“Why did you chose Fashion Merchandising, why did you chose theater?” Questions I hear quite frequently from people wanting to know the reason behind my two very creative major choices. Well personally I’d like to think that my majors chose me. I say this because since I was a small child these two things just seemed so right for me. At the age of three I knew I wanted to be inside of the TV, it felt like when I finally got to go to performing arts school that this is what I needed in my life to make me feel whole. When it comes to fashion I felt that same feeling, I wanted to create, sell, style, any and everything I could possibly think of in the fashion world. All in all I could never see myself doing anything but staying in these two fields, they make who I am and I am completely dedicated to making lasting careers out of the majors I have chosen. I feel amazingly blessed that I can peruse my two loves at the awesome university we call Fontbonne!
What does it truly mean to dress for success? Now that I am talking an interpersonal communication class I get to explore what this truly means. When it comes to meeting people in regular social interactions to serious job interviews, your clothes are always communicating something. Are you trying to show you are a young professional or and underachiever. In some situations clothing can truly make or break you. The way I feel about dressing for success is that you should always dress like you have something important to do. But then again I could be a little bias because I am so into fashion, hence my major being Fashion Merchandising. In the end I just want to people to understand that sometimes it does matter what your wearing. So for that important job interview or if you just want to be sharp that day, Dress for Success!
Once again, another visual display has been completed in the windows of Anheuser-Busch Hall. For my visual merchandising class, this was the last installation assignment, which was bitter sweet. It’s a bit of a relief to know that winter break is just around the corner. That being said, I am really going to miss the work from this class. Doing hands-on projects almost every day is, in my opinion, the best way to learn. The visual merchandising tasks have really stretched my creativity. Just in the past semester, I feel like I have grown as an artist, student, and leader. A lot of group work and communication was required for this course.
The challenge for this final install was to use unconventional materials. Therefore, you will not find any fabric in the end result. Also, the display had to have a holiday aesthetic since they will be present throughout winter break. My group went with a white, gold, and silver color scheme and primarily used paper and ribbon. The background is full of paper snowflakes and snowballs. The mannequin’s dress is made out of ribbon. On the panels beside the mannequins, numerous strands of ornaments are hung. In the end, I believe we did a great job and that it looks very pretty. It definitely gets you in the holiday spirit. While it may look all pretty and sparkly, there was actually a lot of dirty work behind the scenes. I walked out of each class period with glitter in my eyes, fishing wire wrapped around my leg, glue under my nails, and push pins marks on my hands. I guess the saying “beauty is pain” is true sometimes.
Ribbon dress and shopping bags (she stands in the middle of the display)
One of the two side panels
This past week was Advising Week. During this time, students meet with academic advisors to set up their upcoming semester class schedule. In addition, you are able to talk with your advisor about the current semester and your concerns about your academic standings. The advisors are able to help their students keep on track. For my visit, I set up my spring 2014 class schedule and added Marketing as a minor. Before choosing to add a minor, I had approached my advisor earlier this semester about adding a minor that would fit with my fashion merchandising degree. She was able to help decide which minor would benefit my needs as a student. She was with me every step of the process. In addition, I was able to reflect on my current concerns about which classes I need to focus on as well as how I could grow more as a student. She was very helpful with my academic needs and my concerns. My advisor as well as other faculty members at Fontbonne are eager to help the students exceed in academics and prepare them for their future after college. This is what sets Fontbonne apart from other schools. Each student has a strong support system through their journey at Fontbonne.