Name: Richard Zack
Hometown: Laguna Beach, CA
Previous College: Bachelor's degree from University of Kentucky
FIDM Major: Merchandise Product Development Professional Designation
FIDM Campus and Start Date: Los Angeles, October 2014
Admissions Advisor: Shirley McDonald
How did your advisor help with the process? She was very helpful in guiding me through the admissions process and she made sure that I was selecting a major that would polish my skills and help me achieve my long-term goals post graduation.
Tell us a bit about yourself. I have been involved in fashion for a majority of my life. My family was a huge influence in my choice from an early age, and I was exposed to fashion and the fast-paced retail store environments. I grew up in Columbus, Ohio where companies like Express, Victoria Secret, Abercrombie & Fitch, as well as the Limited Brands are all headquartered. My mother works as the Executive Vice President of Stores & Operations for Express so I knew that fashion and retail offered endless possibilities and future plans.
The action sports industry has also been a big influence on my fashion interest. I grew up skating and snowboarding and now surfing which I feel retail, style and creativity are all huge parts of what make this industry so great. I had a lot of support and valuable insight going into college at the University of Kentucky where I obtained my bachelor's degree in Merchandising, Apparel and Textiles, but I felt likeI needed more in depth fashion schooling to reach my goals.
What are your proudest accomplishments so far? My proudest accomplishments thus far are graduating from the University of Kentucky, traveling as much as possible and gaining new insights, meeting new people, and trying new experiences. The world is full of so many different ideas and perspectives and by pushing myself out of my comfort zone I have opened up so many new doors for my future plans.
What made FIDM right for you? FIDM has a much more in-depth fashion curriculum than the general Merchandising degree I obtained from the University of Kentucky. I also worked a year in San Francisco for Gap Inc. after obtaining my bachelor's, but I wanted more in-depth training and fashion exposure to certain areas in my field. While working at Gap Inc. I realized where my strengths lent themselves and where I needed to improve to meet my goals.
Describe your entrance project. I had to imagine I was a product developer of private label merchandise and I was asked to identify my customer by what she or he wears and how I could modify the styles to make them exclusive to my company. I found five pieces off the runway and recreated them while still maintaining the trend shown. I chose a few outerwear pieces that consisted of styles like mixed media jackets, bombers, and parkas and I put my own special touch on them by sketching my new modified versions.
What are your career goals? I'd like to obtain a design or product development position with a major retail company post graduation. What do you expect to learn at FIDM? My general studies of fashion in college along with my internship experience and my position prior to obtaining my degree all helped determine my decision to go back to school for a more in depth learning experience. I was exposed to the real working world and I now see where I am confident and where I need to improve. I believe FIDM will help me apply my knowledge and passion because of the in depth learning environment they provide along with the real life exposure to the Los Angeles area for fashion and manufacturing. I want to create a portfolio that I can be proud of and also I want to gain more in depth skills that can help me in my future career positions. Just Accepted
Name: Richard Zack Age: 26 Hometown: Laguna Beach, CA Previous College: Bachelor's degree from University of Kentucky FIDM Major: Merchandise Product Development Professional Designation FIDM Campus and Start Date: Los...