Internships

Feb

25
2014

Beauty Student's Internship at GLAMGLOW Becomes a Full-Time Job

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When Beauty Industry Merchandising & Marketing Student Louie Lopez moved to California from New York City he wasn't sure if he would find success. But thanks to a little help from FIDM, he acquired an internship with GLAMGLOW, and seven weeks later, he was hired as a full-time Product Marketing Coordinator at the beauty brand. 

Louie, who will be graduating from FIDM this year, says, "I am most excited about being offered the position before I even finished school. I feel very honored that they recognize my hard work and wanted to grab me before I eneded up with another company. I look forward to a long and exciting career in beauty." 

Feb

24
2014

Beauty Student's Internship Turns Into a Job at Josie Maran Cosmetics

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Name: Rachelle Pons

Major: Beauty Industry Merchandising & Marketing 

Graduating: June 2014

Company: Josie Maran Cosmetics 

Job Title: Social Media/PR Assistant

How did your new job come about? I was at a trend show and was networking with Smashbox Cosmetics for an internship. The company was taking a while to contact me back and I'm a very impatient person, so I went to my Major Director and she gave me a contact at Josie Maran Cosmetics. I went into the interview and was offered an internship that day. Now, after nine months at the company, I am a Social Media/Public Relations Assistant and happier than ever. 

What are your responsibilities? Each day changes, but some staples of what I do are competitive analysis, answer interviews, work with bloggers/vloggers, keep the social media accounts updated, work with products, send outs, campaign ideas, and event planning, but the list goes on and on. 

What are you most excited about? Everything I do is exciting and a learning process. I think the most exciting thing I cannot wait for is when I graduate, I will be a full time Public Relations Coordinator. Working in the field I want and in the specific section I've always dreamed about is a dream and I have to thank to my mentor and boss, Taryn Aronson, who is also a graduate of FIDM. 

Feb

12
2014

FIDM Student Ren Leach to Intern at Aleph Surf International in South Africa This Summer

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Ren Leach is studying Merchandise Product Development on FIDM’s Orange County campus. She is pursuing a career in the surf and skate industry, and this summer she’s going to South Africa for an internship at Aleph Surf International.

"At the end of this upcoming June, I'll be heading to Jeffreys Bay, South Africa to work with Aleph for five months. I'll be working with the local kids and their families to help restore their local communities. Aleph is designed to work with the kids through recreational sports, like surfing and skating. It's going to be rad as well because I get to work with Vanessa Van Zyl, a grad from FIDM, in the factory where they employ the kids' parents with jobs to support their families. Vanessa and her husband, Rehgert, run Aleph. It'll be really sick because I get to use what I learned at FIDM while I'm in South Africa. I'm so blessed and excited that I get to work with some incredibly caring and creative people as well as make a positive impact in the lives of children."

Read the entire interview with Ren Leach on FIDM's FashionClub.com.

Feb

06
2014

Recent Alumna Hired as Design Assistant at Nicole Hollis Interior Design

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Recent Interior Design Alumna Sophia Seiden interned with Nicole Hollis Interior Design during her last quarter at FIDM San Francisco. After interviewing with the principal designer at the end of November and receiving an offer in December, Sophia is thrilled to announce that she was hired as a Design Assistant.

"I'm so happy that FIDM offers students an extensive platform to find internships that result in actual jobs," says the December 2013 Grad. "I am in my second week of work and absolutely loving it. I'm excited that I'm getting the opportunity to work with both residential and hospitality design."

Dec

11
2013

Recent Jewelry Design Alumna Interning for Michael Kors (Interview)

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Name: Leigh Sandusky

Major: Jewelry Design 

Grad Year: I finished the program at the end of September 2013; my formal graduation will be in June 2014 at the Staples Center.

Job Title/Responsibilities: I am currently a Jewelry Design Intern for Michael Kors. I create detailed jewelry designs; some of the designs I created went into sampling for Fall and Holiday 2014.  These designs are being approved right now by Michael Kors to go into production. I contribute ideas for jewelry to the design team and design jewelry renderings on Illustrator to present to buyers and higher-ups to go into production.  

I also create design mechanical and color way drawings on Illustrator to send to the factories to be sampled for future collections. I do a lot of trend researching and organization of the Michael Kors jewelry archives.

How did FIDM help prepare you for this job? Attending FIDM for Jewelry Design was one of the best things I have ever done. I have been given many opportunities and I would not be where I am today, in my career, if I had not attended FIDM.  The Jewelry Design Program at FIDM is amazing, specifically because the Jewelry Studio is located in the heart of the Jewelry District, exposing the jewelry students to industry professionals. 

I actually got my first part-time job because I was Downtown in the Jewelry District and I was carrying a FIDM bag. I was a Jewelry Design Intern at 1928, and four of my designs went into production. FIDM helped me refine my skills as a designer, the faculty assisted me in preparing for interviews and with my resume, and the college has helped me create an impressive portfolio.

Our final project in the Jewelry Program is Sample Case. This is an opportunity for us to create and show samples of our work throughout the time we spent at FIDM. Now I have beautiful samples to show my future employer when I go on an interview. 

What are your ultimate career goals? Right now I am fresh out of school and I would like to get my feet wet. I would like to design for a brand or a company for awhile and gain experience, and have a better understanding of how the industry and the design process works. I would like to make it to be a Senior Designer for a reputable brand/company. I also think it's important to keep my creativity going by working on my own designs as a side project, while I have a stable job designing for a company.

Dec

04
2013

FIDM's JustFab Dress Contest Winner Ashley Henderson is Hired at JustFab Corporate Office

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FIDM Fashion Design Grad Ashley Henderson won the JustFab Dress Contest at FIDM, and was awarded an internship at the online retailer's headquarters in El Segundo. The company hired her when her internship came to an end, and she's now an Assistant Designer in the Fabletics department.

Name: Ashley Henderson

FIDM Major: Fashion Design

FIDM Grad Year: 2013

Company: JustFab

Title: Assistant Designer

Tell us a little about yourself: I'm a Southern California girl, born and raised. I've been an honor roll student my whole life. I come from a HUGE family, all full of unique characters...haha! There was never a dull moment growing up. I feel so blessed to come from a family that supports and encourages us to achieve our dreams. I am the more shy siblling out of the 5 of us. Oh, and I love Betty Boop.

Where are you working now and what do you do? I am an assistant to the Fabletics designers at the JustFab corporate office. I put together line sheets, create technical flats, and organize the samples that are stored away so that it's easier to find things when needed again. They give me design projects to do on my own and present to them, ship out merchandise, email and call people, schedule meetings—the list goes on! 

Tell us about the JustFab Dress Design Contest that you won: I WAS EXTREMELY SHOCKED! I created three dresses, and the one they picked was an asymmetrical, deep plunging, wrap dress in a royal blue color—easy to wear and great for all body types! I was literally the last person to turn in my application. I know this because I had classes that day and I had to go turn it in after class. When I went to turn them in, the office was closed! So I had to go to another floor and see if someone could get my application to the right people. I was unsure if my project even made it on time and I really had no idea what they were going to think. I was just happy that I took a risk by even doing the project, because it is so easy to get consumed by school work. After I turned it in, I was satisfied knowing that I had at least tried; I had no expectations of being a finalist. So I was in complete shock when I got that email and I ran around the house screaming and jumping lol.

Tell us about the JustFab internship that you had before you were hired full-time: The internship was a lot of fun, I started off with just a lot of organizing and research tasks that both the Fabletics and the denim designers would give me. I would also put together inspiration boards, create technical flats, and keep the design wall updated with the most current design ideas that they put together. I would also do printouts for scheduled meetings. The whole team is full of funny, smart, welcoming, and creative people. They gave (well, STILL give) a lot of amazing advice and pointers so that I gain as much experience as possible as I enter into the fashion industry. They made me feel a part of the family very quickly! I learned so much and so quickly from all of them, I already feel like I've grown so much here.

How did you feel when you were hired full-time? I was nervous at first. I knew that my internship was coming to an end, but I really wanted to stay. I was so excited to hear that they wanted to keep me.

How do you feel FIDM prepared you for what you are doing now? FIDM has definitely helped me a lot. Obviously, I wouldn't even be here if it wasn't for that dress contest they put together! But besides that, the skills that were taught in my classes, such as how to do technical sketches, how to measure correctly, how to sew, how to put together line sheets and collections, and much more, are all skills that are ESSENTIAL in the fashion industry. It all contributed to me landing the job.

How did you find out about FIDM? In high school, I did my own research and looked up fashion schools in LA and came across FIDM. And then they actually ended up coming to my high school for college day!

How did you decide on your major? I really loved the art classes that I took in middle school and high school, like ceramics, jewlery design, graphics, and computer design. I realized I love to work with my hands and to design stuff, so one day I decided I wanted to design and make clothes.

Looking back, which classes at FIDM were most valuable to you? Computer Aided Fashion Design I & II, all the Pattern Making, Draping, and Garment Construction classes, Textile Science, Fashion History, and The Business of Fashion.

Any advice for current FIDM Students? Get involved! Participate in extra things like contests because you never know what could happen. Take advantage of those "volunteers wanted" opportunities on the website to help out at tradeshows, fashion shows, etc. At first, I didn't realize the importance of it, but it really is because you meet a lot of people who are experienced in the fashion industry and can help you. Don't get consumed by just doing your homework. Listen to what your teachers are ALWAYS telling you—to take advantage of FIDM's resources, including talking to your advisors.

What is your biggest goal right now? My biggest goal is to work as a designer under a well known and successful company, and then eventually branch out and have my own brand. I also want to gain experience in the fashion industry by traveling!

Nov

12
2013

FIDM Merchandise Product Development Grad at Disney Stores

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Noelle Barrett, 2012 Merchandise Product Development grad, loves her new position at Disney Stores. She took the time to tell us about it.

What is your title and what do you do?

I am Assistant Buyer for Disney Stores. That means I comp shop to compare our products with competitors, and manage range plan updates, item setup, and PO creation for the company database.

Did FIDM help you find the job?

Yes, I found the job posted on the FIDM Career Network. Also the faculty at FIDM is so great, whenever I needed help, they were eager to assist.

Why did you choose Merchandise Product Development?

I was able to learn about both the business and creative sides of the industry. The fast pace at FIDM prepared me for the real world.

Did you do any internships at design college?

Yes, for my last one, I was a Visual Merchandising Intern for Versace.

Want to share future plans?

Ultimately, I believe that FIDM played a major role in getting me where I am today. I am very happy where I am, and eager to see where the road takes me.

Nov

07
2013

Merchandise Marketing Student Ida-Sofia Koivuniemi Talks About Shop.org Conference and FactoryLA Internship

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Name: Ida-Sofia Koivuniemi

FIDM Major: Merchandise Marketing

Tell us a little about yourself: I was originally born in Finland, and spent the majority of my childhood growing up in Michigan! I came to Los Angeles from a small town, and while it was a huge transition, it has been a very rewarding one. I have gained so much experience here and am thankful every day that I decided to come to FIDM. I am currently in my last quarter of my A.A., and will be continuing on with my Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management.

Tell us about your experience at the SHOP.org conference in Chicago: The SHOP.org conference in Chicago was an extremely interesting and wonderful experience. During the student program I took advantage of the opportunity to listen to retail executives talk about why they love their jobs and what qualities they look for in candidates. I also learned about many retail jobs I did not even know existed! The whole SHOP.org conference really opened my eyes as to how big retail actually is, and how much more goes into it than people may think. One thing that really stood out was a presentation by Tory Burch executives. It really taught me how much effort each brand puts into their work and how seriously they think about their audience before pursuing any sort of marketing plan. Also, meeting the CEO of Uncommon Goods was a great experience. He was so humble and family-oriented and it truly made me realize the importance of working under someone who shares similar values to you.

How did you hear about FIDM and what made you decide to go here? I originally heard about FIDM through my marketing class in high school. I went to a high school that was very active in DECA, so FIDM was promoted through DECA at my school. My main reason for deciding to come to FIDM was because of their great connections in the industry. They made me feel really confident about my future in the fashion industry and they have not let me down!

Do you have an internship? I am a marketing assistant/intern at FactoryLA, a new retailer/showroom/incubator that opened in Downtown Los Angeles in recent months. We work exclusively with designers who manufacture here in Los Angeles, in hopes to eventually bring more jobs to our wonderful city! Because we are a multi-faceted company, I get to see so many sides of the business. I handle a lot of our social media marketing and any other send outs we create and promote. I also assist with their events. No day is the same—really! It's a great job and I am learning so much and could not work for a better company or boss. 

How did you choose your major? My decision on what major to choose was pretty simple. I had been an active member of DECA in high school and it was there that I realized I really had a knack for marketing. Merchandise Marketing was the perfect blend between fashion and marketing for me.

What is your favorite class so far and why? My favorite classes so far have been my trend forecasting classes. They really introduced me to a side of the industry I never truly realized existed... at least in such a big way! They were very eye opening classes and taught me so much about the fashion industry. They were also very fun! All of the projects really brought the class to life.

What are your career goals and how is FIDM helping you get there? My career goal is to eventually become a marketing director or CMO of a fashion company. FIDM has provided me with so many connections to help me get there. I am so happy to have had the opportunity to work and intern during school and gain that experience that is so necessary in the real world. I think FIDM has really taught me to be an outstanding candidate for jobs, and have no doubt that in time I will find the perfect job for me that will lead to my ultimate career goals.

What advice do you have for someone thinking about going to FIDM? If you're serious about wanting a career in fashion, this is the school for you. It's a lot of work, but in a good way. You will love what you do and look forward to hearing what your teachers have to say. And ultimately, you will end up doing what you love for the rest of your life!

Anything else you’d like to share? School is as rewarding and exciting as you make it out to be. Do not be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and do something that scares you—that's where the magic happens!

Oct

14
2013

MPD Alumna Is Assistant Designer at GUESS (Interview)

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Merchandise Product Development Alumna Kelsey Farrer, who transferred to FIDM from NYU, has an exciting career as an Assistant Designer at GUESS, where she started as an intern while in college.

How did you end up transferring to FIDM? As crazy as it sounds, GUESS was the reason that I applied to FIDM. After a year of studying Media & Communications at NYU, I wound up shadowing the design team at GUESS, Inc. I had no idea what went into the design process, but always a fashion-obsessed photographer and fine artist, I saw my life flash before my eyes when I first stepped into their design room.

From the intricate mood boards and color palettes to the perfectly rendered sketches that hung upon the walls, I instantly knew that I had to be a part of the design process. After a week of shadowing the talented designers behind the GUESS label, I immediately set up my interview at FIDM, and went on to transfer out of NYU and into FIDM for the upcoming Fall quarter.

How did your internship at GUESS come about and what were your responsibilities there? After a year of hard work at FIDM, I found myself on the Denim Study Tour with the Premier Product Development Group, and once again, in the design room at GUESS. That's when I decided to apply for the Summer 2012 internship program. During my internship I learned more that I ever could have imagined. It was such an amazing experience being able to apply what I had learned in the classroom to my projects in the office, and vice versa.

I was lucky enough to get a very well-rounded experience as an intern, from helping develop mood boards and color palettes, to sketching and CAD rendering, to helping with various design categories including knits, dresses, and denim. I would create trend boards, set up tech packs, and develop seasonal line packets which included mood, color, and key looks for each season.

How did you transition to being an Assistant Designer? What is your role? After a year as the women's design intern, and upon my graduation from FIDM, I decided that it was time to take the next step in my career and finally become an Assistant Designer. The timing could not have been better. Just as I was making my transition, a new concept team was developed, called "Guess What's Next?" I immediately knew that I wanted to be a part of the concept team, which creates the seasonal mood, color, trend, and print stories.

As the Trend Assistant Designer, I have been working with the Director of Concept as well as the Chief Design Officer, to build the story for Fall 2014. Each day has been a little different, which keeps things extremely exciting. With a constant flow of in depth trend research and pulling from trend forecasting books, online trend services, hundreds of magazines, blogs, street style, as well as shopping and inspiration trips, we have been building our mood boards and color palettes for the season.

I have also been responsible for meeting with print vendors, sending out colors for lab dips, getting the color dips approved and named, and of course, keeping my team and the design team updated on whats trending and hot right now.

How did FIDM help prepare you for your career? Upon enrolling into FIDM, I began working interning with various companies so that I could get a feel for every side of the industry, and I found the Career Center to be a key part of my experience at FIDM. From working at showrooms and seeing the sales and buying aspect to interning for stylist Taylor Jacobson, my experiences were all over the map. The school has so much to offer, including the most incredible and inspirational instructors, but you really have to put in the effort if you want to succeed, because it is a lot of work!

I love that the instructors have such strict standards on deadlines and presentations, because it really does reflect the industry. I also loved that there were opportunities to go on study tours because it was such an amazing experience to be able to see what the inside of all of the companies' headquarters looked like, and to really start understanding how each job in the design process works.

Sep

06
2013

FIDM Alumna Marisa Giraudo Lands Internship at Athleta in the Bay Area

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Marisa Giraudo graduated from FIDM with a Merchandise Product Development degree and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management. She’s now interning at Athleta in the Bay Area, working with the Merchandising Accessory team.

"I was informed about the position at Athleta through my FIDM Career Advisor and former teacher, Jim Masciocchi. At Athleta, I assist with the Merchandising Accessory team. We determine the final assortment or collection of accessories and footwear from both third party vendors and Athleta branded merchandise. I personally help coordinate all the accessory samples with vendors, stylists, and the retail visual and web teams. I am pretty much working with several different departments at all times, which is pretty cool."

Read the entire interview with Marisa Giraudo on FIDM's FashionClub.com.

Sep

05
2013

FIDM Student Nicole Guerboian Lands Design Internship at Guess Inc.

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With FIDM Degrees in Merchandise Product Development and International Manufacturing & Product Development, Nicole Guerboian is currently earning her Bachelor of Science in Business Management Degree on the Los Angeles campus and interning on the design team at Guess Inc.

"I came fully prepared with samples of my work from IMPD along with hard copies of my past design collections. It is so beneficial to practice and be prepared for interview questions, which can be unpredictable at times. Thankfully, I didn’t have to wait too long for a call back, because I was offered the job within two days."

Read the entire interview with Nicole Guerboian on FashionClub.com.

Aug

12
2013

New MPD Graduate Is a Paid Intern at Fossil (Interview)

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New Merchandise Product Development Graduate Tshaia Edwards recently began a three-month, paid internship at Fossil. We recently caught up with her to get the details.

How did this internship come about?
 
I was contacted by Kevin Keele that a new paid internship had come about, but it would require me to move to Texas for three months, and that I should apply for the position especially since it was for product development. Kevin knows that I am always looking for an internship or job that would allow me to relocate since I have no problem doing so. On my bucket list I have to live in every major city around the world so this would be number three.

What are your roles and responsibilities? I was hired as a product development intern at Fossil for Fossil Watch and Jewelry, which I started in July. I will be working under my Product Managers, working with the product development and design teams. Some of my responsibilities will be researching current and future fashion trends, competitive research and analysis, preparing presentations, and assisting in production work.

What else have you been up to since graduating? Well after I graduated in March, I pretty much just caught up on the hours of sleep I missed and traveled, but if offered a permanent position or to extend my contract as an intern at Fossil I would completely relocate myself to Texas.

Jul

23
2013

Current MPD Student Goes to Milan With Thom Browne

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Merchandise Product Development Student Lance Jubel recently returned from New York where he was interning for the acclaimed designer Thom Browne.

How did your internship with Thom Browne come about? I was attending FIDM last year at the LA campus, but knew I wanted to eventually work in New York. My internship came about by word of mouth. I was put in contact from a friend at Barneys New York. I first did an informational interview with Brody, the Sales Director, over the phone. From there, I told him I would be coming out to New York the following month to interview at a few places and would love to meet him. When there, I guess you could say we had an informal interview over coffee.

What were your day-to-day responsibilities? My responsibilities at Thom Browne were that of an account executive. I would stay in contact with buyers, conduct sales reports, product knowledge meetings at stores, write orders, and fulfill reorders when needed.

What were the highlights working for a top designer? It was a great opportunity to learn under the Thom Browne crew. Working for a smaller company enabled me to interact with many different people and not just do the same task day in and day out like most do while at larger companies. My favorites memories would have to be meeting Thom Browne, going to Milan for their Pre-Fall sales campaign and writing orders with buyers, and meeting people within the industry while living in New York.

Tell us  more about going to Milan. Milan was one of the best experiences I've had. I learned a tremendous amount and it was interesting to see buyers from around the world come in and write orders. Seeing how some pieces in Asia would be very popular while American buyers would buy a complete different assortment. Since then, I've had the opportunity to go to Florence and Paris as well. I can't stress enough about meeting people and making connections. I always say, that random person standing next to you in the elevator could someday get you a job, you never know.

What are your plans after graduating? After FIDM I plan to move to New York. My main priority is to work for someone whom I share common interests with. I want to be passionate for the clothing I will be putting on each morning and repping.

Photo Credit: Youngjun Koo for GQ

Jun

13
2013

Student Presents Case Study Vera Wang Footwear Designs to Brown Shoe Company

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Footwear Design Student Esther Chung, who will be graduating next weekend, is currently working full time as the Design Supervisor at SWYT Culture, a women and children’s footwear company. Her role involves designing and developing each collection as well as the creation of PR/Marketing graphics. We recently caught up with Esther to learn about her path to this exciting career.

Tell us a little bit about yourself. I’m 24, born and raised in Southern California. My interest in footwear began a bit spontaneously while I was traveling in Asia. Being exposed to fashion in different cultures opened my eyes to the possibilities of design and somehow gave me the epiphany that I wanted to design shoes. Although I have always been interested in different forms of art I found that designing for shoes brought the most creativity out of me and was worth pursuing as a career path. 

Did you have any previous college experience before FIDM? I have a BA in Film and TV from New York University.

How did you decide FIDM was the right college for you? FIDM stood out to me for its Footwear Design major.  I wanted to apply to a program that I knew would challenge me and give me the intensive training that I was looking for. I had insecurities about going back to school in the beginning, especially since I had no drawing experience, but I knew I was passionate about footwear and would fully commit to it.  

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How did you decide to apply to the Footwear program? I did a lot of research before applying and was really inspired by alumni testimonials and the work they produced during school. I wanted to get to that level and learn from professionals in the industry.

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What was your favorite experience in the program? Presenting our Vera Wang Collections to Brown Shoe Company. Yes, preparing for this presentation involved many stress-ridden days, but I found that those weeks really pushed me to grow as a designer and create work that I was proud of. And of course the Italy trip was an amazing, eye opening experience to the production side of footwear.

Did FIDM help you land your internship/job? Yes. In my first week of the Footwear program, I visited Kevin Keele in the Career Center where he gave me SWYT Culture’s job lead for a paid internship. Thank you, Kevin, if you are reading this!

The Footwear Design Advanced Study Major is now accepting applications for the program that begins Oct 2013. Please contact Kathy Bailon at [email protected] or Denise Delgado at [email protected] for more information.

May

31
2013

FIDM Student Lizzy Singleton Lands Internship at TOMS

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Lizzy Singleton, a Merchandise Product Development student on the Los Angeles campus, just landed an internship at TOMS

"I will be working in the textile department. Some of my responsibilities include organizing the materials library, communicating with the TOMS China materials team, creating seasonal material range plans and artwork for designs, and doing competitor research. I think it will be a job that uses all of my strengths and abilities, and pushes me to become even better at what I do."

Lizzy has also been accepted into FIDM's Advanced Study Footwear Design program for Fall 2013.

Read the entire interview with Lizzy on FIDM's FashionClub.com.

May

07
2013

Film & TV Costume Design Student Lauren Howard is Finalist for ATAS Internship

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FIDM Film & TV Costume Design Student Lauren Howard is one of four finalists selected for the prestigious annual internship for the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation for Costume Design for 2013. Lauren was chosen out of a field of forty submissions as judged by members of the Costume Designers Guild, making 2013 the fifth consecutive year a student from FIDM has been part of the final four.  In three of the four previous years our students won the internship, and we wish Lauren the best of luck in winning this year's competition! 

Photo Caption: Lauren Howard with her Lacoste design, which she created for Lacoste's "polo shirt of the future" competition

Apr

19
2013

Alumni Advice: WGSN Assistant Editor Chris Tsuyuki

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Chris Tsuyuki graduated from FIDM in 2011 with a degree in Merchandise Product Development, and is now an Assistant Editor at WGSN, a major fashion trend forecasting publication in the industry.

Her advice for someone who want to become a trend forecaster?

"Intern, intern, intern. School is important but job experience is invaluable. Ask questions, be observant and go beyond the bare minimum that is asked of you. I interned with an independent designer for the year that I was at FIDM, which gave me hands-on experience with the design process, from mood boards, fabric sourcing, line development, and fit sessions to New York Fashion Week, meetings with buyers, shooting the lookbook, managing press, and shipping orders. Specifically for trend forecasting, it’s important to be observant and it’s not enough to just know fashion. Educating yourself and keeping up to date with art, music, technology, science, social, economic trends, along with knowing fashion and design history, is paramount. All these things feed into and influence apparel trends." - Chris Tsuyuki

Alumni Advice is a new series on the FIDM Blog featuring advice from FIDM Grads on everything from internships and FIDM resources to networking and risk-taking.

Apr

13
2013

MPD Student Designed Prototypes for Steve Madden During Internship

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With the help of Career Advisor Eliza Kitsinian, Merchandise Product Development Student Jennifer Carrick recently interned at 3 Dee International, where she researched the latest trends and created a shopping and trend analysis for the spring/summer 2014 season.

"I used my trend and shopping reports to sketch some footwear design ideas for Steve Madden," explains Jennifer, who will graduate in September. "My design ideas were selected and approved, a prototype was constructed, and then the design specs were submitted to the manufacturer as a prospective shoe design for next year."

Jennifer said that seeing her design come to life was "like a dream" and that she will never forget the experience. "It gives me the extra motivation to keep striving to be a footwear designer and one day develop my own shoe line," she adds.

Mar

27
2013

JustFab Dress Contest Winners Announced!

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FIDM and JustFab are thrilled to announce the winners of the JustFab Dress Contest. Six FIDM Students were asked to design a dress inspired by a JustFab shoe. The creations were then voted on by fans of the JustFab Facebook Page.

First Place: Fashion Design Student Ashley Henderson (design pictured above)

Second Place: Fashion Design Student Carol Wong

Third Place/Fan Favoite: Merchandise Product Development Student Ria Daniels

Ashley will receive a $1,000 FIDM scholarship and an internship with JustFab!

Mar

15
2013

New FIDM Industry Partner St. Pucchi Bridal Hires Grads and Students

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New FIDM Industry Partner St. Pucchi Bridal recently hired Fashion Design Graduate Melinda Iler and Apparel Industry Management Alumna Rebecca Evans. The bridal brand also recently hired a FIDM Student for an internship. President and designer Rani Totman founded the avant-garde couture line in 1985. Today, St. Pucchi gowns are available throughout North America, Russia, the Middle East, Japan, the United Kingdom, and Ireland.

Mar

08
2013

FIDM Grads and Assistant Buyers at Love Culture Visit FIDM Students

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Love Culture Assistant Buyers and FIDM Alumni Tammie Jeon and Anne Kitagawa visited FIDM yesterday to speak with students in the Premier Merchandise Product Development Group. They gave an overview of what it's like to work as a Stylist and an Assistant Buyer for a big retailer such as Love Culture.

Tammie Jeon graduated with a Merchandise Product Development Degree in 2012, and started her career at Love Culture's downtown Los Angeles headquarters in Visual Merchandising. She soon transitioned into a position as a Stylist and an Assistant Buyer for the retail chain. She gave excellent insight into what hard work it is to be a stylist. She is responsible for hiring models, as well as styling each head-to-toe look for the site. They shoot 150 styles in a 6 1/2 hour time period, and they produce an average of 4 photo shoots a week.

Tammie said she learned a lot about how to best manage her time in the MPD program, which is a great skill to have for any career in fashion.

Anne Kitagawa, a 2011 FIDM Fashion Design Alumna, knew ever since she was a child that she wanted to attend FIDM. She started at Love Culture as an intern, and once her internship was finished, she was hired full-time to work in Visual Merchandising. After two years, she was brought onto the accessories department as an Assistant Buyer. Anne advised the students, "Internships really help, even if you're not getting paid. Jut getting the experience makes it worth it."

FIDM's Premier Merchandise Product Development Group has special access to guest speakers and networking opportunities throughout the year. Academically superior students qualify to join this exclusive group.

Feb

27
2013

FIDM Student Johauna Mani Interns For FIDM Alumna and PLL Costume Designer Mandi Line

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Washington state native Johauna Mani is pursuing a career as a costume designer in the entertainment industry. She is studying Visual Communications on the Los Angeles campus, interns for FIDM Alumna and Pretty Little Liars Costume Designer Mandi Line, and has a full-time job as a manager at a restaurant, all while maintaining a 3.8 GPA.

"I interned first for Rachel Zoe but realized that the world of styling photoshoots was not for me. While there, I started wondering what it would be like to dress these amazing clients for their TV shows and films. Then I started doing research. On IMDB, I looked up my favorite shows and wrote down all the names listed for the costume departments. I emailed each person on my list telling them who I was and what I was hoping to learn from them. I got a couple of responses, but nothing really helpful. For my Marketing Events class we had to go to an event, so I chose Fashion’s Night Out. I found out that actress Lucy Hale was hosting it, then looked deeper and discovered that Mandi Line, Costume Designer for Pretty Little Liars, was going to be hosting a fashion show at Macy’s. So that is where I went. I didn't go to the opening show or any of the stores. I walked straight to Macy’s when I arrived at the Beverly Center to get a seat at her show. Afterward, I literally ran after her (along with a bunch of 13-year-old girls) and said, 'My name is Johauna. I am a student at FIDM and currently interning with Rachel Zoe. I would really like to get your contact information so I can tell you more about myself and see if there is any way I can intern for you.' She gave me her Facebook and that was the start."

Read the entire interview with Johauna Mani on FIDM's FashionClub.com Daily.

 

Feb

27
2013

Business Management Alumnus at TJX

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Matthew Hulsey went directly for his B.S. in Business Management, after completing the A.A. program in Merchandise Marketing at FIDM. When his Career Advisor suggested a posting for an internship at TJX, he went for it. Now he is in a full time position as Merchandise Assistant at the world's largest off-price retailer—the parent company of TJMaxx, Marshalls, Homegoods, and others.

"A Merchandise Assistant is basically the step before becoming a full buyer at our company," explains Matthew. With a specialized Bachelor's degree already under his belt, Matthew hopes to move from Buyer to upper management in the future.

Dec

17
2012

Merchandise Marketing Student Interning at For Love & Lemons

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Hermantown, Minnesota native Andrea Sega began interning at the women's clothing label For Love & Lemons in March. "One of the owners, Laura Hall, is from my hometown and the other owner, Gillian Mahin, is a Graduate of FIDM," says the Merchandise Marketing Student. "I am passionate about their clothing, but also extremely inspired by their hard work, drive, and innovation." 
Andrea says that her duties change with each day. "Whatever they need me for, I am there to help," she explains. "Their line is effortlessly stylish and once you slip on their clothes you radiate a cool vibe." 

Nov

08
2012

MPD Student Interning at J Brand Jeans

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Merchandise Product Development Student Shirley Zheng recently began working at J Brand Jeans as an intern on the design team after a job lead from her Career Advisor Kevin Keele. "I'm very excited to be working for such a great company that I admire," she explains. "I'm already working with tech packs and hand sketching a lot of garments. I am really applying what I've learned at FIDM."

Shirley says that exploring the inner workings of a top fashion company is exciting and inspiring. The Millburn, New Jersey native hopes to one day be on the design team for a premium denim company. "FIDM was very helpful in the process of getting this internship," she adds. "I actually had another job offer on the table and Kevin guided me through the process. He's a terrific Career Counselor."

Oct

29
2012

MPD Student Interning at Sue Wong After Networking at Career Connections

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Merchandise Product Development Professional Designation Student Lily Baldwin recently attended Career Connections, the annual networking event held on campus, and made some valuable contacts. After meeting and speaking with someone from Sue Wong, Lily wrote a thank you note and followed up to inquire about internships. "Luckily they were interviewing for fall interns so I went in and am now working with their Product Development team," she explains. "I started with them while they were doing fall fashion shows so there was a lot to help with."

Lily, who holds an undergraduate degree from Emerson College, is currently working with the team on the Spring 2013 season organizing swatch books, samples, and helping with pattern revisions. "I think most FIDM Students agree that the Career Center is an amazing tool for all students to get internship opportunities," she adds. "The experience offered during an internship is a fantastic way to put skills from FIDM to use."

Oct

24
2012

MPD Student Is Interning With Herve Leger

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Merchandise Product Development Student Jenna Piantedosi recently told her Career Center Advisor Kevin Keele that she would love to interview with BCBGMAXAZRIA. Coincidentally, a recruiter from the company was going to be on campus at FIDM the following week. "The interview was at the Career Center and I got a phone call a few days later for a second interview," she explains. "They hired me on the spot for BCBGMAXAZRIA's couture line, Herve Leger."

Jenna, who has always been a BCBGMAXAZRIA customer, loves Herve Leger's great prints and fashion forward colors. "The geometric shapes in the dresses forms the body to make every woman look her best," she says. "The shoes are to die for and the jackets take my breath away. It's an honor to be working hands-on with the design team."

After Jenna graduates in December, she hopes to get a job at Herve Leger and one day have her own contemporary line called Dosi. "I have learned that you can achieve anything you put your mind to through hard work, dedication, and passion," she adds.

Oct

22
2012

Footwear Design Grad and MPD Student Are Brother and Sister

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Meet Tony Hsu, a Footwear Design Graduate, and Annie Hsu, a current Merchandise Product Development Student who is currently interning at Kellwood as a Production Assistant. "Since I already have a prior degree, I only wanted to back to school for a year," explains Annie, who co-founded the social Dog Haus Running Club in Pasadena, which has over 300 members. "My brother suggested I look into the programs and FIDM was the right fit for me."

Tony, who is an Assistant Designer at Chinese Laundry, says that FIDM prepared him for the footwear industry. "I am able to apply these skills that I learned on a day-to-day basis at work," he says. "FIDM has a great track record of putting students to work through their enormous network in the fashion industry."

Oct

09
2012

MPD Student Is a Technical Design Intern at Monique Lhuillier

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Merchandise Product Development Student Elizabeth "Lizzy" Singleton is a driven and focused individual. Her love for Product Development has gotten her a technical design internship with Monique Lhullier. 

What is your job function? I'm currently the intern for the Senior Technical Designer at Monique Lhuillier and FIDM alum, Paige Rangel. We work with pattern makers, scaling size 2 samples to various sizes for retail sale. We also make tech packs from the season's line sheet, including as much information as possible so as to replicate each style exactly. Patterns, draping and all of the sewing is done by hand at Monique Lhuillier, so our job is especially important to achieve flattering fits on garments that can slightly vary from one to the next. 

What’s a typical day for you? A typical day for me usually begins with some work on the computer, doing anything from entering information into tech packs to organizing and editing photos of the most recent collection. Then we have a fit session with our fit model who comes three times a week. Fit sessions usually last two hours and we fit clothes in all different stages--from initial garments made of muslin to garments made in the final fabric with all the finishings. After the fit session I either go home or, on particularly busy days, help out around the office. When a new line arrives, my days are much more busy, with lots of note and picture taking to be done. 

What would you say helped you get the internship? I have an undeniable love for the company and a lot of knowledge about it. I've been a fan of Monique's for many years and I made sure to brush up on the company's most recent endeavors so I could know what I was talking about. I also came armed with my portfolio, which was overflowing with CAD I and Trend and Design Application work. My forte is technical drawing and line development, so showing off what I was best at probably didn't hurt, even though I'm not doing any of that at my internship. 

What’s are some of your favorite things that you’ve done during your time there? Honestly, observing, as strange as that sounds. In class, you hear about the apparel process, but you never witness professionals at work. Working at Monique Lhuillier has allowed me to see the whole process time and time again right before my eyes. Any questions I might have had have been answered just by watching. As someone fascinated by the bridal industry, watching the draping artists at work is nothing short of magical. The detail that goes into each garment is astonishing and I'm so happy to be a part of it, even in the smallest way. 

Any advice for our fellow students? Be professional and humble! It kills me how many kids go into interviews thinking they're the next big thing and deserve to be the head designer right off the bat. You may have the talent and skill to get there one day--there's no denying that--but you have to pay your dues. Also, try out a few options before settling on one. The best way to find out whether you like a job or not is to experience it first hand. You might just surprise yourself! 

Would you say that FIDM has helped you in achieving your goals? If so, how? Extremely so. As a transfer from UCLA, I had no clear route mapped out as to how I was going to achieve my goals. When I transferred to FIDM after spending two years at UCLA, I set very clear goals for myself and have been successful in sticking to them. With a 4.0 every quarter as well as a place in the Product Development Premier Group, I feel very accomplished. My internship at Monique Lhuillier is now the icing on the cake! FIDM is a very real environment with teachers who know what they're talking about from experience. It's extremely important to harness those resources while they're available. I've learned to take nothing for granted and make the most of my experience at FIDM while I can.  

This story contributed by FIDM Merchandise Product Development Student Johnae Elease

Oct

02
2012

Product Development Student Gives First Person Account of Her GUESS Internship


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Merchandise Product Development Student Kelsey Farrer transferred to FIDM after her first year of college and was excited to immediately start working in the industry. With several retail jobs and experience working in a New Mart showroom under her belt, she began researching internships with the Career Center.

"It wasn’t until the incredibly eye-opening FIDM Denim Tour that I realized what I wanted to do.  Throughout the tour, ten students, including myself, were exposed to the insides of several LA-based denim companies. We were able to see what an actual design room looks like, learn about what merchandisers really do, and so much more. During our visit to the GUESS World Headquarters, I learned about the company’s ten-week paid summer internship program.

I decided then and there that I had to apply, even though it would be a full-time 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. job that would not only take over my summer, but also my plans to continue with classes during summer quarter. I have to say that this was the best decision I have ever made. The things I learned as the young contemporary (YC) women’s design intern are invaluable lessons. Interning has given me the opportunity to truly immerse myself into the world of fashion, and to apply all of the things that I have been learning in my Product Development classes at FIDM to a real-world design room.

The designers use me to their advantage, giving me daily tasks such as creating color palettes, researching upcoming trends, crafting together mood boards, assisting with CADs, building line sheets, and eventually making collection packages that consist of all of these key items. By allowing me to truly participate in the design process, the designers are not only using me to their benefit, but also teaching me things that in my past were unimaginable. Here are some activities I participated in:

Denim Day: All of the interns were taken to an offsite wash house where we were each given a pair of raw denim in our own sizes. At the wash house we were able to physically make the jeans our own by using various tools to add a destroyed look, sandpaper to lighten certain parts of the pants before they were washed, and potassium spray to add highlights. We then got to choose which wash we wanted and if we wanted any coatings added to them. It was a very fun learning experience and in the end, one of the pairs of denim was chosen to be considered for possible production in the GUESS line!

Charity Bake Sale: Since there were about 40 interns onsite for the summer, we were broken up into groups of six and hosted a charity bake sale and raffle in the guess courtyard during lunch on a Friday. We were able to collectively raise a over $1,000 to go towards the CASA charity (court appointed special advocates), which we chose in the beginning of the summer as a group. 

Weekly Brown Bag Lunches: Each week "brown bag lunches" were held, in which we got to listen to speakers from various departments and hear about their different jobs within the company. From product developers to denim designers, each of these groups of speakers had a lot of interesting information that helped us get a better grasp of which departments take care of what. I learned a lot about the various positions that I am studying as a product development major, which was very helpful as I am testing the waters to see where I will end up one day.

Throughout my ten weeks at GUESS, I learned the importance of enthusiasm. As simple as it may seem, being enthusiastic and having a good attitude about the projects that are given to me can make all the difference. This is the true determining factor of whether or not the project will turn out carefully and beautifully crafted, or quickly pieced together. It is clear that my manager and co-workers can tell when I am enthusiastic about something, which I believe is a reason that my manager asked me to extend my time as an intern, part time through December. Interning for GUESS has been the best experience I have ever had, and I would highly recommend taking advantage of all of the wonderful opportunities that the Career Center has to offer."

Oct

02
2012

MPD Student Interning For Project Runway Alumna Alicia Hardesty

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Merchandise Product Development Student Victoria Lin recently had a chance meeting with Season 10 Project Runway designer Alicia Hardesty of the new women's line Original Tomboy. "I volunteered at the StyleCareers LA event at the California Market Center and recognized Alicia and her unique hairstyle," she says. "I gave her a copy of my resume and in the next couple of days, Alicia sent me an email, and we made an appointment to talk about the internship."

Victoria says that she loves working with Alicia because she has an easygoing attitude, unique vision, and is willing to answer questions. "She has a lot of experience and I am very fortunate to be able to learn from her," Victoria adds. "My goal is to work for an established company in their design department, but eventually I want to introduce my own brand for petite women or be a creative director. I want to be able to change the world somehow through fashion."

Original Tomboy will be having a pop up shop on October 17th at 7:00 pm at 8512 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood.

Aug

27
2012

MPD Student Designs Moccasin For Steve Madden

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Merchandise Product Development Student Lauren Duncan is graduating at the end of the quarter and will be continuing with an Advanced Study Degree in Footwear Design. This past spring, she had the chance to intern for 3 Dee International, one of the companies that designs shoes for Steve Madden.

"I was asked to come up with design ideas for the classic moccasin," she explains. "I started the process by compiling images and inspiration of different design ideas and ended up combining multiple ideas to create this shoe." Lauren didn't know if the shoe would end up in the line, but it did. "Seeing a sample was so surreal!" she adds. "When I opened the box I couldn't believe that my design had actually come to life."

Lauren is currently interning at NY Transit Inc., helping design footwear for Ella Moss and Splendid, the companies founded by FIDM Alumna Pamella Protzel Scott. After graduating from FIDM, she hopes to start her own footwear company -- a dream since high school. Congratulations Lauren!

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Aug

08
2012

FIDM Hosts First TweetUp With Designer Whitney Port

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On August 30th, FIDM will host its first online TweetUp with Fashion Designer Whitney Port. The woman behind the clothing label Whitney Eve, which employs FIDM Students as interns, will answer questions via Twitter. Think of it like a virtual Q&A!

To participate, be sure to follow @FIDM and @WhitneyEVEport on Twitter and submit your question using the hashtag #WhitneyatFIDM. Then check back at 1pm on August 30th to see if Whitney answered your questions!

May

31
2012

Film & TV Costume Design Student Lands Coveted Internship With Television Academy

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Film & TV Costume Design Student Alyssa Gudino was just awarded a prestigous paid summer internship in Costume Design with the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation. This internship is hailed as one of the top 10 in the country. In the four years that Film & TV Costume Design Students have been entering the national competition, FIDM has had finalists all four years and a winner three out of four years.

May

03
2012

Film & TV Costume Design Students are Finalists for Prestigious Internship

ATAS_logo__111108220428-275x408Two Film & TV Costume Design Students, Jill Sorensen and Alyssa Gudino, are finalists for the ultra competitive paid internship program with The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The decisions will be made in June.

If selected, they will work at the Academy in Hollywood for eight weeks, shadowing a costume designer on a TV pilot. The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences internship is one of the most prestigious in the country.

Mar

29
2012

FIDM Grad Switches Careers to Become Designer at BCBG

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Kara Pelletier returned to school to get her degree in Merchandise Product Development at FIDM in order to kick-start her second career as a designer. A month after graduation, with the help of the Career Center and lots of determination, she is starting her first design job at Max & Cleo at BCBG Max Azria as an Assistant Technical Designer.

How did you choose your major?

When I came to FIDM I had been working in a different field for more than twenty years. But I had always loved good design. I didn't want to sew couture clothes. I wanted to make women's ready-to-wear with clean, classic silhouettes. I figured FIDM could help me learn how to create modern, feminine clothes with an edge for real women. 

I was scared to start down this new path but my Admissions Counselor helped me every step of the way. She helped me see what the difference is between the Fashion and Product Development majors and how Merchandise Product Development encompasses all aspects of how the fashion world really works, from concept to consumer.

How did you find a job so quickly?

I had no idea what to do to find a job. Kevin Keele in the Career Center became my best friend. He worked with me one-on-one and answered every question I had. He took the time to show me how to improve my resume, cover letter, and begin a work sample portfolio.  I had heard you should do an internship or two while at school but didn't know why this was so important. It was Kevin and the Professional Practices class that got me motivated and headed in the right direction.  

Gregg Archambault in the Career Center got me the leads for several internships. Without these, I would never have landed my first job in the fashion industry. Gregg pushed me outside of my comfort zone and he is the reason I am working in Max & Cleo at BCBG Max Azria Group today.

How did you find the job lead?

FIDM's Career Center of course! I practically lived there in my final two quarters at FIDM.  In my final quarter Gregg gave me all the advice I needed, so I knew what to do to get a job right after graduating. He asked me what I wanted to do and provided me with numerous leads. He also showed me the websites to look for industry leads. I set about applying for jobs midway in my last quarter at FIDM. 

Did you do an internship while you were a student?

Absolutely. In my final quarter I worked an internship at a company that designs women's contemporary clothes. I learned all about the production and design process there. It was critical to my getting an interview at BCBG. Without this I would not have been considered for the position. 

You will find getting hired in the industry almost impossible without one or even two internships under your belt.  Your FIDM education is invaluable, but to get hired you need experience and you cannot get experience unless you get hired, a Catch-22. An internship is the best way to get around this and gain the experience you need to get hired. 

What is your big picture goal?

I want to work my way up to become a Production Director. While doing this I will be completing my Bachelor of Science in Business Management at FIDM.  

Eventually I'd like to start a lifestyle brand boutique with my daughter Brenna. She is a graduate of the FIDM Fashion Design program and also has her degree in interior design from a London university. We want to bring interesting interior and architectural elements, vintage textiles, and fantastic Paris flea market finds back to Los Angeles to sell alongside the work of young up-and-coming designers, as well as our own designs. Should be fun!

Any interview or job search tips?

Searching for a job is a full time job.  I started five weeks before graduation. I remember being on a break and emailing the HR Director at BCBG to set up an interview. I went in once a week to the Career Center for new leads. I wrote or called every single one of them.  For those that responded, I wrote thank you letters. Those that didn't respond, which were many, I followed up a week later to see if they were still looking to fill the position. It pays to be organized and prepared. There are many qualified people out there looking for work; no one is going to hand a job to you without some effort on your part.

Study the specifics

Take the time to really get to know the company you are applying to. If you are going to apply to a brand that has retail locations, go visit one of their stores. Read everything you can on their company website. Ask questions of your friends and people in the FIDM Career Center.

If you are applying for a position as a technical designer, go back and review your critical points of measure on garments.  You will probably be tested on the spot about these things. If you are going for a designer position, be able to fully describe your designs and the choices you made without looking at your portfolio to do it. Employers are looking to see you know what you are doing, are a quick learner, and can bring something new to their team. 

My best advice is to go in with the right attitude. You worked very hard at learning your job skills while studying at FIDM. Put the same effort and care into your job search and how you present yourself; if you are going to do something, do it as a professional. 

 

Mar

01
2012

Merchandise Product Development Student Meets Designer Betsey Johnson

P2150697Merchandise Product Development Student Susie Vargas recently had the opportunity to attend MAGIC, where she met designer Betsey Johnson. "I was given the opportunity through the Premier Product Development Group and I learned a lot!" she says. "I feel like I really got to fully understand the process of selling your product and how much effort and thought is put in to it." Susie attended seminars and a lecture from author Charlotte Smith. "We were also able to attend a fashion show which was really fun! It was also an amazing opportunity to network," she adds.

"I was able to have a quick meet and greet with Betsey Johnson and was able to take a picture with her -- I was so excited and nervous! I told her that I was a student at FIDM and that I admired her work." Susie, who is a huge fan of the designer, says that FIDM has given her opportunities she never could have imagined, including internships at BCBG and Halston. 

"FIDM has just been so amazing because I honestly feel like the instructors, staff, and department really want you to succeed because they are all so helpful and provide the students with so many resources!" she says. Susie will graduate in June and aspires to be an assistant designer for a denim company or for the women's contemporary market and eventually develop her own brand.

Nov

30
2011

Fashion Design Grad to Intern for Jean Paul Gaultier

P8Braun12-17-09Fashion Design Alumnus Nathan Braun, who won the Fashion Designer of Tomorrow Award at FIDM, is going to intern for the public relations department of Jean Paul Gaultier in New York City.

Nathan, a former high school football player, interned with Kevan Hall Designs for two quarters while in school and currently works at Mood Fabrics.

Oct

05
2011

Just Accepted Visual Communications Student Has Traveled the World Helping People

IMG_0493 Just Accepted Visual Communications Student Brittney Porter is a recent graduate of BYU and also a newlywed. This Professional Designation Student has a passion for design, family, and helping others (she's volunteered with orphan children in Zambia and taught English in Tonga).

"Like many people, I feel most like myself when I am doing something I love and creative design is definitely something I love. FIDM offers me a very specialized education in Visual Communications, and  is one of the only nationally accredited colleges that is able to do that. Having already earned a degree, FIDM acknowledges that accomplishment and offers a Professional Designation program which allows me to focus on specific course work instead of extra general studies. 

FIDM has over 19,000 employer contacts as well as provides hands-on experiences and an industry-directed curriculum. FIDM absolutely seems intent on helping its students start and establish a long lasting career."

Read the entire interview at FIDM's FashionClub.com Daily Blog.

Sep

13
2011

FIDM Grad Working at Lanvin in Paris

Richardchan Richard Chan has accepted a highly-coveted internship at Lanvin in Paris. He previously interned for Alexander McQueen in London. After graduating from FIDM in 2008, the Advanced Fashion Design Grad attended Academia Koefia in Italy where he studied haute couture.  Each year, the Academia awards a scholarship to a student in FIDM's Advanced Fashion Design DEBUT program. 

Image: Richard Chan and his 2008 DEBUT Runway Collection.

Aug

09
2010

FIDM Grad Kenna Wynne-Jones Lands Job at Bebe and Continues With FIDM's Bachelor of Science in Business Management Program

Kenna_photoKenna Wynne-Jones graduated with a Merchandise Marketing degree from FIDM in June. She turned her internship into a job as the Public Relations Coordinator at bebe and she's continuing on at FIDM, working on her Bachelor of Science in Business Management.

"A typical work day consists of emailing with fashion editors of magazines such as Vogue, Cosmo, In Style, Bazaar, etc. and sending them new bebe samples for whatever shoot they are working on. For example I just sent out Fall/Winter samples for the November Cosmo shoot. I also work with stylists who come into the studio and pull bebe clothes for their clients, arrange store pulls, and try to get bebe merchandise in as many magazines that I can!"

Read the entire interview with Kenna Wynne-Jones on FIDM's FashionClub.com Daily.

Jun

17
2010

FIDM Students Are Finalists for ATAS Art Direction Summer Internship

Emmy The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences offers a summer internship in Art Direction and students from across the country apply for this prestigious experience. Only four finalists were selected, two of whom were FIDM Students from the Entertainment Set Design & Decoration Program. Congratulations to Sarah Stimpson and Maggie Allen, the only two California students chosen as finalists!

Apr

29
2010

FIDM Grad to Intern at Alexander McQueen in London

Debut_2008_Richard Tzu Fanf Chan_MG_4402Richard Chan has accepted a highly-coveted three-month internship at Alexander McQueen in London. After graduating from FIDM in 2008, the Advanced Fashion Design Grad attended Academia Koefia in Italy where he studied haute couture. Each year, the Academia awards a scholarship to a student in FIDM's Advanced Fashion Design DEBUT program. 

Image: Richard Chan and his 2008 DEBUT Runway Collection.

Nov

24
2009

Internships for Entertainment Set Design & Decoration

Students in FIDM's Entertainment Set Design & Decoration program learn to coordinate everything on a film or television set or stage to bring the characters and plot to life. 

Currently, FIDM Students are working as interns on the following TV shows:

The Mentalist - CBS
Cougar Town - ABC
Scrubs - ABC
Melrose Place - FOX
Chuck - NBC
Gigantic - Nickelodeon
Castle - ABC

And they are interning at these prop houses:

• Lennie Marvin Prop House

• PSW/Prop Services West

Find out more about the Entertainment Set Design & Decoration Major.

Jul

06
2009

FIDM Student Gets Summer Internship at Armani in Beverly Hills

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The Giorgio Armani store in Beverly Hills has placed FIDM Students with internships for more than six years in the Entertainment Industry Public Relations Department, which is led by Senior Director and FIDM Advisory Council member Greg Nise. This year, Greg worked with the store manager to create an internship for the boutique side of the business, with an emphasis in retail management and operation support. Merchandise Marketing Student Megan Boyer has been selected for the summer quarter! She'll learn about the processing of goods and how they are distributed into the store. The history of Armani and a review of the different brands will be discussed, followed by product knowledge, merchandising, and working with buyer's reports. Congratulations, Megan!

Aug

05
2008

An Inside Look at FIDM’s Career Connections 2008

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FIDM's 16th Annual Career Connections, an event which brings together successful FIDM Alumni with current FIDM Students for networking and knowledge-sharing, took place last week on the Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Orange County campuses. Over 140 FIDM Graduates participated, along with over 1,000 FIDM Students.

Each year some of FIDM's most illustrious Alumni return to the college to share their experience in the industry with current students. From left, Nick Verreos (Project Runway Season 2 Finalist and FIDM Instructor), Raymundo Baltazar (Project Runway Season 2 Finalist and successful Stylist), red carpet designer Kevan Hall, and current Project Runway Finalist Kelli Martin all spent the morning talking to students on the Los Angeles campus.

Here’s what some of the participants had to say about FIDM & Career Connections:

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"What I loved about FIDM is that every one of my instructors was in the Beauty Industry. FIDM supports you not only in your education but afterwards, in your career," said Viri Flores, Assistant Manager at a major beauty emporium.

Raymundo Baltazar, who has worked with Ed Hardy, Justin Timberlake's William Rast clothing, and Antiq Denim, had a lot to say, and the crowd around his table was three people thick. "If you don't know fit and you don't know patterns, you're not a designer! Specialize in something and know the basics."

Raymundo continued, "FIDM is one of the best-known fashion colleges in the world. They have the best connections. It's very expensive, but what you get in return is priceless!"

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"FIDM gave me a really great start," said Assistant Costume Designer Suzy Magnin, "and a lot of contacts. I got my first job, on Gilmore Girls, through my connections at FIDM." Since then she's worked on Cold Case, CSI, and So You Think You Can Dance, among others.

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Emmy Award winning Costumer for Six Feet Under, Jill Ohanneson, told us, "Whenever I need an intern or a Production Assistant, I call FIDM!"

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Reactions from the students were just as positive. "Inspirational!" "Very well organized, very well worth it!" and "Inspired me to do more than what is expected," were some of the attendees' remarks afterwards.

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So went FIDM's 16th such successful event. Students walked away with not only valuable information on the realities of the industries they hope to enter, but in some cases they gleaned contacts for internships and jobs, with the Alumni benefiting from the event as well.

For more on Career Connections, visit FIDM.edu.

Head to Nick Verreos’s blog for his take on the event.

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