For the past several months I have been working on designing a very specific program on teaching the subject of Millinery. I have been also working on paperwork to launch a Millinery School based in my Atelier and first of its kind in New York. Today I am very excited to announce that the registration for Summer Sessions of 2011 will start on March 31st. Complete description of the program can be found on my website http://www.anyacaliendo.com/ .
I do not know if I have ever told you about my pitiful experience at FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology) in New York. FIT runs the only available independent millinery program in New York. There is also Parsons School of Design, but millinery there taught as a part of the design course in very small measure and is available only to the students of Parsons. Long before I travelled to England to be taught by Ms.Corey, I stumbled upon FIT Millinery program and immediately filed to enroll. I was beyond excited about the possibility of studying specifically to become a Milliner. All my excitement, however, disappeared by the end of the first lesson. FIT Millinery program suggested course stretched out to 2 years with lessons once a week, in the evenings on Thursday 6:30p.m to 10:00p.m Did not make any sense to me. I have calculated that if you combine suggested hours together for, let's say, two semesters, you will barely have 60 hours at best .Not only that, but there was a class of 40 students, no materials, no blocks, no clear direction and a very overwhelmed teacher who announced that we are expected to make something like 20 hats by the end of the first semester. There was also a glass case on the wall with the designs of the hats created by graduates of the program. Sad little creatures behind the glass plunged me into depression. With that, I barely was able to sit until the end of the class, walked out and never came back. It was easier for me to travel all the way to London to study there than to suffer through what FIT for some reason decided to call Millinery Courses.
And so I developed a program that would teach my students advanced Millinery skills over 3 Sessions during the Summer, 3 weeks each at a total of over 100 hours during each Session with many sources of inspiration, craftsmanship as a main priority, adaquate attention to every student and all materials and blocks available. The program is certified and at the end of it each student will have a certificate in Millinery Arts. Don't tell me I have to much ambition because I know that I do.:-) Wish me luck!