Jane bowller

Summer 2014 is all about Sustainable Design. Natural, organic, and sustainable brands are gaining popularity with the average consumer requesting products they can feel good about without sacrificing price and performance. German sportswear giant Adidas is producing heel counters made from recycled food containers. London designer Jane Bowler does not throw anything away, but prefers to re-use scraps for new garments and accessories.

Please Recycle

Bionic yarn is transformed into denim from plastic floating in our oceans and on our beaches. Some forward thinking companies are demonstrating that recycling can be fashionable. Conceptual artist Alyce Santoro has created Sonic Fabric, a repurposing of audio cassette tapes, merging art and functionality with a twist: sound.

photo: Jane Bowler design

by Cynthia Aaron/Textiles & Materials Specialist/FIDM Library

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From the FIDM Library: Textiles & Materials Quarterly

Summer 2014 is all about Sustainable Design. Natural, organic, and sustainable brands are gaining popularity with the average consumer requesting products they can feel good about without sacrificing price and...

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A Bachelor's degree is still a good investment, according to a recently published study by Federal Reserve Back of New York economists, reports CNN. "Despite the recent struggle of college graduates, investing in a college degree may be more important than ever before because those who fail to do so are falling further and further behind," says the report. Data showed that over the course of their working lives, college graduates earned 75% more than high school grads. Even with rising tuition costs and student loan debt, the return on investment is considered high at 15%.

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Economists Find Bachelor's Degree Pays Off, Reports CNN Money

A Bachelor's degree is still a good investment, according to a recently published study by Federal Reserve Back of New York economists, reports CNN. "Despite the recent struggle of college...

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Erika

FIDM Interior Design Graduate Erika Brechtel was recently featured on the cover of OC Family magazine for their "Inspired Mom" issue. An award-winning brand stylist, she specializes in creating unique identities for clients in the fashion, interior design, food and wine, health and beauty, travel, art, photography, and lifestyle industries. Her website features advice and examples for styling your business, home, yourself, and your life.

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Interior Design Alumna Featured on the Cover of OC Family Magazine

FIDM Interior Design Graduate Erika Brechtel was recently featured on the cover of OC Family magazine for their "Inspired Mom" issue. An award-winning brand stylist, she specializes in creating unique...

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Carol

DEBUT Graduate Carol Wong and her medieval-themed collection are profiled in the East Valley Tribune

"Wong applied her love for fashion design and creation in high school, when she joined Chandler High’s Fashion Club — a program run by FIDM — after a speaker from the design school visited Chandler. Wong’s involvement with the program included the submission of eight or nine outfits, a concept board, an essay, and a full-ride scholarship to FIDM Los Angeles for one year.

"I was honored, they told me a lot of people applied,” she said, “it showed my family, who were a bit on the fence about the fashion industry; it showed them I was capable.

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DEBUT Grad Carol Wong Profiled in East Valley Tribune

DEBUT Graduate Carol Wong and her medieval-themed collection are profiled in the East Valley Tribune. "Wong applied her love for fashion design and creation in high school, when she joined...

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Get to know FIDM Social Ambassador Ashley Consolo, a Visual Communications Student at our Orange County campus. Follow Ashley on Twitter @FIDM_Ashley for live updates about her life as a student at FIDM.

Q&A with Ashley:

Hometown: “Phoenix, AZ.”

Describe your style: “Bohemian chic, simple and classy.”

Currently listening to: “Whatever is on the radio, I like to go with the flow and just have fun!”

Favorite brands: “I like the brands they carry at Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, and Free People.”

An icon who inspires you: “Coco Chanel– she's the one who inspired me to love fashion in the first place.”

Favorite place to eat in the OC: “I love eating at the Panini Café.”

Dream job: “Ever since I was younger, it has always been my dream to design celebrities’ houses.”

Best advice for FIDM Students: “Never give up! It will pay off in the end.”

OC’s best kept secret: “During finals, the Starbucks by UCI stays open 24 hours.”

Your FIDM experience in three words: “Anything is possible!”

You know you went to FIDM when: “Every day is like a fashion show and you spend your spare time studying at the local Starbucks.”

More about Ashley:

"Hello! My name is Ashley Consolo. I am a Visual Communications Student at FIDM. I started out at the Orange County campus in Fall 2013 and now I'm headed to the Los Angles campus to start the Summer 2014 quarter. I was born and raised in Arizona and it has always been my dream to go to school on the West Coast. Not only to get away from the heat, but to study fashion in Downtown LA. My dream is to become an interior decorator or a professional blogger. In my free time I like to get lost in the world of Pinterest and obsess over The Skinny Confidential. If I could give any advice to future FIDM Students, it would be to take up every opportunity FIDM has to offer and to get involved! Whenever something doesn't go as planned, never give up, keep moving forward, and think positive. 'When you think positive, positive things will happen.'"

Connect with Ashley:

Twitter: @FIDM­_Ashley

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 Ashley Consolo

Get to know FIDM Social Ambassador Ashley Consolo, a Visual Communications Student at our Orange County campus. Follow Ashley on Twitter @FIDM_Ashley for live updates about her life as a...

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Sneakers trend copy

It's official. Sneakers are socially appropriate footwear for men in suits (and other non-athletic wear), according to the fashion arbiters of the New York Times. In a roundup that includes interviews with fashion industry insiders who say that athletic shoes are their first choice for work, as well as formal occasions, the Times compared the moment to the one in the '60s when men stopped wearing hats. "The fact that such a large percentage of men have made a determined effort to make sneakers their primary footwear choice, or really their only footwear choice," makes that comparison valid, says the Times.

photo credit: New York Times

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Trendwatch: Men's Sneakers Gain Fashion Cred

It's official. Sneakers are socially appropriate footwear for men in suits (and other non-athletic wear), according to the fashion arbiters of the New York Times. In a roundup that includes...

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