This year’s Future of Fashion show at FIT highlighted an amazing group of up and coming designers. With their talent and drive, you’ll probably be seeing some of their clothes in stores very soon. It’s passion for this art form that prompted many of these students to go to fashion school at FIT; a passion that started for a lot of these students at a very young age.
“I have a huge passion for creating art,” Veronica Romero Schon (showcasing a look above) told us in an interview at the show. “My mom is actually an interior designer, so we always had rolls of fabric around the house and I would play with it and make things. That [passion] turned into me going to fashion school.”
The love these designers have drives them both in and out of the studio. Sofia Menasse (below) talked about the amount of commitment it takes to make it at FIT and in the industry, as well as the sense of camaraderie fashion school can create.
“We work many hours, so if you are here until two in the morning with the same people, it creates a sense of community and family,” Sofia said.
“There’s a sense of community, but at the same time so much competition,” Veronica added.
These women did not go the typical college route, but they’ve already achieved incredible success by following their dreams. A lot of big names in the fashion industry were in attendance, including Nicole Richie (who hosted the show), designers Phillip Lim and Tess Giberson and TV host Lilliana Vasquez, just to name a few. Both Sofia and Veronica won Critic Awards for their work in sportswear.
So collegiettes, the moral to this story is to pursue what you really love! With enough hard work and commitment, anything is possible, no matter how atypical your path may be.