19 posts from September 2010

Sep

30
2010

FIDM Alumna Promoted to Women's Stylist at Nordstrom

N579131773_1825295_5922 Merchandise Marketing Alumna Christine Mikulics, who graduated from FIDM this year,  just celebrated her third year working for Nordstrom. She started as a cashier in Women's Shoes, became a sales associate, and was just promoted to the Fashion Valley store as Women's Stylist in the Visual Merchandising department. "I am responsible for the visual merchandising of five specific departments within the store," Christine reports. "This includes styling the mannequins, maintaining fixturing and lighting, and working hand-in-hand with managers to continually improve the shopability of each department."

Christine's team is also responsible for the store windows, involved with special events, and consistently maintaining all visual components that differentiate Nordstrom from other stores. Christine credits Joy Sprink's Merchandise Presentation and Felena Hanson's Professional Practices classes as giving her the confidence and vigor to pursue her career. She adds, "As a Nordstrom employee, I have always felt like my education has given me a step above the rest, whether it's due to product knowledge, comprehending trends, or just understanding the way a retail environment works."

Sep

30
2010

Graphic Design Student Is Finalist in Demands of Denim Scholarship Competition

The latest headlines from the FIDMDigitalArts.com blog:

Peacock FIDM Graphic Design graduate James Peacock left his role as co-founder of a succesful online business to pursue a career in design. Check out work samples from his final portfolio and read his interview on the FIDMDigitalArts.com Blog.

Thumbsiv-275x100 FIDM Graphic Design Student is one of 10 finalists in the "Demands of Denim" Scholarship Competition. During his studies as a Graphic Design/Branding student at FIDM, Sivakumar Swaminathan has been studying how to develop brand identity systems to communicate ideas visually through graphics and typography, but this week his focus will be on an entirely different type of design. Read more on the FIDMDigitalArts.com Blog

Sketchbook Attention Creative Minds: "The Sketchbook Project" 2011 deadline is October 31. The Sketchbook Project invites anyone, from anywhere, to participate in the 2011 traveling exhibition that showcases thousands of sketchbooks filled with hand-drawn images. Read more on the FIDMDigitalArts.com Blog.

Cutandpaste-460 The AIGA San Francisco chapter presents "Cut&Paste"- a digital design tournament on October 8. Cut&Paste, a social arena for the discovery, advocacy and elevation of design, is back with the 2010 Digital Design Tournament, a live action battle in 2D, 3D and motion design. Check out the details on this featured event on the FIDMDigitalArts.com Blog.

Ats_logo_web-275x100 Website you can't miss... "The Art of the Title Sequence." Whether you have an interest in graphic art, film or music, the Website "The Art of the Title Sequence” offers a vast array of visual goodies for you to feast your designer eyes upon. Read more on the FIDMDigitalArts.com Blog.

Thumb-orlovsky-275x96 Graphic Design graduate Igor Orlovsky completed freelance projects for a professional photographer, a social networking website, and even the Consulate General of Israel during his studies at FIDM. Read his post-graduation interview and check out work samples from his final portfolio at the FIDMDigitalArts.com Blog.

Sep

28
2010

FIDM Grad Nick Gaska Preps for Show at Style Week OC

Nick2 Advanced Fashion Design Program alumnus Nick Gaska is profiled in the Orange County Register. The fashion designer will have a chance to show off his work at Style Week Orange County where he's competing in the Cadillac Couture runway show on October 1 and the Ezekiel and Active Ride "Needle & Thread" competition on October 2. Read the profile on Nick.

Related: Watch a video of Nick's graduating collection at FIDM's DEBUT 2010 Runway Show.

Sep

28
2010

Cadillac and FIDM Collaborate for Couture Fashion Show

Cadillac-logo Seven recent FIDM Fashion Design Graduates are creating couture looks for Cadillac Couture: Red Carpet Gowns, a runway show on October 1 and 2 at Style Week Orange County at the Irvine Spectrum. Each fashion designer chose a different Cadillac model to inspire their design. The gowns will be judged by a panel of designers, including Project Runway star and FIDM Alumnus and Instructor Nick Verreos, along with a Cadillac representative. The winning designer will receive a $2,000 scholarship.

For more information on Style Week Orange County, please call (949) 753-5180 or visit StyleWeekOC.com.

Sep

21
2010

First Lady Michelle Obama Wears Dress by FIDM Grad Kevan Hall

104080260 First Lady Michelle Obama looked glamorous over the weekend in a bronze and navy polka dot silk taffeta shirt dress by Fashion Design Alumnus Kevan Hall. Mrs. Obama was giving a speech for an event during Hispanic Heritage Month.

Singer and Dancing With the Stars competitor Brandy also donned a similar version of the dress.

See coverage in US Weekly and also on the First Lady fashion blog Mrs. O.

Sep

20
2010

FIDM Welcomes Just Accepted FIDM OC Student Jordan Fox

Jordan1New FIDM Student Jordan Fox got her start in the fashion industry at age twelve when she began modeling professionally. The future FIDM Visual Communications Student also appeared in the first season of T.V.'s Everybody Hates Chris.

Name: Jordan Fox
Hometown: Rancho Santa Margarita, California
FIDM Start Date, Major, and Campus: October 2010, Visual Communications, Orange County
Admissions Advisor: Roxy Deguzman

Tell us a little about yourself:
I started acting and modeling professionally at age 12, earned my professional makeup artist certification in 2009, and have always been very passionate about clothes, accessories, and the fashion industry itself. I just had the amazing opportunity to spend eight days in New York City for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, where I attended Fashion's Night Out, as well as many astounding fashion shows. I also collect vintage jewelry as a hobby.

How did you know that FIDM was the right college for you? As I stated before, fashion has always been my biggest interest. Even at a young age I would flip through magazines for hours, which I still do to this day! I would put together outfits that I liked, and even study up on all the latest trends. I knew FIDM was the right college for me because it is the most prestigious fashion school in the country. Not only does it offer a strong education in the field in which I am most interested, but it also provides its graduates with a real college degree. I also found that FIDM was able to offer me many opportunities to work in the industry while attending school.

How did you choose your major? I have always known that I wanted to be a stylist, so I came to my advisor, Roxy, and she helped me to decide. I chose Visual Communications because it offered a little of everything, and was the best fit for my career choice.

What are you most excited to learn in your first quarter? I am most excited to learn more about my major in my Survey of Visual Communications class.

What do you expect to gain from attending FIDM? My expectations from attending FIDM are two-fold. The first being to learn as much as I possibly can about the fashion industry, and secondly I hope to gain many contacts whom I will be able to network with in the industry. I know neither of these will be possible without plenty of hard work and focus on my part, so I am really looking forward to putting my all forth and getting started!

What is your ultimate career goal after graduating from FIDM? My ultimate career goal after graduating is to be a successful Fashion Stylist, catering to celebrities and fashionistas. I would love a job that allows me to travel internationally and meet lots of talented people. I want to be super busy and love what I do!

Sep

20
2010

New HGTV Series Stars 8 FIDM Interior Design Students

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HGTV's new show Design School premieres Friday, October 1 and stars eight FIDM Interior Design program students. Filmed at FIDM's Los Angeles campus, Design School explores the hopes and dreams of a group of talented students as they prepare to make their mark in the professional world.

FIDM Instructors and Alumni, as well as industry professionals and other exciting guests, will be featured on the show. On each episode, you’ll see the eight students working in a special FIDM SuperLab™ class as they accomplish their Interior Design assignments.  

Design School begins October 1 on HGTV at 2 p.m. PST (12 p.m. MTN, 1 p.m. CST, and 2 p.m. EST). Don't forget to set your TV recorder!

Sep

09
2010

FIDM Launches iTunes U Page

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Visit FIDM's iTunes U page to watch featured videos and download free supplementary material from our eLearning courses, including Survey of Western Art 1, History of Costume, and Digital Composition III. We will be adding new content, so check back often.

Sep

08
2010

FIDM Grad Launches Jewelry Line at Austin Fashion Week

BeachJewelry Designer Margot Wolf officially launched her self-titled fall 2010 collection at Austin Fashion Week. "I have always loved expressing my personal style through jewelry and when I was studying Apparel Industry Management at FIDM I would constantly venture into the Fashion District and frequent flea markets, scouring for rings that spoke to me," says Margot, who previously designed handbags for HARVEYS Seatbelt Bags. "One day I was struck with the thought that jewelry might be my calling." 

Soon after, she met a very talented and generous jeweler who let Margot apprentice in his shop. "I was hooked from the very first moment I worked -- the tools, metals and stones, and methods of creation all connect with a place deep in my soul," she says. Margot mainly works in silver and bronze and often incorporpates found objects into her collections. She is working with a few boutiques and will soon be selling her line locally in Austin and on her website.

Sep

07
2010

Just Accepted: Sisters Julia and Monica Suh Will Attend FIDM

Julia and her sister Monica are newly enrolled into FIDM where they will major in Merchandise Marketing and both plan to earn a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management from FIDM. Julia begins her studies this fall, while Monica will start after she earns an A.A. from Irvine Valley College. "It is definitely a plus to be able to attend FIDM with my sister," said Julia. "By the time she is done with her AA at the community college, we will be at the same level and will be able to take classes together and work as a team. We have talked about working together in the future and maybe owning a company together, but the opportunities are infinite." In our latest interview, we find out more about this dynamic duo from Philadelphia, PA.

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Name: Julia Suh
Age: 17
Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
FIDM Start Date, Major, and Campus: Fall 2010, Merchandise Marketing, LA Campus
Admissions Advisor: Roxy Deguzman

Tell us a little about yourself: I moved to California about 2 years ago because of my mother's occupation and finished out at Northwood High School located in Irvine, CA. I participated in the early graduation program and graduated a whole semester early. I was able to use that extra semester to attend Irvine Valley College. I took some general education classes as well as a marketing class for interest. It gave me time to figure out what I really wanted to do with my life and obtain college credits on the side. I currently reside in Riverside, CA with a single mother and a brother (8) and sister (19). I am an ambitious, creative, confident woman who takes an idea and does not stop persisting until that idea is accomplished. I am an inquisitive person who is extremely eager to learn.

What is one of your proudest accomplishments? As much as I am proud of my educational achievements, I have a far more meaningful accomplishment that I personally feel is at the top of the list; being the best sister to my brother as I possibly can be. From the moment my brother Lucas was born, I had a new outlook on life. I no longer put myself first, but put him ahead of me. I helped my mother raise him and have a never-ending love for this kid.

How did you know that FIDM was the right college for you? I requested information on FIDM my junior year in high school and also visited the LA campus for a small tour. It was not until this past June that I was approached for a meeting with a counselor to see if this school was right for me. I was given an interests quiz and it came out that I was matched up with the major that I had originally said I wanted to pursue. I was very impressed with the Merchandise Marketing program and loved the fact that FIDM is so intertwined with the fashion industry and the rate of success is impeccable. I needed a school that focuses on the business in fashion and FIDM is the best choice for me.

How did you choose your major? My father, who passed a few years ago, had a lot of influence on my choice. He pursued marketing as a career as well. He was an entrepreneur and had many accounts that I was able to watch and learn. Growing up, he would give us life lessons and advice about what and what not to do in the future, based on what was going on with his job. When it was time for me to decide what my major would be, I knew I definitely wanted to do something with marketing and business. My love for fashion has always been there with me so I put the two together to get the major Merchandise Marketing. I get the best of both worlds in that I get to work with fashion and also work with the business aspect of it. When I was presented with information and the program for this major at FIDM, I liked what I saw and decided to definitely go with this major.

What are you most excited to learn in your first quarter? My first quarter will no doubt be challenging. I will be transitioning into a more structured college compared to the semester I attended at IVC (Irvine Valley College). I am anxious to learn anything and everything in the fashion industry. I am excited to put my creativity and knowledge into projects in the real world and succeed in the end. LA is a city of opportunity and it truly inspires me. I cannot wait to experience LA for what it is and appreciate all that it has to offer.

What do you expect to gain from attending FIDM? I expect experience. This school has so many connections and has a total of 4 campuses that all deliver opportunities for students to succeed. FIDM has a very good reputation in the industry and networking is a huge advantage. Because of the tight connections this school has with the industry, FIDM is able to get information and news quickly, which transfers to what the students will be learning in the classroom. I expect to gain knowledge in this field that can support me when I am done schooling. This college wants you to succeed and makes it happen, both career-wise and education-wise.

What is your ultimate career goal after graduating from FIDM? The opportunities are infinite when speaking of a career goal for myself. I am open minded to any job in the industry as long as at the end of the day I am satisfied with my life and the work I have done. I am not 100% sure which specific occupation I want to work in, but I can see myself being at the top of a company of some sort, whether it be my own company or an already established one.


Monica Name: Monica Suh
Age: 19
Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
FIDM Start Date, Major, and Campus: Fall 2012, Merchandise Marketing, Los Angeles
Admissions Advisor: Roxy DeGuzman

Tell us a little about yourself:
I recently moved to California from the East Coast. Since I moved here, I completely changed my life around. I set my goals straight, reflected back on my past inspirations, made some new ones, and just grew up a little. I'm always learning, open to new things, head strong about the things I believe in, and I try to be two steps ahead on everything.

What is one of your proudest accomplishments? I keep thinking about an answer to this question, but I can't think of just one. Probably a lot of proud accomplishments would be back in elementary and middle school when we had to do projects such as the science fair. Although it seems mediocre to the common person, to me, I feel like I went the extra mile every time. I would start with plain poster boards and cover them in paint, tissue paper, etc. making them into presentations rather than simple projects. I remember one time I had to depict a terrain of a mountain and I went bought cement and sculpted a sample of the Appalachians, even including detail of the snow and greens with other materials. Being able to use my creativity at a young age really helped me find my artistic center.

How did you know that FIDM was the right college for you? I've always had a traditional outlook on life after high school, however, upon moving to California, my perspective has changed completely. I realized that competition today is tougher and more rigorous than any, for example, ivy league track sheet. I need a school that is going to teach me how to apply my education to the real working world, where it matters most. I believe FIDM can provide that for me.
 
How did you choose your major? I knew I wanted to study this major for as long as I can remember. When my father was alive, he made his career as an Entrepreneur and had his own business. Watching him pick and choose his own projects was probably something that inspired the leadership aspect of myself and the interest I have in this major. As I grew older, more aspects of Marketing attracted me more and more such as traveling, networking, and openness for creative input. Marketing is essentially about making an idea into a reality. To be able to have 'say' in the process of creating anything, is truly inspiring and is eventually what sold me.

What are you most excited to learn in your first quarter? I'm just excited to start the next chapter in my life. I actually took a few business classes, being that I am currently completing my AA before going to FIDM for my bachelors, so i do have some education in this field.

What do you expect to gain from attending FIDM? I expect to gain a better understanding of the business world through FIDM. Because they primarily work with people in the industry, I hope to gain knowledge not of textbook explanations of how to be successful, but learn and know why they are successful.

What is your ultimate career goal after graduating from FIDM? Ultimately I would like to own my own business. I hope to just get a decent job and then maybe even further my education with a Master's degree. The possibilities for what kind of business I would create is endless, but that's the beauty in Marketing; potentially, you can sell anything.

Sep

07
2010

FIDM Students "AdDRESSing Hunger"

AdDRESSing_HungerFIDM Students from the Graphic Design Program in Orange County were busy constructing their CANstruction project (which benefits the homeless and hungry) over the weekend. The stunning result, along with 13 other projects, are on display at South Coast Plaza through September 26.

LA Flash has an article about the non-profit project, which is made from nearly 8,000 cans:

“It’s amazing how our students  keep asking us about different projects and events to participate in; the younger generation seems to be more civic-minded and aware of the community and we are very pleased by that,” said FIDM’s Education Coordinator Cheryl Iannello. 

Vote for FIDM's "AdDRESSing Hunger" CANstruction project here!

Sep

02
2010

Visit FIDM's Design School In Action at O.C.'s StyleWeek

0915101031 StyleWeek is about to hit the Irvine Spectrum. This is the O.C.’s premier fashion event with celebrities, fashion shows, and many other stylish events.

There will be several exciting opportunities during StyleWeek for students to see FIDM’s “Design School in Action,” a classroom setting located right in the middle of the Irvine Spectrum!

Date:   Friday, October 1st, 2010
Time:   3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Location:  Irvine Spectrum, 71 Fortune Drive Suite 954, Irvine, CA 92618

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Date:   Saturday, October 2nd, 2010
Time:   1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Location:   Irvine Spectrum, 71 Fortune Drive Suite 954, Irvine, CA 92618

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High school students can experience the conception and design of a garment from beginning to end as…

* The designer sketches a concept for the design.
* The design is then draped to see how it will hang and look on a body.
* The design is technically draped and then a pattern is made.
* The garment is constructed and sewn.

This is a unique opportunity to drop in at a design studio with actual industry designers and FIDM Instructors to experience how they do what they do. Students can peek over their shoulders and watch as a concept becomes a reality. There will also be the opportunity for students to meet FIDM Graduate Brian Sullivan, the talent behind Burlapp, one of the top labels at Anthropologie. Students can shop at the FIDM mini Student Store and check out the FIDM Fashion Club table to learn how to start an official FIDM Fashion Club.  NO RSVP IS NECESSARY.

Sep

02
2010

Merchandise Marketing Grad Runs L.A. Shop

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Merchandise Marketing Alumna Annette Turner owns Bring Something to the Party, which started as a gift and stationary store, but now includes letterpress, courtesy of a Chandler and Price Letterpress from 1887. Annette offers a variety of letterpressed materials, including business cards, wedding invitations, and greeting cards, along with candles, wrapping paper, picture frames, and gourmet chocolate.

"My degree from FIDM gave me the necessary tools to survive the first couple years as a small business owner," she says. "I'm constantly networking and meeting new business owners, and creating partnerships to expand my business practices."

Sep

02
2010

Recent FIDM Grad Gets Job at AG Jeans

DSCN1407Tasia Skochil graduated from the International Manufacturing & Product Development (IMPD) Program earlier this year and is now working at premium denim company AG Jeans in Los Angeles. She credits the program with perfectly preparing her for a career in the fashion industry.

"The way that we were trained to work in IMPD has made working in the industry a really smooth transition. Being able to cope with change at a moment's notice, deadlines, etc. has been the most beneficial for my current position."

Read the entire interview with Tasia on FIDM's FashionClub.com Daily.

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