Name: Rodrigo Navarrete
Hometown: San Miguel, El Salvador
Previous College: Escuela de Comunicación Mónica Herrera (Santa Tecla, El Salvador)
FIDM Major: Fashion Design
FIDM Campus and Start Date: Los Angeles Campus, Summer 2015
Admissions Advisor: Shirley McDonald
How did your advisor help with the process? Since the beginning, Shirley helped with everything. I am very thankful to her because without her ongoing assistance, my dream of entering to FIDM wouldn’t have been possible. She showed me the OC campus, and I attended the free sketch class that FIDM offers on Saturdays.
Tell us a bit about yourself. I enjoy dancing for long hours; there is nothing like connecting my body with the beat of the music. I like meeting people from different backgrounds and love learning about new cultures as everyone has a different story that can be inspiring. I’m always smiling and like being surrounded by happy people. Right after high school, I moved to Canada for one year to learn English and love being independent. My biggest inspiration are my parents as I wouldn’t be where I am without their support, but I also wouldn’t be here without my uncle and aunt who have adopted me as a son.
What are your proudest accomplishments so far? Getting accepted to FIDM, my dream school. Prior to moving to the U.S., I finished an undergraduate degree in Communications integrated to Marketing in El Salvador, which made me feel accomplished and rewarded as I know that having this degree will help me down the road as I continue paving the road of my dreams.
What made FIDM right for you? FIDM offers everything I need for my career in fashion design. From the curriculum to the best professors and the experiences I will carry with me for the rest of my life, there isn’t any other institution that could offer me a well-round program. I am very excited about the classes, the projects, the people I’ll be meeting, and mentors whose experience will be of great value for my career.
Describe your entrance project. For my project I had to do six sketches and one inspiration board. The inspiration board came to life from my visit to San Francisco as I find the architecture of certain buildings in the city very inspirational for their clean lines and minimalistic aesthetics. The colors that I chose were based on paintings from two Salvadoran local artists. I enjoyed doing this project as I had the opportunity to mix contrasting worlds, and different locations, into one idea.
What are your career goals? Ultimately, I’d like to be staging my own runway shows to showcase my collections for the contemporary woman. I also want to mentor aspiring designers as a way to give back and share my knowledge with newer generations.
What do you expect to learn at FIDM? I expect to challenge and push myself outside my comfort zone in order to achieve the best results. I know that FIDM has the tools to get me to the next level and I am confident this experience will be enriching and I can’t wait to see the final outcome of this new endeavor.