FIDM had many exciting successes in 2014!
1. January: FIDM Students Take 2nd in National NRF Competition
Merchandise Marketing Students Imani Steiner, Sarah Bitticks, Danny Lucero and Amanda Gebran were awarded scholarship money and a stipend to attend the National Retail Federation’s annual conference, Retails’ BIG Show in NYC as part of the NRF Foundation’s Student Challenge.
Later in the year two FIDM Students, Sarah Bitticks (Business Management) and Bailey Blakkolb (Merchandise Marketing), were selected among 25 finalists for the NRF’s Ray Greenly Scholarship, Elizabeth Poteracki (Merchandise Marketing) was selected as a recipient of the NRF’s $10,000 Next Generation Scholarship, and three FIDM Graphic Design Students were selected as winners of the NRF’s Holiday Card Contest.
2. January: FIDM's Life Lessons with Kimora Lee Simmons
Kimora Lee Simmons is one of the most dynamic and influential businesswoman in the fashion and entertainment industries, and she came to FIDM to share her words of wisdom with our students. We shared clips from Kimora's visit to FIDM, along with free wallpaper downloads to inspire you to live in the spirit of #fabulosity. Download inspiring Kimora’s Life Lessons desktop wallpapers here.
3. February: Project Runway: Under the Gunn
Fashion royalty and FIDM Advisory Board Member Tim Gunn was spotted on the FIDM campus during the filming of Lifetime’s Project Runway: Under the Gunn series earlier this year, along with costars and fashion design mentors Mondo Guerra, Anya Ayoung-Chee, and FIDM’s own Graduate and Spokesperson, Nick Verreos.
Verreos, a fashion designer and red carpet commentator went on to win the competition. Read the Top 10 Reasons Why Project Runway: Under the Gunn was Filmed at FIDM here.
4. February: FIDM Museum Celebrates Hollywood’s Leading Film Costumes
Hollywood's leading costume designers celebrated the opening night of FIDM Museum's 22nd Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design exhibition, including Michael Wilkinson (American Hustle), FIDM Alumna Trish Summerville (Hunger Games: Catching Fire), Daniel Orlandi (Saving Mr. Banks) and many others. The annual exhibition features Academy® Award-nominated film costumes every year– and this year's exhibition is coming up! See more photos from last year's opening reception here.
5. March: The 2014 FIDM DEBUT Runway Show Dazzles
FIDM's Fashion Design and Theatre Costume Design Advanced Study Students debuted their collections at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California. The show included an industry collaboration with Cadillac. Named among "Southern California's Top 100 Events 2014," the FIDM DEBUT Runway Show also features incredible work by Interior Design, Digital Media, and Textile Design students. Don't miss out on this year's show in March.
6.March: FIDM + LaCoste at Costume Designers Guild Awards
FIDM Film & TV Costume Students partnered with LaCoste to design an installation at the Costume Designers Guild Awards at the Beverly Hilton for which they developed tuxedo shirts for iconic movie characters.
7. March: FIDM + 5.11 Tactical
FIDM’s International Manufacturing & Product Development Students class of 2014 partnered with 5.11 Tactical, a leading apparel and gear company providing serving law enforcement, first responders, tactical operators, and recreational enthusiasts, to design product lines. Read more about FIDM's IMPD program here.
8. April: Students Grow a Red Wine Dress
FIDM Students from a variety of majors seized an opportunity to participate in a Fermented Fashion workshop with Australian scientist Gary Cass. Cass discovered a way to grow a cellulosic fabrication from fermented wine and also works extensively with DNA. He shared his processes with students on the LA campus, followed by hands-on creation and manipulation of the fermented wine fabrication in a laboratory setting. Read more here.
9. May: GUESS + FIDM
The GUESS Scholars program launched at FIDM through which two outstanding current or future FIDM Students will receive a one-year renewable scholarship every year. GUESS also hosted a GUESS + FIDM Design Contest through which Francisco Flores Jr.’s Cold-Shoulder Cropped Denim Jacket and High-Rise Side-Tie Denim Shorts designs were produced and sold on GUESS.com. Watch our video featuring GUESS president Paul Marciano who shares the reasons why he employs FIDM Grads here.
10. June: FIDM Hosts the Founders of Juicy Couture
FIDM Alumna Pamela Skaist-Levy and Gela Nash-Taylor, the founders of Juicy Couture and new label Pam & Gela, hosted a private Q&A and book signing at FIDM. The inspiring Q&A session, moderated by Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic Booth Moore, was followed by a book signing by the duo who were promoting their book, The Glitter Plan: How we Started Juicy Couture for $200 and Turned it Into a Global Brand.
Watch highlights here.
11. June: “Be unreasonable,” says NRF CEO Matt Shay to FIDM Grads
The president & CEO of the National Retail Federation Matthew Shay served as commencement speaker at FIDM’s Graduation Ceremony held at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles. Quoting Bernard Shaw, Shay said to FIDM Graduates, “The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable man persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”
Shay was the first person in FIDM’s history to receive an honorary degree from FIDM.
The graduation ceremony was all the buzz on social media as the #FIDMGraduation hashtag went viral, trending worldwide on Twitter. Watch highlights below.
12. July: FIDM + Saks Fifth Avenue
FIDM Visual Communications Students designed windows at Saks Fifth Avenue’s store in Beverly Hills as part of the luxury retailer’s Student Window Design Challenge in partnership with Design:Retail magazine.
13. July: FIDM + Zara
Zara and FIDM Merchandise Product Development Students collaborated to design imagined spring 2015 products for targeted Zara audiences. Students in Estel Hahn's Classification and Line Development class were presented their designs to Zara corporate at the end of the quarter. Read more here.
14. August: The FIDM Library Celebrates the Future of Textiles
The FIDM Library showed off the latest innovations in the textiles and materials industries for their week-long 5th Annual Innovative Materials Conference, which included a “Recycle, Reuse, Reinvent” event in collaboration with the FIDM Alumni Association where guest speaker Janet Hansen, who designs costumes for Britney Spears, Daft Punk, and the Rockettes, among others, discussed her incredible LED designs. The Textile & Materials Department in the FIDM Library, one of the largest specialized libraries in the United States, is just one of many resources available for FIDM Students.
15. September: FIDM Students Design for Olympic Snowboarders
FIDM Graphic Design and Textile Design Students developed branding concepts and apparel designs to Olympic snowboarders and siblings, Taylor and Arielle Gold.
16. September: U.S. News & World Report Recognizes FIDM
FIDM’s Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management is ranked #3 in U.S. News & World Report's “2015 Colleges with the Highest 4-Year Graduation Rates.” Read more about our Business Management program here.
17. Summer: New Majors & Degrees Launched
Adding to FIDM's coveted Associate of Arts Degrees and Bachelor of Science in Business Management Degree options, we announced new Bachelor of Arts degrees in Design, Social Media, Digital Media, Apparel Technical Design, Professional Studies, Graphic Design, and Interior Design. Explore our Bachelor's Degrees.
18. September: FIDM Museum Exhibits 98 Emmy®-Nominated Television Costumes
FIDM Museum’s 8th annual Outstanding Art of Television Costume Design exhibition featured 100 costumes from more than 20 featured television shows representing 98 Emmy® Award nominations including costumes from series like Breaking Bad, Orange is the New Black, Pretty Little Liars, American Horror Story, Castle and many more. Actors and leading costume designers turned out for the opening reception including FIDM Alumna Mandi Line (Pretty Little Liars). See all the photos here.
19. October: Project Runway: Threads & FIDM
The latest in Lifetime's Project Runway television franchise premiered. Project Runway: Threads, which was filmed at FIDM, featured young teen and tween fashion designers competing for a package that includes a scholarship to our prestigious 3 Days of Fashion summer program for high school students. Social Ambassador and FIDM Advanced Theatre Costume Design Student Erica Williams also made an appearance.
20. October: FIDM + YES TO & Beauty Vlogger Ingrid Nilsen
FIDM San Francisco Students partnered with natural beauty brand YES TO, Inc., on a special packaging design project in partnership with YouTube sensation and beauty vlogger Ingrid Nilsen (missglamorazzi). FIDM Graphic Design Student Jenay Valencia’s design was selected for a special, limited-edition rollout of YES TO’s best-selling beauty wipes, carried by more than 20,000 stores nationwide.
21. November: FIDM + LA Dodgers & Union Rescue Mission
FIDM Interior Design and Graphic Design Students participated in a collaboration with the LA Dodgers and Union Rescue Mission to design a learning center at the downtown Los Angeles homeless shelter. Dodger Andre Ethier donated $75,000 to the center for classroom space, computer workstations, and a library to enhance the Mission's services to the homeless.
22. December: FIDM at The White House
FIDM Alumnus Kevan Hall was among top American designers who attended The First Lady’s Reach Higher Fashion Education Workshop held in the East Room at The White House. Later that month, First Lady Michelle Obama sparkled in a piece from FIDM Alumna Monique Llhuillier’s spring 2015 collection at the annual Kennedy Center Honors gala.
23. All Year: FIDM +Westfield Fashion Events
FIDM was involved in several elite fashion events hosted by Westfield shopping centers including: Westfield Valley Fair hosted Fashion Dujour, a luxury fashion event that included a draping competition among FIDM Advanced Fashion Design Students. The event also included a panel discussion with Marie Claire senior fashion editor Zanna Roberts Rassi, Randi Zuckerberg, Rumi Neely of Fashion Toast, Athena Calderone of Eye Swoon, and stylist Jeanann Williams.
Westfield Topanga hosted the FIDM Design Lab Live featuring five FIDM Students' red carpet gowns, draped in just two hours during the Cocktails & Couture event where FIDM Visual Communications Students also designed visual installations.
The Beverly Center’s hosted a “Show Us Your Style” event where FIDM Alumna and leading fashion blogger Chriselle Lim served on a panel discussion with Aimee Song of Song of Style, Adam Gallagher of I Am Galla and FIDM Advanced Fashion Design Students illustrated attendees in the form of fashion sketches.
Finally, San Jose-based Westfield Valley Fair Mall’s “Cocktails & Couture” event is where FIDM SF Visual Communications students built a mirrored gown installation (shown above).
24. December: FIDM Grad Named DVF Global Brand Ambassador
Fashion icon Diane von Furstenberg named FIDM Graduate Brittany Hampton as Global Brand Ambassador for DVF asnd winner of E!’s fashion-docu series House of DVF.
25. All Year: FIDM Career Center
A few amazing facts about the FIDM Career Center in 2014, which offers placement and career development services exclusively for FIDM Students and Alumni over the course of their entire career.
- Job Opportunities: 22,736 job leads were posted on the Career Network, a private online job postings board just for FIDM Students and Alumni in 2014. The FIDM Career Center network includes 14,338 employers nationwide with 15,788 industry contacts.
- On Campus Events: The Career Center hosted 333 companies and 726 employers across our four California campuses for job development and industry meetings in 2014.
- Academic Internships: 1,365 academic internships were vetted and approved by the Career Center and made available to eligible students in all majors. These 10 week (8 hours per week) non-paid academic internships allow students the opportunity to combine academic training with employment in fields related to their course of study.
26. December: NRF Recognizes FIDM President & Founder with “Influencer” Award
The President and Founder of FIDM Toni Hohberg was honored to be recognized as an “Influencer” at the National Retail Federation's inaugural NRF Gala. This is the first time in the National Retail Federation's history that they have chosen a leader of an educational institution for this honor, and FIDM is incredibly proud of this distinction. FIDM Alumni are retailer leaders worldwide. They have started retail businesses and filled millions of international retail jobs. It is a deep privilege for FIDM to prepare students to take their place in the vibrant & exciting world of retailing.
It was a great year! Watch more inspiring interviews with FIDM Alumni and industry partners below: