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Paula Cáceres, Textile Development and Marketing ’12

My most challenging project at FIT was developing my knitwear portfolio. We got to make our own knit fabrics, and knits are much more complicated than wovens. Creating your own fabric is a lot of trial and error, but it’s really fun.

I was in love with Prada’s spring 2011 line, and that’s what inspired my knit. The line had a lot of stripes, and it was full of marigold, pea green, and bright cherry red. I made a green and yellow knit, and I created a puckering effect that resulted in a zigzag texture. It was very technical and really difficult, but when you get it right and it looks good, it’s all worth it. I like that tangible feeling—you get to say, “This is what I chose. This is what I made.”

While at FIT, I’ve had internships with Marc by Marc Jacobs, Ralph Lauren, and Oscar de la Renta, which was a dream come true. I also interned in Allure magazine’s beauty department—by far the most fun. I can’t tell you how many times I found glitter eye shadow on my clothing after coming home from work.

After graduation, I’m moving to Milwaukee for an executive development program in buying and planning at Kohl’s. But I’m going to miss having all these awesome stores at my fingertips—even if I’m just going in to look at the merchandise and see what they’re doing. I’ll also miss riding my bike everywhere, but I won’t miss the traffic!  

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