Fashion Design Student Andrea Saieh Awarded 10k Scholarship from Cotton Inc.

FIDM Fashion Design Student Andrea Saieh was awarded $10,000 in scholarship funds for her entry in Cotton Incorporated's Demands of Denim competition, open exclusively to FIDM Students.

Participants in the Demands of Denim competition were challenged to create a denim design using fashion-forward finishing and dyeing techniques. Over a period of six months, the participants attended workshops to expand their knowledge of denim--from the marketplace and trend forecasting, to construction, fit, dyeing and finishing techniques. Congratulations, Andrea!

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Andrea's winning design



Grad Julia Nish Wins Cadillac Couture Competition

Seven recent FIDM Fashion Design Graduates were asked by FIDM Industry Partner Cadillac to create couture looks for Cadillac Couture: Red Carpet Gowns, a runway show held on October 1 and 2 at Style Week Orange County. Each fashion designer chose a Cadillac model to inspire their design.

The gowns were judged by a panel of designers, including Project Runway star and FIDM Alumnus and Instructor Nick Verreos, along with a Cadillac representative. FIDM Graduate Julia Nish won the competition and was awarded a $2,000 scholarship. Read more about the runway show on Nick's blog.

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Design by FIDM Grad Adrienne Young, Inspired by the Cadillac Escalade

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  Design by FIDM Grad Alejandro Ortega, Inspired by the Cadillac CTS-V Coupe

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Design by FIDM Grad Clay Sadler, Inspired by the Cadillac CTS Coupe

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Design by Grace Sori Hwang, Inspired by the Cadillac CTS-V Sedan

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Design by FIDM Grad Natalia Romano, Inspired by the Cadillac CTS Coupe

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Design by FIDM Grad Nick Gaska, Inspired by the Cadillac CTS Sedan

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Winning Design by FIDM Grad Julia Nish, Inspired by the Cadillac CTS-V Coupe



Re-Designing History Exhibition Opens In FIDM Museum

The FIDM Museum launched their latest exhibition with an opening party last night. Redesigning History: FIDM Museum Study Collection, 1850-2000 showcases more than 30 fully dressed mannequins, along with accessories and related ephemera, from the FIDM Study Collection. An educational resource for students and researchers alike, the Study Collection is comprised of over 2,000 objects.

In conjunction with the exhibition, the FIDM Museum held a design competition for currently enrolled FIDM Students to re-design history by creating illustrations inspired by a key piece from the Study Collection. The winning illustrations are also on display in the Museum.

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FIDM Student Elizabeth Teemley, 1st place winner of the illustration competition, with Kevin Jones, FIDM Museum Curator

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Elizabeth Teemley's illustration

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1st place winner Elizabeth Teemley, 2nd place winner Marc Blaskovits, 3rd place winner Katrina Andrews

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Designs from FIDM's Study Collection featured in the exhibition




Interior Design Students Win 1st Place in Elle Décor-Sponsored Design Competition

A team of three FIDM Interior Design Students won first place in the ‘Legends of La Cienega Celebrate Hollywood' Student Design Competition, which required entrants to design a room in a residential or commercial space that represented their contemporary vision for a film or TV series.

With their entry "Mirror Mirror," FIDM Students Mark Griffin, Olivia Sibert, and Maelee Lungren chose to give a modern spin to Snow White by designing a gothic New York City penthouse. Their work will be featured in the December issue of Elle Décor. 

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You can watch Mark and Olivia on the new HGTV series Design School, which is filmed on FIDM's Los Angeles campus. For more on Design School, go here. Maelee is participating in Chairing Styles, a unique collaboration between FIDM Interior Design, Fashion Design, and Textile Design Students. Find out more about Chairing Styles.



FIDM Footwear Design Grad Jonnathan Guerrero Wins Donald J Pliner Design Challenge and Gets Hired by Charles David

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Jonnathan Guerrero won the Donald J Pliner FIDM Design Challenge earlier this year. He just graduated from FIDM's Footwear Design Program and is already working as a designer for Charles David of California.

"I was very excited to hear [Donald J Pliner's] comments on my designs. Getting positive feedback and reaction from my instructors at FIDM was very flattering and made me feel good about the choice I made of taking the Footwear Design Program, but when I heard that Donald J Pliner was very impressed and liked all of the designs I submitted, it gave me further confidence that I was on the right road and off to a great start."

Read the entire interview with Jonnathan on FIDM's Daily.



Graphic Design Student Wins L.A.'s Official Fashion's Night Out T-Shirt Design Competition

10290_Fashion's Night Out T-Shirt Contest_Marc Blaskovits_DSC_7025 FIDM Student Marc Blaskovits won a contest to create the official t-shirt for L.A.'s upcoming "Fashion's Night Out" event. Proceeds from the sale of the t-shirt will benefit the California Fashion Foundation's scholarship program.

Marc, an International Student who grew up in Luxembourg and graduated from France's Ecole de Condé, is graduating with two degrees, one from each of FIDM's Graphic Design specialty programs, Branding and Entertainment. We asked him to tell us a little bit more about the competition and his FIDM experience.

What was your concept for the t-shirt? I was inspired by New York's Fashion's Night Out t-shirt. I had the idea to recreate the skyline of Downtown Los Angeles, where I actually live and which I'm in love with. But the difference between Los Angeles and the other big cities are the ocean, the palm trees, and the beach. I love the combination of the modern downtown with the traditional beach.

10290_Fashion's Night Out T-Shirt Contest_Marc Blaskovits_DSC_6940 How did you find out about FIDM? It was very important for me to continue in the fashion industry, but as a Graphic Designer. I found FIDM online. It really caught my eye and now I'm in Los Angeles, a city I've always admired.

What do you like most about the program? The teachers. They are great and I really learned a lot. Also, FIDM helped me to grow up and that was really important.

What are your career goals? I want to be a Graphic Designer for a fashion brand. Hopefully I will get something as a result of this competition. I would like to stay in Los Angeles because I'm sure I have something to offer the community.

Images: Marc with his winning design (top). On-hand to congratulate Marc in a ceremony on the FIDM Los Angeles campus: Cynthia Ruiz, President, Board of Public Works, City of Los Angeles and brain-trust of "L.A.'s Fashion's Night Out 2010" (second from left); Mayor's Office Interns and FIDM Students Gloeli Calderon, Visual Communications Student (far left), and Monica Murillo, FIDM Product Development Student (far right); and Nick Verreos, FIDM Instructor and Project Runway star.



Winning Award Leads To Job For FIDM Footwear Design Grad Annie Pho

Annie Pho Annie Pho was one of the winners of the Donald J Pliner FIDM Design Challenge last year and she is now working for the company as a footwear designer! She also writes a shoe blog with fellow winner Leila Kerze called Shoelosophy.

"[Winning the award] has definitely helped with my career. I didn't expect such a great opportunity to come out of it and now I have a full time job with the company. I'm currently a footwear designer for Donald J Pliner/Lisa Pliner. I help develop and design a collection every season and follow up with various factories including Italy, China and Spain. Lots of traveling is involved to oversee that the designs look good or to change styles that need tweaking. I also have the privilege of working with amazing technicians from Italy who have taught me a lot about fitting shoes."

Read the entire interview with Annie on FIDM's Daily.



FIDM Alumna Leila Kerze Designing Footwear in Italy for Donald J Pliner

Leila_Kerze Just last year, Leila Kerze was a student in the FIDM Footwear Design Program. She competed in and won the "Donald J Pliner FIDM Design Challenge." Leila graduated from the program and is now living in Florence, Italy, designing footwear for the 'Donald J Pliner' and 'Lisa for Donald Pliner' lines! Her goals right now are to perfect her Italian and find a new apartment in Florence.

"Winning the contest was my introduction to Donald. From there I started freelancing for the company. Soon after, I was hired full time and traveling to Italy, China, Miami and New York to work on the shoes."

Read the entire interview with Leila Kerze on FIDM's Daily.



Donald J. Pliner Footwear Design Contest Winners Announced: FIDM Students Jonnathan Guerrero and Maeve Sullivan

Jonnathan Guerrero and Maeve Sullivan were recently named winners in the second annual "Donald J Pliner FIDM Design Challenge."

The contest was incorporated into an assignment in the Footwear Design Program. Students were asked to design to a sketch of a last profile provided by Donald J Pliner for Spring 2011, with the theme being "peace"—a tie-in to Donald and Lisa Pliner's Peace For The Children Foundation. Entries were judged on creativity, uniqueness, and the commercial viability of the design.

The students were awarded cash prizes for their winning designs below.


Jonnathan Guerrero's "Dragoste" 


Jonnathan Guerrero's "Laska"


Jonnathan Guerrero's "Querer"


Jonnathan Guerrero's "Rakkaus"


Maeve Sullivan's "Haiti"

Students in the Footwear Design Program participated in a European Study Tour in April earlier this year to conduct trend research. They sourced materials, toured tanneries, and visited the Donald J Pliner factory in Italy. They returned to Los Angeles and worked on their designs in May.

Immediately after graduation, Jonnathan was hired by Charles David and Maeve was hired by Michael Antonio.

Last year's winners of the Donald J Pliner FIDM Design Challenge were Annie Pho and Leila Kerze, both of whom are currently working for Donald J Pliner right now—Leila is designing footwear in Florence, Italy and Annie operates out of DJP's corporate headquarters in Florida.



Chris Williams Named One of FIDM San Diego's Faculty of the Year

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"Chris was always helpful.  He was always there."

This is just a small sampling of what student think about Chris Williams, who was named the Faculty Member of the Year in General Studies at the San Diego campus graduation dinner on June 9.  Chris has won this award many times.

If it hadn't been for Chris Williams, I would not be at FIDM today.  Chris and I knew each other when we were both teaching at Kelsey-Jenney Business College -- more years ago than either of us want to admit.  Always a popular instructor, Chris uses humor to create classes that are both fun and worthwhile.  In addition to teaching on the San Diego campus, Chris also teaches in FIDM's on-line program and has served as a lead instructor.

Congratulations, Chris!

Contributed by FIDM Instructor Rosemary Tyrrell



FIDM Museum Wins Richard Martin Award

The FIDM Museum & Galleries exhibition High Style: Betsey Bloomingdale and the Haute Couture has been honored with the Richard Martin Award from the Costume Society of America. This annual award recognizes excellence in costume exhibition, including concept, research, and design.


Kevin Jones and Christina Johnson, Co-Curators of the exhibition, were recently presented with the award in Kansas City, MO. “In the Museum field, winning the Richard Martin Award is equivalent to winning the Academy Award!" said Kevin Jones. "We think of this exhibition as an homage to perfection since each haute couture garment is so fully realized. After being conceived by a master designer, these artisans spent a minimum of 100 hours making each garment by hand; more than 800 to 1,000 hours for the embroidered evening gowns.”


Christina Johnson, Betsey Bloomingdale, and Kevin Jones at the High Style opening in October 2009

Christina Johnson added, “Social and cultural history is well served by the preservation of fashion. Exhibiting Mrs. Bloomingdale’s wonderful collection helps assure haute couture’s recognition as a fine art form. Her selection of couture held by the FIDM Museum will remain a testament to its twentieth-century creators, while inspiring young designers of today and tomorrow.”

Past winners of the Richard Martin Award have included the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.



3 FIDM Students Win Furniture Design Awards in Thos. Moser Student Design Challenge

K0111 -0362Three FIDM Interior Design Students were recently recognized as winners in the Thos. Moser Student Design Challenge. Thos. Moser partnered with FIDM and invited students to design a companion piece to their iconic chaise.

- Paul Templeman-Holmes: winner of the Thos. Moser Design Challenge Award
- Edith Ponciano: winner of the Industry Award (presented by ASID Presidents)
- Kamilah Gayle: winner of the People's Choice Award (voted on by the guests in attendance at the awards reception)

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FIDM San Diego and Clive Wilkinson Architects Featured in "Contact Magazine"


Clive Wilkinson Architects, who designed the Orange County campus, is featured in Contract Magazine as the Interiors Awards 2010: Education Winner for the design of the San Diego campus.

"The internal landscape is student-centered, supporting their experience through openness, transparency, and user-friendly spaces for work and recreation," says Clive Wilkinson. "Vibrant public spaces contrast with quiet, neutral classrooms and study areas."

Read the entire article here.



Fashion Designer of Tomorrow Winner Featured in News Story

P8Braun12-17-09 Nathan Braun, a high school football player from Brookfield, Wisconsin is not your typical teenage boy. "After football practice, I would carry a sewing machine with me in my gym bag," says Nathan, who was the winner of FIDM's Fashion Designer of Tomorrow award and is now a current student. The Catholic News Service caught up with Nathan and FIDM's Steve Aaron (who called the teenagers sketches "far beyond what someone his age should be capable of doing") to celebrate this success story.

You may read the entire story via the Catholic News Service. In addition, there is another story from the Catholic Herald Online.



FIDM's Alumni Publication "Dialogues" Wins Four Awards

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Dialogues, FIDM's alumni publication, was awarded four awards of Excellence from the University & College Designers Association. This year, close to 1,300 entries were evaluated, with the organization awarding 257 awards in total. The last two issues of Dialogues, Volume 2, Issue 1 and Volume 2, Issue 2 were both awarded in the category of Alumni Publication and in the category of Magazine - Complete Unit. Both issues were designed by FIDM Graphic Design Alumna Bri Emery, who also writes the blog Design Love Fest



FIDM Fashion Designer of Tomorrow Scholarship Winner Nate Braun

09186j_Nathan_Braun_#863471 Nate Braun, who attended Pius XI High School in Milwaukee, had a knack for drawing people, but didn't share his hobby of sketching long, elaborate gowns until now. The football player entered FIDM's Designer of Tomorrow contest and was shocked when he won the one-year scholarship.

"Somehow I just fell into the field of fashion," Braun told Brookfield Now. "The suspense was killing me. I kind of got this feeling in the back of my head, like some other kid won." Nate says he's looking forward to learning from the school's teachers, many of whom also work in the Fashion Design field.



Graphic Design Student Wins 3rd Place for IRON MAN Movie One-Sheet

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Congratulations to FIDM Graphic Design Program Students Aaron Avila and Omar Rajput! Both students qualified as semifinalists in the one-sheet division of the 8th Annual Key Art Student Awards Competition and Aaron was awarded THIRD PLACE! The prestigious competition celebrates excellence in creativity and craftsmanship in motion picture making. There were 12 semifinalists from colleges across the nation and students and instructors came from as far away as New York and Pennsylvania to attend the awards ceremony held at FIDM's Museum & Galleries.

On-hand to present the awards were Creative Director Jeff Bacon from top entertainment marketing agency The Designory who revealed one reason why he and his agency are involved in the student competition: "When I was about sixteen, I won an art contest and this told me it could be a career I could pursue. When I got into the business, I wanted to help create that opportunity for today's students."  He'll be pleased to know that Aaron Avila told us that "the award gives me even more confidence that I can succeed in the industry."

FIDM Instructor Doug Haverty explained how he approaches the competition in the classroom: "We watch the movie and talk about the marketing campaign and then I tell them to forget all that and come up with a completely new approach. I think it's pretty amazing that they all start with the same materials, but yet look at all the different ideas they've come up with."

Images: Top, one-sheet for Iron Man by Aaron Avila; Bottom, one-sheet for Iron Man by Omar Rajput



CALIFORNIA APPAREL NEWS Declares Lhuillier a 2008 Newsmaker

Apparelnews We're used to seeing FIDM Fashion Design Grad Monique Lhuillier in the headlines, so it comes as no surprise that California Apparel News would feature the designer on the cover of its 2008 Newsmakers issue! Here's an excerpt:

Lhuillier, who launched her eponymous brand in 1996 with a bridal collection, has added ready-to-wear, a handbag collection, a retail store on tony Melrose Place in Los Angeles and the beginnings of a tableware line to her list of accomplishments. Her designs—often featured in glossy magazine spreads, on regulars on the red carpet and on the runways during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York—are among California’s most visible contributions to the world of high fashion.

Congrats to Monique and her team! -- Victoria



FIDM Students Awarded Scholarships from Cotton, Inc.

Congratulations to FIDM Merchandise Marketing Student Isaiah Garza and some of his fellow students who were awarded scholarship funds in the Cotton Inc. Scholarship Competition.

Isaiah Garza was awarded a $10,000 scholarship for his Alaskan wedding theme in the "Wedding of Cotton" category. The wedding dress was modeled by Miss Alaska USA 2008. Group winners of the $15,000 scholarship in the category "An Evening of Cotton" were Kimisha Renee Davis, evening dress, Lillian Babaian, accessories, and Lori Millonzi, shoes, for their Asian-Egyptian inspired theme.  The recipient of the $5,000 scholarship for the "Most Innovative Use of Cotton" was Jose Andres Alves-Aranibar who created a punk and rock & roll Las Vegas wedding theme. 

"This competition launched in August and engaged the students for four months," explains FIDM Special Projects Coordinator, Jennifer McEvers. "The students were mentored by FIDM Staff and Faculty and were challenged to research a consumer, create a theme, design products, test and validate their fiber and fabrics, manage a budget, and present their inspiration to a panel of industry judges."

Read our interview with Isaiah Garza here. --Kim



Mark Griffin, Scholarship Winner, First-Year FIDM Interior Design Student and "Chairing Styles" Participant

Board1 Interior Design Month continues as we interview student Mark Griffin, winner of the Interior Design prize in the FIDM National Scholarship Competition. Though only a first-year FIDM Interior Design Student, Mark is a participant in FIDM's "Chairing Styles" Program. He also works full-time and has a family. Talk about talent and focus! --Belissa

How did you come to enroll in FIDM?
I knew I wanted a career in some form of design. I frequently visited the FIDM website and the the FIDM National Scholarship Competition caught my eye. It was just about 5 days before the deadline to submit an entry when I had the project information emailed to me. I figured I had nothing to lose by trying so I put my creative juices to work. I had the project overnighted to arrive exactly on the due date.

To my surprise, two months later I received a call from my Admissions Advisor saying the competition judges were very impressed with my work, but I could not win until I had been accepted to the school.


It was a fast-paced race to get me through the grammar and math exams, get a hold of my high school transcripts, not to mention schedule an interview with the Director of Admissions.

The race was worth it! I was awarded the scholarship and was now enrolled in FIDM.

What drew you to FIDM?
I chose to apply to FIDM based on its reputation in the industry. My first step towards a risky career change was to start with the right education. I toured the school and was impressed with what I saw. Now it was a matter of, ”What am I doing?” Can I make it in college after being out of school for 22 years? I figured if FIDM had enough confidence in my work to award me one full year's tuition then I should do the same, so I dove right in!

What do you plan to do with your FIDM Interior Design degree?
When entering FIDM, I had my mind set on working my way into Set Design.

Board4griffinAt this point, I am exploring all that the ID industry has to offer and keeping my options open. I feel that things are falling in place and my destiny with this will find me.

What is your dream job?
My dream job would be to work on a production team for a major motion picture or television series. I have had some experience in the entertainment industry and that is where my heart lies. 

Where do you find your inspiration?
I find my inspiration for design in everything around me: In color, in pattern, in emotion. As for my inspiration to move forward or to go for my goals, I find that in my wife and kids.

Mark_griffin_chair2 Anything else you'd like to tell aspiring FIDM ID Students? It is never too late! you can go after your new dreams and reach new goals.

When looking at the very heavy work load that is involved with the FIDM Interior Design Program, don’t get overwhelmed. You can make it work.

Just look at me and all that I juggle. Even with all I have on my plate I have managed to maintain straight A’s for my first three quarters. If I can do it, then so can you!

How did you get involved in"Chairing Styles"?
I have always had an interest in furniture design.

When the opportunity came up to apply for “Chairing Styles” I jumped at it. Although I technically was too new to FIDM to be a candidate, I thought I would give the application process a shot. I was only in my second quarter and did not have all that was requested for the portfolio.

I gave them what I had and walked into the interview ready for the battle. I did my best to assure then I could face the challenge. I was so happy when I was picked!

What type of project are you working on for "Chairing Styles"?

"Chairing Styles" is a program and competition that is made up of a small collaborating group of Interior Design, Textile, and Fashion Design students. We are grouped into teams of three with one from each division. Our goal is to use the fabric designed by the Textile Student to create an inspired design for a chair and a dress.


As an ID student we go through the process of learning how to design a chair. We are then paired up
with furniture manufacturers who volunteer their time and materials to mentor us and take us through the manufacturing process.

This is an ongoing relationship that stretches through Summer and into early Spring, when the FIDM DEBUT takes place.

At the completion of this manufacturing process we are judged on our design and use of fabric. If you are the fortunate First Place Winner, you are awarded $8,000!

But we are all winners to have had this opportunity to gain the much-needed skills, not to mention how
the “Chairing Styles” Project looks on our resumes and in our portfolios.

(Mark's rendering of his "Chairing Styles" chair is above.)

Anything else you'd like to add?
I am very proud to have the opportunity to be a part of "Chairing Styles. I have great admiration and respect for my fellow students. It is a diverse group who have been nothing if not supportive of each other. I look forward to carrying my experience and these relationships with me into my future career!



OdileOdette Is One of Gen Art's Fresh Faces In Fashion

Odile Fashion Design Professional Designation program graduates Nichole Kreglow and Stephanie Bodnar have been selected to show their line OdileOdette at this year's Gen Art runway show featuring collections from all the winning designers. The two met while attending classes, including History of Costume and Intermediate and Advanced Draping and Pattern Drafting, at FIDM San Francisco. Read our interview with Nichole and Stephanie at FIDM's Fashion Club Daily. --Kim



FIDM Student & FIDM Grad Win 'Passport to Style' Awards

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FIDM Student Courtney Little and FIDM Grads Angela Saint Laurent and J.C. Olivas from FIDM's San Diego Campus were among dozens of independent designers participating in this year's Passport to Style event. Each designer submitted looks to a panel of Fashion Industry insiders, who then selected fifteen finalists.

For the final round, the designs were displayed at local boutiques, where customers were able to chose the final three winners. (They also had their style "passports" stamped at each boutique!) The event concluded with an energetic runway show featuring collections by the fifteen finalists. Courtney Little was awarded first place, while Angela Saint Lauren took third place. --Kim

Images (from left to right): Dress by by Courtney Little, Dress by Angela Saint Laurent, Menswear by J.C. Olivas



FIDM Student Wins Hollywood Reporter's Publisher's Award

Dsc_4678 FIDM Graphic Design Student Sarah Neyhart won the highly coveted Publisher's Award at Hollywood Reporter's Key Art Student Awards reception held at the FIDM Museum & Galleries last night. Students from all over the United States, and as far away as Greece, took part in the magazine's competition which called for entrants to submit either a movie poster one-sheet or a movie trailer.

Knockedup_2Contestants were asked to choose from among the movies 300, Knocked Up, and Dreamgirls. Sarah's winning movie poster for the film Knocked Up clearly impressed Hollywood Reporter publisher Eric Mika (pictured above with Sarah). Sarah had the opportunity to go to college because, as she puts it,  "A complete stranger stepped in, got me through school, and completely changed my life to give me this opportunity."

Dsc_4659 In addition to winning the Publisher's Award, Sarah was one of three FIDM Students who were finalists in the Key Art Awards Student Competition. "Of the twelve finalists in the Trailer division, FIDM took two places and in the 'one sheet' or poster division, we took one spot among the twelve," reports FIDM Department Chair Marlene Morbitt-Dunn (also pictured with Sarah). Congratulations to Sarah as well as FIDM Digital Media Students Samantha Young and Michael Asmus!

All the one-sheet entries and trailers are on exhibit in the FIDM Museum and Galleries Tuesdays - Sundays from 10am-4pm through June 19th.  --Kim



Kim Helgeson Wins Award for Barbie Boutique

FIDM Merchandise Marketing Grad Kim Helgeson has been honored with an "Award of Merit" from the Institute of Store Planners/VM+SD (Visual Merchandising + Store Design) International Store Design Competition in the "New Store Specialty or Department Store" category for the "styled by me" Barbie shop at FAO Schwarz. Kim, also an instructor at FIDM, said she was excited to share the news with her students, "to help reinforce the wonderful possibilities FIDM can help them achieve!" Read our interview with Kim and find out more about the "style by me" Barbie boutique. --Kim



Yolanda Jackson Awarded Kennedy Center Internship

FIDM Graduate Yolanda Jackson has accepted one of 22 prestigious fall 2007 internships with the world-renowned John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. A 2007 cum laude graduate of FIDM’s Merchandise Product Development Program, Yolanda will gain hands-on experience interning in major gifts development, which secures annual gifts of $25,000 and greater. Her responsibilities will include working with donor stewardship, including preparing materials for donor correspondence and assisting in special event planning. --Kim



Smithsonian Legacy Award Gala Video Montage Featuring David Rodriguez

FIDM PROUDLY CONGRATULATES Fashion Designer David Rodriguez, a recipient of the Legacy Award from the prestigious Smithsonian Institute, which chooses a different Latin American country each year for their special exhibition and event. The FIDM Grad was honored along with other Mexican and Mexican-American artists in fields such as Architecture, Literature, Design, and Film. 

Best known for clothing celebs such as Kirsten Dunst, Eva Longoria, Heidi Klum, Carrie Underwood, and Oprah Winfrey and creating pieces for Friends, Sex and the City, and The Devil Wears Prada, Rodriguez also made Hispanic Business magazine's "100 Most Influential" list. Click on the image above to watch the Smithsonian's video montage on David. --Kim 



CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Finalists


The 10 finalists for this year’s CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund have been selected and FIDM Alumna Nunthirat Koi Suwannagate of the L.A.-based label Koi is among the illustrious group! She's in great company -- other finalists include Phillip Lim of 3.1 Phillip Lim; Scott Sternberg of Band of Outsiders; Erin Fetherston of Fetherston Design Group; Rogan Gregory of Rogan; Gabriel Asfour, Angela Donhauser and Adi Gil of Threeasfour; Lisa Mayock and Sophie Buhai of Vena Cava; Victoria Bartlett of VPL; Michael Bastian, and Philip Crangi of Philip Crangi Jewelry. Koi is pictured above (via

The winner of this prestigious award will be announced in November and will receive $200,000 to be used towards their designs and their company.Two runners-up will also received $50,000 each. Past honorees include the boys of Proenza Schouler, Trovata, Doo-Ri Chung, Thakoon, Rodarte, and Jeff Halmos. Their work will also be featured in Vogue!



Style Scoop Q&A: Footwear Designer Beth Macias

Beth FIDM Fashion Design Student Beth Macias is busy doing more than homework this quarter. She was just awarded the Grand Prize in Steve Madden's Art + Sole Shoe Design Contest and her winning design will be featured in Steve's new fall line! From a beloved cult film to her dream fashion purchase, get the scoop on Beth's favorites in FashionClub's latest Q&A. --Kim



FIDM Student Wins Grand Prize in Steve Madden Shoe Design Contest

FIDM Student Beth Macias is the Grand Prize Winner of Steve Madden's Art+Sole Shoe Design Contest! Beth's ultra-cute flat, pictured above, will be featured in Steve's new fall line. When asked about FIDM's impact on her big win, she revealed, "I think the time spent putting everything (seriously EVERYTHING) into your designs gives you a certain confidence about what you're creating and I don't know that I really had that before. You're not going to spend an entire Sunday locked up in your room finishing a collection on Illustrator just to feel so-so about your designs. It's kind of all or nothing." Well, Beth's hard work certainly paid off and we can't wait to see what this footwear aficionado will design next!

FIDM Grad Irene (Yi Ning) Hsu also received special recognition from Steve for her funky and fabulous boot design. Read all about it here. --Kim



FIDM Student and Grad Among 5 Finalists in Steve Madden Design Contest


Last week we shared the news that FIDM Footwear Design Grad Irene Hsu is one of the finalists in Steve Madden's Art+Sole Competition. Turns out that FIDM Student Beth Macias is also among the five finalists chosen by Steve himself! The winning design will be featured in Steve Madden's fall line. Check out Beth's design and vote today! --Kim



FIDM Students Win "Hollywood Reporter" Competition

We're thrilled to announce that FIDM Digital Media Student Meme Ellis was awarded FIRST PLACE in theKeyart Hollywood Reporter Key Art Awards Student Competition's audiovisual category for her Brokeback Mountain trailer (above). Explains Meme, "I chose Brokeback Mountain because I knew from the start that it would be a complete challenge for me.  The film itself is so beautiful, raw, and subtle." She continues, "It's very gratifying to know that my hard work has been appreciated. The Key Art Awards brings so much opportunity to students like me, and for that, I am so grateful!"   

Mwong_walktheline_2 FIDM Graphic Design Student Melissa Wong, who won SECOND PLACE  in the print category for her Walk the Line movie poster, says of the Key Art Awards, "Being a finalist is such a surreal feeling, especially since the caliber of work from all the schools is so high. I feel fortunate to be a part of a competition that represents student work in a real-life industry of Entertainment and Marketing. It is an honor to be recognized and I'm proud to have represented FIDM in this competition." --Kim

More Info

* Read an article about the awards on the Hollywood Reporter website.
* Watch more movie trailers by FIDM Students
* Learn about FIDM's Digital Media and Graphic Design programs.
* Read our earlier post on the Hollywood Reporter Key Art Awards Reception.



FIDM Alumni Honored for Making a Difference

Labusiness_journal Not one but two FIDM Graduates were honored for their achievements in business as well as their outstanding work in the community at a recent luncheon sponsored by the L.A. Business JournalVani Kumar and June Durr were among the 200 nominees for the 16th Annual Women Making a Difference Award.

Vani Kumar, an Apparel Manufacturing Management Grad, is owner of the Suit Closet, a boutique specializing in women’s suits.  “I thank FIDM.  The professors are in the industry and they taught me that I have to find a niche.  I wanted something more than another retail store.”

June Durr
received her degree in Merchandise Marketing.  “I really give accolades to FIDM for establishing the high level of excellence that makes everybody want to achieve it and reach it and keep it, because it does make a difference!” --Angel



FIDM Grads Win Prestigious Design Awards

Moniquefall2006_1Actress Michelle Trachtenberg presented FIDM Grad Monique Lhuillier with the Wells Fargo Century Fashion Achievement Award at the 2006 L.A. Fashion Awards. Monique has designed gowns for many of Hollywood's most well-known celebrities, including Angelina Jolie and Britney Spears.  Her designs have been featured in W, In Style, Modern Bride, and Elle.

FIDM Grad David Cardona took home the Marketing Excellence Award, presented by Ron Herman.

FIDM Grad and FIDM Instructor Nick Verreos of Bravo's Project Runway: Season 2 and the fashion line Nikolaki, was among the notable presenters at the award show.

Award nominees included FIDM Grad Corinne Grassini.

* Find out more about the 2006 L.A. Fashion Awards.(Article)

* Visit FIDM's Video Gallery to watch "Here Comes the Bride"  for some highlights from Monique's exciting career. (Video)

* Read Monique's bio in Alumni In Focus. (Article)

* Read David Cardona's bio in Alumni In Focus. (Article)

* Read about Nick Verreos and other FIDM Grads from Project Runway: Season 2. (Article)

Image: A dress from Monique Lhuillier's Fall 2006 collection

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