Just Accepted Student Krystine Henson Has a Custom Clothing Business


An Anaheim, California native, Krystine Henson (who goes by the name of Pickles) will be studying Fashion Design, starting on the Los Angeles campus in July. She has been making custom clothing for seven years.

Admissions Advisor: Marilyn Moore

Tell us a bit about yourself: I started designing and sewing prom dresses for my friends in high school, which led to more and more people asking me to sew garments. After graduating from high school at 16, I started taking classes for fashion design and started my own clothing company, Pickle This! Designs.

Tell us about your work in film costume design: I have currently had three fashion shows, the first two of which (Dark Circus and Chicago) were costume/film based. In addition, I manufacture many of the outfits for the actors at the Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire in Irwindale, as well as custom designing historical pirate outfits for Clan Darksail, the largest pirate group in Southern California. I also interned at Baron Hats, supplier of hats to the movie industry for over 80 years.

What are your proudest accomplishments so far? Having a fashion show at the L.A. Convention Center, having two of the hats I worked on for the movie Django Unchained appearing in the FIDM Museum & Galleries, and of course having founded my own company where I can support myself doing what I love—all before the age of 25.

What made FIDM right for you? FIDM is known worldwide for their graduates in the industry, and I want to finely tailor and hone my craft to be the very best.

Describe your entrance project: I put together a portfolio of my best work from the past 3 years, including images from Django Unchained, my fashion shows, and many examples of my custom work, including a few garments that hadn't yet been delivered to customers.

What are your career goals? I'd like to continue making custom clothing, but I would also like to start designing off-the-rack lines that are sold at major retailers.

What do you expect to learn at FIDM? Since I am primarily self-taught, I lack knowledge of computerized pattern drafting, some of the newer software programs, and what is currently the industry standards outside of the genres I currently work in. I want to gain both practical knowledge and real-world experience with my time at FIDM.

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