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Yecca Zeng

Yecca Zang

Jaime Duncan

Jaime Duncan

I want women to feel unique and empowered in my lingerie. They could definitely wear it for a special someone, but also for themselves. I know that I personally pick my bra in the morning based on what mood Iím inówhether itís a more demure, comfortable bra or something va-va-voom with a sheer top. Every bra and undergarment shapes you differently, but you always want to feel confident. Whether itís seen or not, I want women to feel like itís their foundation, building them from the inside out, like building confidence from within. I want it to bring out their most outgoing, strong, powerful self.

My study abroad experience in Paris has definitely inspired my work. The French have a more fantastical design perspective; itís imaginative. They incorporate crazy little details not thought of in America. It takes lingerie to the next level.

I bring a cleanliness and modernity to my designs. I spend an obscene amount of time on style linesóIím very nit-picky about lines and how they shape and present a womanís body. And Iím in tune to details. I like incorporating little things. I create things that are simple and clean, but flattering and inspired, so that itís modern but has a flair that makes it lingerie.

Iím also very in tune with color. My motto is ďnever use black.Ē Itís too easy to use black because everything looks good in black. On my website, there is just one thing thatís black.

Iím currently an intern at Intimo, an upscale loungewear company. I found the internship through the FIT network. It was mostly menís apparel for a very long time, and they just started womenís wear last year. They are developing and growing, and I thought it would be a different experience. I wanted something international, to learn about factories in India and China. They actually value my opinion as a young designer. They take my judgments into consideration.

See Yeccaís work at YeccaZeng.com.

 

I love that FIT requires all students to take liberal arts classes. I took a creative imagination and theory course that really helped me see how different people think. It was that whole idea of right brain and left brain personality. A lot of people at FIT are very creative but have professional and analytical sides to them, so it was cool to see it all come together in this class with all types of majors.

The Presidential Scholars Honors Program is†really great. Itís exposed me to a variety of different cultural events and liberal arts classes that students from all different majors are involved with. Iíve met some of my best friends through it, including my current roommate. Being exposed to all different majors helps me understand different points of view and how other people think. The program has really shaped my experience at FIT.

You apply for Presidential Scholars at the same time that you apply to the school. I didnít know about the honors program when I was applying to the school, but someone I knew from high school suggested I do it and Iím so glad I was able to apply in time. I really love it.

FIT has exposed me to a lot of things culturally about New York City. Iíve taken field trips to actual fashion businesses, and our assignments often take place right in the Garment District or department stores. We also get a lot of volunteer opportunitiesólike serving at a High Line soup kitchen.

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