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

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...

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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)

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...

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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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Advanced Fashion Design Grad Is an Associate Designer For Express (Interview)

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...

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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.

Joie

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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Apparel News Reports on FIDM's Recent Denim Industry Event

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...

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Get to know FIDM Social Ambassador Alexandrea Neil, a Merchandise Product Development Student at our Los Angeles campus. Follow Alexandrea on Twitter @FIDM_Alex for live updates about her life as a student at FIDM.

Q&A with Alex:

Hometown: “Anaheim Hills, California.”

Describe your style: “I love to have fun with fashion! I really don’t follow any ‘fashion rules.’ Instead, I follow trends but I put my own twist on it. I would say that I’m very girly and chic but with an edge to it.”

Favorite brands: “I love TopShop, ZARA, Free People, and Urban Outfitters.”

An icon who inspires you: “Olivia Palermo. Her style is just perfect!”

Favorite place to eat: “Lemonade in Orange County and LA. It’s so delicious.”

Dream job: “My dream job is to design my own line. But along the way I would love to work in trend forecasting.”

Best advice for FIDM Students: “Go outside your comfort zone. It will help you get to new places and meet new connections you never would have found!”

Your hometown’s best kept secret: “It's not much of a secret but in my hometown, there’s a little hiking spot called Top of the World. I love going there to get fresh air after working on projects.”

Your FIDM experience in three words: “Intense, but rewarding and exciting.”

You know you went to FIDM when..: “you go into a retail store and try to guess what type of fabric is used on all the garments. I'm such a nerd but I find it so fascinating!”

Connect with Alex:

Twitter: @FIDM_Alex

More about Alex:

“Hello! My name is Alexandrea Neil from Anaheim Hills, California. I am currently in my 5th quarter at FIDM studying Merchandise Product Development. I spent my first year of FIDM at the Orange County campus and absolutely loved every moment of it. Now I am so excited to be starting my second year at the Los Angeles campus. Additionally, I am currently working a retail job as a stylist for Bebe and I am part of the premiere Merchandise Product Development group on campus.”

More about FIDM Social Ambassadors:

The FIDM Social Ambassador program is a team of FIDM Students who blog, tweet, vlog, photograph, and discuss their first-hand FIDM experience on social media. To apply to be a member of the FIDM Social Ambassador program, click here. Get to know more FIDM Social Ambassadors here.

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Meet FIDM Social Ambassador Alexandrea Neil

Get to know FIDM Social Ambassador Alexandrea Neil, a Merchandise Product Development Student at our Los Angeles campus. Follow Alexandrea on Twitter @FIDM_Alex for live updates about her life as...

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Fashion brand Tory Burch is cited in a Women's Wear Daily special marketing report as being one of the only companies that successfully caters to women across all age groups. In a survey of consumer experts on capturing the neglected baby boomer fashion market, Peter Hubbell, CEO of BoomAgers says, "If you look at a brand like Tory Burch, you've got every generation of woman out there embracing what Burch is all about." A major theme of the study is that boomers (ages 50-65) want to look and feel current—not defined by age or loose fit.

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