Hemma creates fresh, elegant collections using authentic hand-woven Kente, a textile rich in African royal tradition. Kente began to flourish in West Africa in the 17th century and still remains prominent representing social prestige, luxury, and cultural sophistication. Each garment is uniquely handmade from intricately hand-woven Kente imported from Ghana. By incorporating the same techniques used to dress Ghanaian nobility for centuries, Hemma allows each client to exude royalty. By investing in quality pieces that last a lifetime, the lives of Ghanaian school children are also impacted. A percentage of all proceeds will be donated to a West African middle school where the designers instructed classes.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

FIT v. Parsons - The Battle of Fashion Studies

Took a visit to Parsons Admissions today and spoke with a counselor to narrow down this FIT v. Parsons war I had on my mind for a while.
I told her my interests: intensive summer study for two sessions for the following skills in order of importance:
Sewing Pattern Making Drawing/Sketching Furthering my knowledge of textiles
Here's what I learned: She told me that there are two programs: the Summer Intensive or the AAS Certificate Program. The Summer Intensive is more conceptual with courses touching on Fashion Concepts and Sketching, not focusing on anything else on my list. The AAS Certificate program has a course that does Sewing, Pattern Making, but it is one course that touches on both, not an intensive study to learn and fine tune skills. I told her about Hemma, and my completion of NYU and that I just needed professional skills. Then said she honestly told me FIT is a better fit for my needs. The Parsons programs offered for the summer are more conceptual and combine the areas that I am interested in, they are not as straight to the point.
Now a trip to FIT is needed to confirm my choice, I'll tell you all about it soon!

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