I was super busy last week. I went to San Francisco with my parents to graduate from the Academy of Art University with a MFA in Fashion Journalism. I am exhausted and excited! Thanks for all of your support during these long three years. In that time, my blog went from a hobby to my final graduate thesis project. Now I can relax, try to get a job, or try for my second masters or Ph.D. Who knows what the future will bring?!?!?
FASHIONMYLIFE! Since I am packing for my trip to Charleston Fashion Week, which starts tomorrow, I asked a stylist friend of mine to write a guest post on how to dress for fashion events. I was featured about a week ago on her website Mannequinsf.
The best part about being in fashion is all the amazing events that you get invited to attend. It doesn’t matter if it is a runway show, store opening, NYFW or whatever it may be. You must always dress to impress.
Thanks Jennifer Nelson for this wonderful guest post. I hope this helps some of you out there who are looking for an internship.
Photo from here.
People in the fashion industry know that going to the best fashion school is a great way to land a fashion internship. Internships allow you to get hands-on experience that will make your resume pop, as well as give you examples to show prospect employers of your creativity and dedication in a professional environment. Here are five essential fashion internship tips for how to get a fashion internship.
The Academy of Art University Graduate show was amazing. These students were so great. I loved all of the indiviual collections. I can’t wait to graduate with these students in May. I wish them all the best and good luck. View the video for the entire show.
Yesterday was a very emotional day. I went from nervous, to scared, to calm, to happy, to everything in between. After all the hard work, which took about three years exactly, I passed my Final Review. I presented my thesis yesterday. After next week I will be done with graduate school. I will soon be able to walk in May in Sac Francisco at the Academy of Art University, where I will receive my MFA in Fashion Journalism. Whew!!! I can relax now. Photo from We Heart It.
I can’t believe I forgot to blog about the Academy of Art (AAU) Fall 2011 Graduate Fashion Show. This one was the best one yet. They always look really good. The students are always so talented, but this year was THE best. I also got to meet my intern Erin from Pixel Perfect. You may recognize her from her uber informative and fun Trend Report posts. All in all a great time was had by all.
Today was a very bittersweet day for me. I was happy to see many people around town wearing purple today, but I was also very sad for the reason behind it. Seven…yes SEVEN lives have been lost this school year alone. Seven people have taken their lives to end the torment they faced for being LGBTQ. It breaks my heart to see such pain and anguish in people. It hurts when I hear about another suicide.
When I was in grade school, I used to get picked on everyday because of my eyes, my glasses, my weight, and everything else you could think of. When the bullies couldn’t find anymore material to use on me, they simply made things up. I never tried to kill myself, but I did question my existence. At one point, I only had about 5 friends in a class of 30 because everyone picked on me. I remember my friend and I getting teased in art class, one of my favorite classes, and the teacher just looked at us as we cried with a smirk on her face.
While I have become a stronger person because of what I experienced, others have not. I’m sickened by the fact that things like this still go on, but I am happy that people are trying to change these horrific events from happening to others. My school, Academy of Art University, is leading the charge in getting people active today. Simon Ungless wrote a blog post featuring a history lesson on the use of purple in ancient times, and the designers who used the color in their recent collections. Gladys Perint Palmer wrote a moving call to action with resources for those being bullied and for those who want to help stop the abuse. If you are serious about helping those who suffer, I suggest you click on those links.
This was the best show AAU yet. The talent is astounding. I’m so glad the AAU fashion blog has the video up now because my video for the show sucked, and it was hard to take pics and video sooo… anyway you can watch the show up above.
I am going to give you all the details on the graduate students who presented in order. If you couldn’t tell already each new collection comes up with each music change.
Jungah Lee- M.F.A. Fashion Design Looks 1-6
The collection was inspired by the faded colors of antique books. Her collection featured hand dyed garments made from latex and silk.
Cara Chiappetta -M.F.A. Fashion Design Looks 7-12
Inspired by Helmut Newton’s photography and Bridget Fonda’s character in “The Point of No Return”, she used rubber, mesh, silk, wool, and nylon to present a feminine collection.
Louie Llewellyn M.F.A. Men’s Wear Design and Xiang Zhang M.F.A. Knitwear Design Looks 13-18
Louie designed the menswear for this collection and Xiang designed the knitwear. Two different ideas and multiple concepts came together to create these looks.
Print Collaboration Looks 19-26
This collection was created by a group of Technical Design, Fashion Design, and Textile Design students.
- Technical Design-
Lindsey Gong and Jackie Nguyen
- Fashion Designers-
Anasa Greaves, Han Yoon, and Emma Erickson
- Textile Designers-
Ruby Guerra, Gabrielle Cols, Yi-Hui Wen, Amanda Carrillo, Chanchai Tanapornwattana, Jennifer Chen, Sarah Appiah, Jennifer Filp, Adriane-Luaren Hueso, and Leah Rossi
April Howard-M.F.A. Fashion Design Looks 27-32
April was inpsired by found objects sculptor Kathy Kelley, a decaying concrete and plastic covered urban wasteland, and Cormac McCarthy’s novel “The Road.” The collection was made of stretch leather.
Camilla Olson-M.F.A. Fashion Design Looks 33-38
Camilla’s collection was inspired by “Blade Runner” and samurai arts. Everything was made with laser cut silk chiffon and silk faille cage.
Maria Korovilas M.F.A. Fashion Design Looks 39-44
Maria’s collection was inspired by the Jenny Lewis song “You Are What You Love.” Maria’s collection was full of beading, silk, and lace.
Picture I took in 2007.
I’m sooo excited! If you have been reading my blog for the past year and some change, you would know that I love NYC, and I plan on moving there. I also told you guys that one of my goals is to go to New York Fashion Week!
Tomorrow I leave on a super early flight to go to New York City. I may not be going to many shows, but I will report from my graduate school’s fashion show. They are they only fashion school in the country to show at the tents. You can view the live stream on September 10th, 2010 at 5 pm PST. I will also visit two different showrooms. I am also trying to meet up with some of my blogger friends, and I will attend the IFB Emerging Influence Conference. I am making the most of my week.
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On January 3rd of last year, I started The Fat and Skinny on Fashion as hobby. It was just a blog to show my life,photography, fashion news, and just plain fashion and beauty things that I loved. Since then I have completed my first year of fashion graduate school at the Academy of Art University. I switched majors from fashion merchandising to fashion journalism. I graduated from Columbia College with a degree in business administration.
I completed one internship with fashion website Stylehop.com, another one with the Columbia Urban League, and started a fashion journalism internship with the online plus size magazine Gemini Magazine. You can see one of my articles here on page 24/25. I went to my second presidential inauguration, yapped about my love life or lack of one, got tired of writing about the recession’s effect on the fashion industry, held some contests, attempted to review some fashion shows that I never went to but hope to go to some day, made 2 videos, and struggled to find my blog’s voice and design. Oh and I discussed shoes. Lots and lots of shoes! All in all I think 2009 was a pretty good year for me and my blog.
Here are some of my favorite posts from 2009:
The Best of Bad Bish
My Review of Faith 21
One of my many attempts to show you my photography skills
Clothes I designed for school
One of My Videos
These are a couple of my attempts to open up to my readers
Here are two of my advice/words of wisdom lists
The epic Alexander McQueen show
Oh and the very short first post!
- Intro to Journalism: I am learning how to write like a journalist.
- Style Icons in Fashion and Media: I am learning about the style icons that have influenced the fashion world.
- Intro to Styling: I am learning to be a stylist…YAY! Fun!
I feel like even though school is tough, I can accomplish anything.
So I am now into my fourth week of Grad School. Yay! I can’t believe I am actually in grad school, but I am. For those of you who don’t know, I am doing the Masters in Fine Arts program in Fashion Merchandising at the Academy of Art University. I am taking Dynamics of Fashion, Fashion Marketing, and some Textile class that I hate. So far everything is good. It is a whole lot easier than I imagined, and I am doing well in my classes. Maybe I am speaking too soon. Maybe I am just taking easy classes. Who knows? Oh well I will keep you up to date as things happen, change, or move along.
Photo by Kevin Dooley
This week I started grad school at the Academy of Art University. I am planning on earning a Masters of Fine Art in Fashion Merchandising. So far all has been well. I am taking three online classes. Crazy you say, why yes I already know that. I am trying to balance school, Delta Sigma Theta, guitar and photography lessons, and my own personal life. Hopefully I will be able to have free time to run this blog and have a personal life in the process. I don’t want to get twisted.