Name: Christina Walker
Hometown: Wilmington, N.C.
Major: Merchandise Marketing
What do you love about attending FIDM? My experience here at FIDM has been a miracle that I worked long and hard on manifesting. As an older student, I had the opportunity to gain experience in the industry while dabbling in community college before I discovered the call to further my knowledge in fashion. I know that in this lifetime I have massive plans I will accomplish, and I reached a point where in order to do so I needed the very best education I could get that was also in a place where I could optimize my networking opportunities.
It didn't take long before I realized the next chapter of my life would be written in L.A., and specifically, at FIDM. Within a few months of classes I earned a position as Fashion Director of MODE, built some incredible friendships, and began feeding my insatiable hunger for everything fashion.
We hear you are interning with FIDM Grad, style expert, and celebrity stylist Lindsay Albanese. How did your internship come about? I actually found my internship through a Facebook post. The contact who had posted about the position with Lindsay was actually a connection I had made at a workshop, The Styling Institute, in which I was awarded admission to FIDM. After a quick email exchange and phone interview with Lindsay, I quickly realized she was exactly the person I needed to work with and learn from.
What is it like working for a celebrity stylist? Working for a celebrity stylist was an actual dream of mine, and I still oftentimes have to take a moment and realize that I made it happen. To say that my job is cool would be a supreme understatement. Just the other day I was in the styling studio organizing Charlotte Olympia clutches, color coordinating pieces from BCBG's Fall Runway collection, and classifying Vita Fede bangles--I have actual hands-on experience with some of the most delicious labels in our industry. I also had the opportunity to work on the set of E! News' style segments as well as visual merchandise the set for Lindsay's YouTube channel, Lindsay's Latest, where you'll find her weekly style videos.
Working with Lindsay is a very aspirational experience for me because she is truly a happy, bubbly person while still maintaining her total self-made, "girl boss" persona. She accomplishes this by being very direct, clear, and unafraid to voice her opinion in any and all circumstances. This strength and confidence is perhaps what I admire most in her, and what I strive to translate into my own business repertoire in the future.
What are your career goals? In the immediate future, I plan to continue assisting Lindsay Albanese in building her brand and being her right-hand gal on photo shoots, film sets, and daily tasks involved in the styling world. I will also pursue a position under the Conde Nast umbrella at Glamour working as an assistant to the West Coast Editor. My future is so bright and I will be forever grateful to FIDM for polishing and equipping me with all the tools I need to tackle and pursue any desire I set my mind to.
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