Fashion Prof Faux Pas

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After three-and-a-half years at Pratt Institute, two-and-a-half of
which involved [a professor] I can
honestly say I will never be proud of my education. In fact, I am
disgusted.

As a senior, the support of our professors is rudimentary to the
culmination of our senior collections. However, this experience has
been nothing short of disappointing. Many of the seniors have lost the
sense of creativity that drives them and instead feel beaten down,
unsupported, and ultimately broken.

After yesterday’s fittings, I have reached the conclusion that
Pratt’s fashion department has no intention of assisting their
students. Rather, they are too preoccupied with furthering their own
reputations. During fittings, I witnessed the two Pratt Institute
faculty members in the room interacting with one another on
unrelated-to-senior-thesis business and offering only discouraging
remarks to those fitting. It may be ignorant of me to believe an
institution such as Pratt should be a primarily nurturing environment,
I suppose.

Time and time again, the faculty members at Pratt completely disregard
students’ mental health. I have witnessed many members of our
community struggling with depression (among other mental health
issues) and being ridiculed by faculty remembers. We feel like if we show signs of weakness, that the chair quite literally feeds off it. The
more vulnerable we make ourselves out to be, the more aggressive the
chair of the department seems to act. This is not right. A “feed on
the weak” mentality may be how the “real world” works, but it is by no
means something we should be taking out a quarter million dollar in
loans over.

The department is, frankly, dealt with in a very unprofessional manner in front of students. Yesterday, [a professor] offhandedly asked a student, “Are you retarded?” This is not
the first instance of inappropriate candidness but it is the latest
that I have witnessed. She has called a student’s collection espousing
on her personal battle with depression as “bipolar” and has
arbitrarily asked a student during a presentation, “What’s your
opinion on gay marriage?” [this professor] may think [they are] being funny, but
there is a lack of respect and consideration in her words.

Many of us who are not favored by [this professor] and the senior thesis
professors feel as if we are treated as afterthoughts of the
department. Many of us are made to feel as if we don’t seem to deserve
the attention of the chair and our professors during class and
especially during critiques. We’re seen more as children
or dogs—second-class citizens. Some of us have gotten our right to
explain ourselves in critiques taken away and are instead made fun of
and humiliated.

This is the most important time of year for the seniors as we prepare for the
fashion show. However, one senior thesis

professor missed class three times this semester; two of
those times were to help set up and take down an exhibit Pratt
underclassmen took part in. It’s inexcusable for a senior class to
lack a professor in order for the department to further itself. We
were not offered make-up time for the absences. This is the most important time of year for the seniors as we prepare for the
fashion show, but many seniors feel that they are being ignored in
favor of not only the underclassmen, but also Pratt’s reputation.


Every senior I’ve talked to is unhappy with this year but we are all
afraid of the backlash that may come of us discussing our situation.
We’re afraid to reach out to anyone because we don’t want to be
pinpointed as the person who “spoke out” and thus becoming an even bigger target to [this professor] and our professors.

I never reblog but when I do, they’re true…


Senior Year: Finito

Senior Year: Finito


Tis the season of taking selfies…Merry Christmas and a happy no finals!

Tis the season of taking selfies…Merry Christmas and a happy no finals!


And then I met Paramore last night…
Pretty inspired to pick up with my senior collection, considering it’s pretty much an ode to their new album…I can feel myself judging me right now

And then I met Paramore last night…
Pretty inspired to pick up with my senior collection, considering it’s pretty much an ode to their new album…I can feel myself judging me right now


Yesterday I looked pretty cute

Yesterday I looked pretty cute


So for Halloween I was a rabbit, but I forgot to take a good picture with my ears, haha! Recently have myself a little makeover: new glasses, hair cut, bleached, and colored, bought some new BB cream, and I shaved off my beard. Pretty happy with myself.

So for Halloween I was a rabbit, but I forgot to take a good picture with my ears, haha! Recently have myself a little makeover: new glasses, hair cut, bleached, and colored, bought some new BB cream, and I shaved off my beard. Pretty happy with myself.


I had to drag myself to the garment district so why not look cute while doing it?! You can’t really see but the shorts have a bow on the center front <3 nothing like a long night in studio while actually feeling good about yourself!!

Also, you can see the sweater I’m dying in the background!!

I had to drag myself to the garment district so why not look cute while doing it?! You can’t really see but the shorts have a bow on the center front <3 nothing like a long night in studio while actually feeling good about yourself!!

Also, you can see the sweater I’m dying in the background!!

Here’s my supa cute new dress!! I really tried to amp up my color pallets with a touch of…black, oh :/ but I guess it’s a pretty prevalent color here while fall has finally landed. I absolutely adore this dress; it’s backless and has that perfect amount of poof! Perfect for my internship and then night at The Standard’s Biergarten with my best friends! I knew I loved Fridays!

Here’s my supa cute new dress!! I really tried to amp up my color pallets with a touch of…black, oh :/ but I guess it’s a pretty prevalent color here while fall has finally landed. I absolutely adore this dress; it’s backless and has that perfect amount of poof! Perfect for my internship and then night at The Standard’s Biergarten with my best friends! I knew I loved Fridays!


When in doubt, wear black, I suppose. Tried to be a wall flower at Prabal today. I&#8217;m kind of embarrassed by my wardrobe and the poor decisions I have made in my rotating 2.5 outfits&#8230;so I finally remedied it with some shopping. ~cool outfits to come~

When in doubt, wear black, I suppose. Tried to be a wall flower at Prabal today. I’m kind of embarrassed by my wardrobe and the poor decisions I have made in my rotating 2.5 outfits…so I finally remedied it with some shopping. ~cool outfits to come~


I wore this the first day I met Prabal Gurung&#8230;I didn&#8217;t think he&#8217;d be back from Paris&#8230;it was kind of awkward because it looked like I hadn&#8217;t bought new clothes since 4th grade. Sad thing is I probably haven&#8217;t.

I wore this the first day I met Prabal Gurung…I didn’t think he’d be back from Paris…it was kind of awkward because it looked like I hadn’t bought new clothes since 4th grade. Sad thing is I probably haven’t.


So, I got an internship at Prabal Gurung (SO. DAMN. PUMPED.) and this is what I wore the first day. I&#8217;m an outfit repeater and I swear I have nothing professional to wear in my clothing cycle besides this so&#8230;embarrassing.

So, I got an internship at Prabal Gurung (SO. DAMN. PUMPED.) and this is what I wore the first day. I’m an outfit repeater and I swear I have nothing professional to wear in my clothing cycle besides this so…embarrassing.


My Wednesdays are what most art school students would consider a hell day. I have three classes, 9:30am-8pm, with only a small break for lunch. Oh, and they&#8217;re all liberal arts. Middle Eastern Culture, Astronomy, and World Civilizations. Is it so obvious I&#8217;ve been saving these classes until the last minute? But, honestly, I absolutely love Wednesdays. Perhaps I&#8217;m sick but it&#8217;s nice being able to focus my mind on things that haven&#8217;t been the center of my world for the past three years. Oh, and I don&#8217;t even have to look nice. No make up, often my hair in a messy bun, and if necessary I&#8217;ll be sporting sweatpants&#8230;no biggie. But today I was wearing a tester outfit. I I&#8217;ve dyed the crop top and dress over the summer and I felt like wearing them together. Don&#8217;t ask me why. But I think they looked awfully cute!

My Wednesdays are what most art school students would consider a hell day. I have three classes, 9:30am-8pm, with only a small break for lunch. Oh, and they’re all liberal arts. Middle Eastern Culture, Astronomy, and World Civilizations. Is it so obvious I’ve been saving these classes until the last minute? But, honestly, I absolutely love Wednesdays. Perhaps I’m sick but it’s nice being able to focus my mind on things that haven’t been the center of my world for the past three years. Oh, and I don’t even have to look nice. No make up, often my hair in a messy bun, and if necessary I’ll be sporting sweatpants…no biggie. But today I was wearing a tester outfit. I I’ve dyed the crop top and dress over the summer and I felt like wearing them together. Don’t ask me why. But I think they looked awfully cute!


So Tuesday was the first ~super special awesome~ crit of the year and this is what I wore. I look pretty good for someone who only got one hour of sleep, no?

So Tuesday was the first ~super special awesome~ crit of the year and this is what I wore. I look pretty good for someone who only got one hour of sleep, no?


Living in NYC has been one of the best choices I&#8217;ve ever made. Fashion Week has once again rolled around and I&#8217;ve been able to get my hands dirty not only looking through style.com pictures of the activities, but putting myself in the middle of the action. After three full years at fashion school you&#8217;d think I&#8217;d always be this proactive, but this is only my third season participating.

Today is the first time my name has really been put on a fashion show&#8217;s list so I decided to dress super nice in a dress that I&#8217;ve never actually worn out before. The studio I first interned at, Francis by Christian Francis Roth, is now defunct but I&#8217;ve managed to get my hands on one of my absolute favorite, sophisticated pieces before they were all gone. I&#8217;m especially excited to wear this to an internship, I feel so professional, hah.

Anyway, so here&#8217;s my profession-edgy approach to fashion week. I chose to be fairly basic because I feel like I tend to over-do things-it&#8217;s the art school approach. Hipster-hobo chic. But that&#8217;s definitely not the journalistic approach and fashion week is all for the journalists, not the designers. So I&#8217;m faking it until I make it.

Living in NYC has been one of the best choices I’ve ever made. Fashion Week has once again rolled around and I’ve been able to get my hands dirty not only looking through style.com pictures of the activities, but putting myself in the middle of the action. After three full years at fashion school you’d think I’d always be this proactive, but this is only my third season participating.

Today is the first time my name has really been put on a fashion show’s list so I decided to dress super nice in a dress that I’ve never actually worn out before. The studio I first interned at, Francis by Christian Francis Roth, is now defunct but I’ve managed to get my hands on one of my absolute favorite, sophisticated pieces before they were all gone. I’m especially excited to wear this to an internship, I feel so professional, hah.

Anyway, so here’s my profession-edgy approach to fashion week. I chose to be fairly basic because I feel like I tend to over-do things-it’s the art school approach. Hipster-hobo chic. But that’s definitely not the journalistic approach and fashion week is all for the journalists, not the designers. So I’m faking it until I make it.


Seeing as Tuesday was my first day of my Senior year, essentially being one of my last first days at school, I decided to go retroLeah and wear the dress that I wore my first day of freshmen year (Textiles!). It&#8217;s kind jog odd that I haven&#8217;t donned this ensemble in years so I of course didn&#8217;t fit it quite like I used to (or ever did) but it was enlightening to be able to wear it and feel the kind of joy and disparagement and inspiration that I have lost over the three years that I&#8217;ve spent at Pratt. I&#8217;m making my final collection. I almost have a degree in my hands. This year is going to be the sweetest hell that I&#8217;ve ever spent my life waiting for.

Seeing as Tuesday was my first day of my Senior year, essentially being one of my last first days at school, I decided to go retroLeah and wear the dress that I wore my first day of freshmen year (Textiles!). It’s kind jog odd that I haven’t donned this ensemble in years so I of course didn’t fit it quite like I used to (or ever did) but it was enlightening to be able to wear it and feel the kind of joy and disparagement and inspiration that I have lost over the three years that I’ve spent at Pratt. I’m making my final collection. I almost have a degree in my hands. This year is going to be the sweetest hell that I’ve ever spent my life waiting for.