Name: Kaitlyn Shelton
Hometown: Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati Area
FIDM Major: Merchandise Marketing
FIDM Campus and Start Date: LA, July 2016
Admissions Advisor: Laura Gorham
How did your advisor help with the process? Laura was a tremendous help through absolutely everything. She was very easy to talk to and communicate with, and made me feel 110% comfortable throughout the whole process. If it wasn’t for her, I would have been a complete mess.
Tell us a bit about yourself. For as long as I can remember, fashion has been one of my biggest passions and obsessions which has led to me owning my own online boutique, Awaited Apparel. I also really enjoy going to concerts as much as possible, hanging out with friends, and seeing new places.
What are your proudest accomplishments so far? My two proudest accomplishments would by far be getting accepted into my dream school as a junior in high school, and owning my own online boutique at only 17 years old. Neither of these were close to being easy, especially because I decided to make them both happen at the same time. I spent months making my entrance project as perfect as I could, which resulted in hours and hours of nonstop work. During this time, I became obsessed with the idea of starting my own store, and I had to make it happen. After months of research and dedication, I finally launched my own online boutique in May of this year.
What made FIDM right for you? When I attended the 3 Days of Fashion program at FIDM, I absolutely fell completely in love with every aspect of it. Not only is the environment awesome, but the passion and drive of every single person there was incredible and only motivated and inspired me to push myself to do more in this industry. Also, simply just the education you receive at FIDM is amazing. You really can’t ask for more.
Describe your entrance project. For my entrance project I had to put together five different outfits for five different occasions (each piece in the outfit being a different designer/brand) and explain why I chose it, where it would be worn, and what I believe the price should be for each piece. With all that being said, I wanted mine to stand out and be unique. Therefore, every piece and outfit I chose was all from my own closet. Instead of cutting pictures out of a magazine and gluing them on a piece of paper, I had pictures of me in each outfit, which made the project a little more personal.
What are your career goals? I would honestly love to be anywhere from a buyer, stylist, or just own my own successful shop.
What do you expect to learn at FIDM? To learn the industry inside and out. I believe FIDM will teach me all there is to know about the industry and will provide me with incredible opportunities that wouldn’t be possible anywhere else.