NOTE: These instructions are for portfolio preparation only. Do not submit or mail any portfolio items to FIT until you have applied and received your USERNAME, PASSWORD, and LOGIN INSTRUCTIONS in an email from the FIT Admissions Office.
The Menswear portfolio submission consists of a design test, a sewing test, and a written essay. Construction knowledge should be represented in both your design sketches and garment images. Originality, creativity, and design aesthetic are valued.
PART ONE: Design Test
PROJECT ONE: MIX-AND-MATCH DESIGNS
1. Create a mood/inspiration page for the following mix-and-match designs. The mood page should include an image(s) that has inspired you to create these designs. Include a short written explanation of how the designs have been inspired by the mood page image(s). Also list the destination and season of the year in which these designs will be worn.
2. Draw original garment designs in color using the medium of your choice. Show mix-and-match separates that work together.
- design a jacket
- design a top (use the top twice, once on each figure)
- design two pants
Sketch the designs in color on two figures. Include back views of the garments on a figure or as a flat sketch. Attach actual fabric swatches and identify the fabrics on the front of the sketches.
Note: Original artwork can be computer generated.
Reminder: Only color copies are to be submitted for this project.
PROJECT TWO: MENSWEAR FASHION ARTWORK
Submit four sketches of your original menswear fashion artwork.
- Draw original designs in color using the medium of your choice. Note original artwork can be computer generated. Design sketches are to be on full-length fashion figures with back views.
- Include 2 inch x 2 inch fabric swatches on the front of each sketch, identify the type of fabric (e.g. 100% wool gabardine).
- Include a short written explanation of the inspiration.
- Note: Only color copies of your sketches are to be submitted.
PART TWO: Sewing Test
PROJECT THREE: GARMENT SAMPLES
Submit three (3) photographs of garments you have sewn (include front and back views). Samples are to demonstrate knowledge of construction. Originality, creativity, and design aesthetic are valued. Clothing is to be photographed on a person or mannequin. Garments can be created from commercial patterns or you can develop your own patterns or drape the design. Garment examples should be sewn. Do not show existing garments that have just been decorated.
PART THREE: Written Essay
In 250 words or less, provide an example of when your point of view differed from a teacher or employer during an evaluation of your performance. How did you handle the situation?
Please also refer to our general Portfolio Requirements page.