New York City Teen FASHION Week

Many of our students enter our decades, almost century old institution with the dream of becoming a fashion designer as famous as Coco Chanel, or maybe humbly, a more modern designer like the ‘next’ Narciso Rodriguez. Whether it be either, both share the same beginnings of many of our students, they came from very little.

After four years, our fashion design students take different routes. As their adolescent personalities discover more and more about their own identities, they may decide, justly so, that Fashion as a career is not for them. Some may realize that they are creative yet not in the needle trades, or some may decide to explore another field completely different from the one they began. Such is the story of HSFI Alumnus Tiffany Barlow, whose interest started in Fashion Merchandising and now is studying Pre Law.

Yet for the few, whom for which Fashion High only served as the ignition to their passion for Fashion Design, these four years are ONLY THE BEGINNING!

At Fashion High those few are in their blissful surroundings, their second home, encircled by kindred spirits that understand what they feel, because they love what they love and to see them at work, from an adults perspective can inspire hope in humanity. The vicious competition that stenches the industry has not set in, their adolescent need to want to belong and loved propels them to help each other.

Its a hopeful sight in today’s malicious world.

And just imagine, aside from all they learn, the peaks they can climb towards their final elevation, when their High School introduces them to a professional Fashion Show just for Teens! and showcased the same weeks as New York Fashion Week!

Eight of our Seniors did just that!








& Lashira

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DO – Pursue your Passion with FERVOR

Don’t – Believe that it’s too late nor that you have all of the time in the world

Passing it ON..

This year marks our 3rd time in Florence..

Our students have invested their summers with Florence University of the Arts studying courses such as Florence Sketchbook, Italian Food & Wine, Italian Language, Retail and Hospitality..

This past summer three of our students were able to go thanks to FUA’s generosity. Their scholarship opportunities gave them the chance to have their ‘impossible’ turn into ‘possible’ and along with 7 other young ladies, discovered what fuels their passion. 

They have returned with stories, moments, lessons to tell, to share and tonight they spoke their hearts out to our guests from Harry S. Truman High School. Culinary students with their mentor/instructor Chef Brylski came and joined in this years presentation.


Cookies ready to be decorated….



CHEF Simone begins the Demo…






Artistry in Action…



We were so happy to have shared our time with other high school students that believe in their future and work hard towards making it happen..

This year one of Harry S. Truman High School Seniors will have the opportunity to travel to Florence to further their passion for the Culinary Arts..

We at The High School of Fashion Industries have been blessed 3 times and how better to show our appreciation by Passing it On…

to others that love what they do, as much as we do.



When you DON’T give them the Answer

When you want to know something, anything,

you don’t wait for the answer to be handed to you.. 

You do what you must to obtain the answer.

A question was posed and the tools were given; the students were challenged and work towards finding the ANSWER TOGETHER

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Guest Speakers add a wealth of knowledge

As a teacher, I try the best I can to give my students MORE.

Whether it be trips to interesting places that enrich their learning, like the MET, or introducing them to books that can further their understanding, inviting professionals that can advise, motivate and inspire our students is a must in any classroom. The challenge is to find the few that are willing to give back, if only to sit in a class of eager students to share a bit of their wisdom.

Meet FIT‘s Fashion Illustration Professor Renaldo Barnette

It was my honor to have him as my fashion illustration professor when I was a student at FIT and now that I am a teacher I invited him to meet my students and give them a little bit of his wisdom.