FIDM Student: Kristine Rodriguez

Students give an inside look at their college experience

Kristine Rodriguez

Fashion Knitwear Design

Tell us a bit about yourself. I am a maker and cat person. Knitting is my passion, but I do not knit for my cat. I am trying to delay my transformation into a cat lady, although it seems pretty inevitable.

What are your proudest accomplishments so far? My proudest accomplishment was receiving an award for creating one of the top Degree Projects in my undergraduate class. It was a collection of knit garments, the first garments I had ever made.

What made FIDM right for you? Since I have already spent four years earning my Bachelors of Fine Arts, I am eager to immerse myself in one discipline: knitwear. Not only does FIDM offer this type of focused education, but it also has a Fashion Knitwear program, which not many schools do.

Describe your entrance project. My entrance project is a knitwear collection inspired by the Asbury Park boardwalk. The boardwalk was the gem of the Jersey shore during its prime, but has since fallen on hard times. Much of its art deco architecture exists today in various states of abandonment and decay. It is a beautiful place, a place where I find peace. I designed this collection in homage to this relic by the sea. Each garment is of the boardwalk, the buildings and the ocean.

What are your career goals? My dream is to start my own line. My bigger dream is to show at New York Fashion Week.

What do you expect to learn at FIDM? I expect that FIDM will open up a world of possibilities for my work. It is all about preparing myself to have the tools I need to succeed in the industry, doing what I love.

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