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By Zaid Taji Farouki

Tag: Fashion School

Graduated!

So a few days ago I can finally say I am done with fashion school. I know this may sound cliché but this year taught me so much about myself. After graduating from university I wanted to pursue my dream so I decided to apply to fashion schools and I ended up in Milan at Istituto Marangoni. The first few months I would describe as the hardest. The stress, the uncertainty, the learning curve- tough demands which can only be met by working through the nights. With all these factors I can definitely say I learnt more than I expected.The sleepless nights & anxiety attacks paid off eventually and I couldn’t be happier, with three collections in my portfolio.

This year wasn’t all about the academics, it was also about growing as a person and facing actual competition among peers. Previously in business school we were very competitive, but we somehow worked together in classes on projects, papers, etc that elevated us all together it was team work. But sadly in the creative world it is everyone for himself and having to constantly watch your back and work. Yes, people always managed to say snarky comments about your work  just to diminish you. A great example was a fellow student that on more than one occasion mentioned that my final painting on my garments was was awful. The first incident was when he said “it’s not the fabric that didn’t work, its your painting which is bad” or the other time where he said “you should hire someone better than you to paint the outfits!”. These comments were not even called for and he wasn’t asked for his opinion in the first place. Others claimed that they were fed wrong information for them to fail the exam. Let’s say we needed a reality TV show, I would love to pitch the idea to Bravo TV.

Some may think why am I sharing this sensitive information with the people reading my blog, well these moments were a new highlight in my life. For the first time in my life, I didn’t wish a person for the best in their lives. It was a new marking point, was I going to be one of those people that were ruthless? Did I loose my personality? Or was it just amplifying something hidden inside of me? But after much thought I realized it wasn’t any of the above. Anyone that knows me, knows how I wish the best for everyone and I would always be there if anyone needed assistance. But this time I had gotten to the point where you are welcome by my side where as friends/acquaintances we inspire each other and grow simultaneously. If that wasn’t the key factor and their main factor was to diminish me, as is I am already a harsh critic on myself so I don’t need their assistance. Although I will need their assistance in one thing, they further encourage me to prove them wrong.

The day after I graduated I had to put on my professional look and head out to try to figure out whats the next step I need to take in order to leap onto my next goal. During my final exam I submitted my Spring/ Summer 2015 collection, but we also submitted finished look from our Fall Winter 2014/15 collection. I hope you like it!! Every piece was hand painted by me after the pieces were sewn to create customizable pieces that the wearer views as a piece of art rather than an average piece of clothing.

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Catching Up!

Soooo I haven’t blogged in a while and I don’t like where this is going. I need to be back on top of my work. I haven’t been posting things daily ever since I moved to Milan and its because of the hectic non-ending work lifestyle I have. During the winter break I had promised myself that stress and over-exhaustion should not lead my life in any form. The first few months I got here I managed to gain back all the weight I had gained in the past year, and never in my life have I had to go through nervous breakdowns as much as I did. Studying and creating in general is very stressful deadlines are set and clear, but its not like any other kind of career everything truly has to happen in the last minute. You can plan for months but everything has to take its course and it can come down to just a few days for execution. Therefore, after I got back to Milan in January I vowed to myself that I would go back to my gym schedule, de-stress my life, and the end of the day I am here to improve creatively not destroy myself. It has been baby steps, I don’t go to the gym 6 times a week like I used to the same time last year now I go 3 or 4 times a week. And as for the stress, that never ends but you start having this belief that everything will turn out ok in the end. As for the all-nighters those never end, I can see a lifetime of them ahead of me and I don’t know how to feel about it.

So to update you about my life and what has happened in the past month and a half that I haven’t been online as much. I personally managed to travel a lot. I went to Amsterdam for one weekend with a friend of mine, the city was beautiful, we rented bikes, went to the flower markets, went to the museums, and took the tour along the canals. The weekend after I had to fly to Saudi Arabia for 3 days to renew my residency there and as soon as I got back to Milan the two weeks of finals slammed me in the face. Two days after my finals great friends of mine came to visit me in Milan for a few days (and we managed to squeeze a day trip to Lake Como). I really appreciate them for coming all the way to visit me! I love having people, especially close friends of mine! After Milan, we took off and went to Barcelona for a weekend. Oh dear lord! What a beautiful city! I personally got inspired in every step I took in that city, we went to the Sagrada Familia, the Picasso Museum, Park Güell, and other Gaudi buildings.

So here is a quick update of my life and stay posted for more! And I am proud to say that I have created two collections so far and I am currently working on my third one! Here is a picture of me sitting in Park Güell.

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Under Pressure

So today has been one of those days.. You know the sketches that took me 3 days to make and the ones I showed you yesterday? Well I have to re-do a good deal of them because they are not good enough. So after a whole day of classes starting from 11:15 am to 8pm. I hear this news at around 7:45 because thats when the teacher had individual meetings with everyone of us. After class I managed to drag myself back home, dragging myself home at the pace where it usually only takes me 10 minutes to get home from university to my apartment. It took me 30! Here I am sitting in a café right underneath my building. Currently writing this trying to decide what I should eat. Am I running towards food for comfort? Yes, I am. Should I be doing that? NOOO.. So here I am trying to decide what to eat and feeling guilty for not having a daily workout schedule.

Anyways the professor informed me that the sketches don’t have to be done by next week but should be there by the end of November (the end of our first semester) So here I am forcing myself to do them early not because I don’t want to keep them till the end but because I have to try my best to be the best at what I want to be. So as I plan the rest of this weeks schedule I realize I will almost have a nonexistent weekend. A few pages of sketching to repeat, new sketches to make, a skirt to cut over the weekend, and to create one mood board as an example for my first collection.

I swear Fashion school is breaking me faster than business school ever did. I am going to eat and head up to my apartment to sleep as I have to create 4 skirt patterns for tomorrow and I need to finish the last 2. Luckily I have class at 2:45 so I have time to do them before hand.

What also keeps me going is these messages I got from two of my friends today and I would like to thank them for all the support and love. One of them I woke up to, the other I received during the day. I would love to thank them for all the love and support.

“Do i always tell you mama says ‘did you tell zaid that hes designing youe wedding dress?’ hahahaa”

“Good luck in this new chapter of your life in beautiful Milan, wish you all the best Zaido! Make me proud!!”

Love,
sleep deprived, emotionally and physically exhausted Zaid