Mentalist

FIDM Graduates Amanda Friedland and Suzy Magnin are the Costume Designer and Assistant Costume Designer, respectively, on CBS's The Mentalist. Both Amanda and Suzy have worked on the show for Season 4, 5, 6, and are currently working on Season 7. 

"We love the collaborative aspect of working with creative writers and directors on an episodic basis," says Suzy. "You really get to know your characters having worked with them for so many years. Costuming is a visual form of storytelling that we both enjoy."

Photo: Sonja Flemming/CBS ©2014 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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FIDM Grads Working As Costume Designers on The Mentalist

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Ariana

Apparel Industry Management, Advanced Fashion Design, and Business Management Graduate Ariana DaSilva is working in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, as a Senior Fashion Trainer at Sharaf Retail Group, which represents brands such as Agent Provacateur, Forever 21, and Hello Kitty Beauty Spa. 

What is your current job title/responsibilities? As a Sr. Fashion Trainer, I currently develop, revise, improve, and maintain all of the training programs and materials alongside managing newly acquired luxury retail stores in Dubai, Bahrain, Kuwait, Singapore, and Malaysia. I also monitor and report on the progress of trainees, meet with visual merchandising, marketing, and product development to identify and recommend training requirements and conduct training needs analysis as well as evaluating training effectiveness. I am involved in induction, luxury/high-end customer service, brand/product knowledge, upsetting/cross selling, and style training programs.

What led you to living and working in Dubai? Both for personal and professional reasons, I wanted to change my life, and Dubai kept on popping up in my life. From random job offers in my email, to meeting people who live or work in Dubai, I knew I had to go for it. From the time I started at FIDM, I would always talk about how I wanted to live and work abroad, I just wasn’t sure where, or how it would happen. After completing my BS in Business Management at FIDM, I knew I had to pursue my dreams. No risk, no reward.

Have you lived in a  foreign country prior to now? I have never lived or worked in a foreign country, but have always been drawn to people who travel for work. I always knew that it was something that I wanted to do. I don’t like to stay in one place, or do the same thing every single day.

How did FIDM help prepare your for your career? What didn’t FIDM do is the question. The faculty at FIDM have had a huge influence on my life and are an integral part of my present success. I connected with a lot of people at FIDM. In fact, they encouraged me to get my A.A. in Apparel Industry Management, A.A. in Fashion Design, and B.S. in Business Management. FIDM was and still is my family. They cared about me when I had no support and felt alone and helpless.

Those who made a huge impact on my life know who they are, I could not have made it without them. My degrees have given me sound knowledge and the confidence to go out there in the world and use my talent. Never once was I turned away when I needed help, support or encouragement, and I thank all of them from the bottom of my heart.

Any advice you would like to give to FIDM students post graduation? When I was at FIDM, I spoke every quarter to the new incoming college students during the SUCCESS Seminar. I shared with them my own personal tips and tricks on how to survive throughout their college career. I immediately found myself in the position of a role model, and this enhanced my desire to improve and become better, despite my life situation. It’s easy to let life get in the way and bring you down. But what happens after you graduate? My advice: never give up.

Focus on what you love and don’t settle for less. If you want to move, move. If you want to design, design. Do what moves you, do what you are passionate about, and you will be able to move mountains. Don’t ever stop learning, and making yourself better. Evolve and be aware of what’s happening around you. You make the magic happen around you. You make your own reality, and you must believe in your own power.

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FIDM Alumna Living and Working in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (Interview)

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Ethan

Name: Ethan Bartlett

Major: Fashion Design (2010); Advanced Fashion Design (2011)

Job Title: Associate Designer (Women's Knits) for Express.

Location: I am based at their New York Design Studio.

What do you love most about your job and why? I have always had a strong passion for cut/sew knits, and working for a company as big as Express, I really get to utilize my passion and knowledge of knits in a meaningful way and on a enormous scale.

How did FIDM help prepare you for your career? My Advanced Fashion Design degree really prepared me with the knowledge of construction of garments, and how to make beautiful garments. I am so grateful to have worked with such inspiring instructors during my time at FIDM.

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Denim

Mother jeans founder Tim Kaeding (left) with Kingpins founder Andrew Olah

California Apparel News has a story about Kingpins + FIDM, a recent event organized by the denim development tradeshow Kingpins and the college, held on the top floor of the Cooper Design Space in Los Angeles.

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Speakers included Tim Kaeding, former creative director for 7 For All Mankind and founder of Mother denim brand; FIDM Graduate Joie Rucker (pictured, left) and Caroline Calvin, designers and founders of Calvin Rucker; denim legend Francois Girbaud, currently at J Brand; and Ben Talley Smith, a denim designer and consultant. 

The denim industry veterans and visionaries gave students advice on all aspects of the business, including breaking rules. "If you believe there are rules, you probably won’t be able to take anything to the next level,” said Rucker. 

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The FIDM MODE is the fashion and lifestyle publication designed and manifested by FIDM Students from all four campuses. Let's take a quick inside look at what goes into creating this beautiful magazine. 

1. The Team

First and foremost, the executive team is chosen. The positions held on the executive board include: Editor in Chief, Art Director, Managing Editor, Fashion Director, Assistant Fashion Director, Beauty Director, and Social Media Manager. Each member on the team is responsible for different departments on the publication, ensuring tasks are being accomplished to complete the publication. These members are responsible for attending meetings once a week with the board, and once every other week for general meetings that are open to all other students. 

2. Contributors

If you are not on the executive board team, but  still want to be involved with the MODE on a smaller scale, you can be a contributor. Interested in writing an article? Being a model? Working on Graphics? Assignments are assigned to you by the appropriate board member.

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3.  Brainstorming

Before anything is created, the board team creates a general theme to base all future projects and efforts on moving forward. Then brainstorming continues to deciding on the types of articles that will be published and the kind of shoots that will be hosted. Every shoot and written copy complements the settled theme. 

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4. Delegation

Once assignments are created, they are assigned to be completed. Article topics are picked up by writers and guidelines and deadlines are given. Written work goes through edits by the Managing Editor and Editor in Chief and is sent back to the writer and prepared for print.

Shoots are coordinated by fashion editors, themes, style, and location is decided by the team, then delegated to contributors. Based on the theme chosen, stylists, models, hair and makeup artists, and photographers are chosen to contribute to be on set for that day. 

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5. Production

Once articles have been written, and shoots have been shot and edited, it's time to put the two together. The design team is lead by the Art Director. Graphic Designers use the images from shoots and copy from the written articles to create the spreads. The Art Director then takes every page designed and puts it together in one document, ultimately creating a digital copy of the magazine.

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6. Press Checks

Once the publication has been put together and has been approved by all authorities, it's time to take it to the printers! The magazine goes through a process called press checks. Press checks, simply put, are an approval process. It is when a client (in this case is me and FIDM's Art Director David) visit the printers to see the project (which is the FIDM MODE™) on the press to approve the spreads before 5,000 copies are printed. This is the opportunity for us to see the very first sheet off the press before the printers print the entire job. The designer and Editor-in-Chief sign off on each press check once we have approved how the color is shown on the spreads. To learn more about Press Checks in detail, click here. Essentially after this process, the publication is printed, folded, cut, glued, and ready to hit the stands!

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7. You

All this hard work gets put into creating this publication all for you. Enjoy! 

 

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Teen tech copy

Business analysts, trying to understand the slump in the teen apparel market, point to two trends: fast fashion and tech gizmos for taking teen dollars. "You try to get them talking about what's the next look, what they're excited about purchasing in apparel, and the conversation always circles back to the iPhone 6," John Morris, a retail analyst for BMO Capital Markets tells the New York Times. "A phone keeps you much more entertained," explains teen model Nicole Myers (pictured above). "It's a better distraction than clothing."

Teen apparel accounts for 15% of retail apparel sales.

photo credit: New York Times

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