The New School provides academic classes for the students.|
|Arriving at Parsons’ University Center
at 63 Fifth Avenue for an afternoon tour.
We then traveled uptown to Parsons’ University Center to an afternoon tour conducted by Babs.
|Babs and Shira|
|Knitting examples on display at Parsons.|
|The Whitney has huge windows, allowing for views
that look down on the city.
We then decided to tour the Whitney Museum which overlooks the Highline.
|The Whitney is filled with modern art. Here in the stairwell
we found some interesting cloth sculptures.
|Checking out NYC fabrics.|
|Knitting while waiting for the train
that will take us back to Princeton.
We ate in the fabric district, giving us time to check out a few fabric stores, which, even though it was Saturday, where open.