I’m happy to share with you that I’m now also a student of the legendary Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York City, known as the place where some of the well-known creative folks have graduated from, like:
Karen Allen – actress
David Chu – President, Designer and CEO of Nautica International, Inc.
Francisco Costa – designer, Calvin Klein collection for women
Angie Cruz – novelist and author
Nina Garcia – Project Runway judge; editor-at-large, Marie-Claire magazine
Carolina Herrera – fashion designer, President of Carolina Herrera New York
Calvin Klein – founder of Calvin Klein, Inc.
Michael Kors – President and CEO of Michael Kors
Nanette Lepore – fashion designer and owner, Robespierre, Inc.
Antonio Lopez – fashion illustrator
Leon Max – President and CEO of Max Studios
Melissa McCarthy – film and television actress, comedian, writer and producer
Ralph Rucci – fashion designer, Chado Ralph Rucci
Joel Schumacher – director, producer, writer, costume designer
Fabrice Simon – fashion designer and artist
Isabel Toledo – fashion designer. Click here to read my write-up on her.
Joe Zee – Creative Director of Elle Magazine, host of the Sundance Channel’s original program All on the Line
Just to name a few. However, as much as it sounds fabulous, it’s not the famous alumni that matter, but the education FIT offers.
The Fashion Institute of Technology, generally known as FIT, is a State University of New York (SUNY) college of art, business, design, and technology connected to the fashion industry, with an urban campus located on West 27th Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. It was founded in 1944, accredited in 1957, and is ranked among the top five fashion schools in the world. It has an enrollment of more than 10,000 students.
Of course it makes me proud to be a part of this FIT culture and community. It’s been always one of my favorite educational institutions. Even when I was not a student here, I’ve gone to and written about many of their events. They do a great job creating both entertaining and educational events throughout the year – fairs, reads, presentations, conferences, symposiums, exhibitions, lectures… Just in the last year, I went to the Designers & Books Fair, Shoe Obsession exhibition, and Fashion in the films of Pedro Almadovar.
And now I get to see and be part of their student community. I must admit, I’m a big fan of the fashion and there’s nothing like FIT to see the most variety of the fashion styles of each student. There are many international students at FIT, so the diversity of the personal styles of the students is amazing! I definitely love people-watching at FIT on my school breaks.
But, most importantly, I want to get the most out of the both great schools – School of Visual Arts and Fashion Institute of Technology to help me to pursue my professional goals.