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Dec

02
2014

Trendwatch: 80s Influence Still Seen in Interiors

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The 80s are back, at least as an Interior Design trend for the coming year. How does that translate visually? According to the trend report by WGSN's Homebuildlife, the 80s can be seen in color blocking and patching of furniture and walls; colorful, playful accessories inspired by Pop Art and the Memphis group; simple geometry and a melange of graphic hand-drawn flecks and squiggles on surfaces.

Students in FIDM's Interior Design program have access to professional trend reports and a rich collection of materials and finishes in the FIDM library.

Nov

03
2014

From the FIDM Library: "Worried About the Boy" Film Review

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Lipstick, mascara & eye shadow—and that’s just what the boys were wearing! In the film Worried About the Boy Douglas Booth plays George O’Dowd aka Boy George during his rise to fame as the gender bending frontman for the 80s pop band Culture Club. The film not only defines a transcendent moment in fashion history, it sheds some light on the highly image-driven recording industry.

In the early 1980s, George helped pioneer a fashion movement called the New Romantics which was known for its use of heavy makeup and eclectic androgynous style (think Edwardian dandy meets Japanese Geisha). George’s iconic 80s look continues to be copied by a whole new generation of fashionistas. Countless celebrities from Taylor Swift to Beyoncé have donned his signature wide-brimmed black hat. Even some of Justin Beiber’s ensembles are reminiscent of George’s style, specifically his boyish phase from the mid-eighties which consisted of a ball cap worn sideways, white denim jacket & skinny jeans. Boy George mastered the perfectly manicured eyebrow long before The Jersey Shore’s Guido made brow shaping acceptable for men. The illustration above, rendered by FIDM San Diego Library staff member Jesse Negrete, depicts a series of contemporary fashion silhouettes inspired by the ultimate trend setter. Let’s hear it for the boy!

Presented By: Focus World

Run Time: 91 minutes

by Jesse Negrete, Reference & Student Services Specialist, FIDM Library San Diego

Oct

23
2014

From the FIDM Library: Textiles & Materials Quarterly

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The textile story for Fall 2014 is bright color and bold pattern. Abstract and figurative prints and patterns in primary colors splash into every arena: interiors, fashion, art, design, and architecture. Bright hues of vibrant red, magenta, mimosa yellow, container green, and bottle blue excite the eye and the senses.

Patterns that display a color code of numbers, letters, and symbols infused with buoyant, optimistic brights catch the eye. Interior and fashion fabrics display carnival-esque play. Slashes of color bring out texture against texture. Sexy reds from bubble gum to crimson pair up with warm Black Tea, the new neutral.

Interest in travel to distant planets inspires a sci-fi viewpoint, with amber, plum, and the new shade of deep charcoal, Cloak Gray.

by Cynthia Aaron/Textiles & Materials Specialist/FIDM Library

Sep

25
2014

The Fashionable Side of Wearable Technology Featured in DECA Direct

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DECA Direct has an article entitled "The Fashionable Side of Wearable Technology," in their current issue, featuring FIDM's Textiles & Materials Manager Kristine Upesleja and the Innovative Materials Conference that she curates each year. The article features cutting-edge wearable technology such as 3-D printed garments, LED fashion, wearable devices like Google Glass, and biodegradable apparel. 

Jul

28
2014

FIDM Library Movie Review: Sunset Strip Movie Rocks

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Glamour, burlesque, and rock ‘n’ roll, the documentary Sunset Strip paints a wild history of Los Angeles. The Sunset Strip is more than just a street that connects Hollywood to Beverly Hills. It’s a sacred piece of land that has seen its share of progressive music scenes and fashions. In the 1930s it was all about the ultra-glitzy night clubs. The Youthquake movement of the early 1960s transformed the strip into a music industry hot spot. In the late 1970s punk rockers ruled the strip until the hair bands took it over in the 80s. The strip underwent yet another makeover when grunge bands like Nirvana came on the scene and styles changed from spandex to flannel. Sunset Strip is an exciting trip down the tinseltown rabbit hole. Don’t miss the cool animated caricatures during the closing credits.

Movie: Sunset Strip; Presented By: Vision Films; Run Time: 96 minutes

Review by Jesse Negrete, FIDM San Diego, Reference & Student Services Specialist

Jul

09
2014

What's Cooking at the FIDM Library?

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Stop by the Los Angeles library's Textile & Design Research room to witness the latest eco-friendly experiment—fermented fabric in a jar! After an inspiring workshop with Australian scientist Gary Cass, students and members of the Textiles & Materials Department started growing their own cellulose-like fabric from the bacteria of fermenting wine. Everyone is amazed at the fabric's rapid growth.

Jul

09
2014

From the FIDM Library: Textiles & Materials Quarterly

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Summer 2014 is all about Sustainable Design. Natural, organic, and sustainable brands are gaining popularity with the average consumer requesting products they can feel good about without sacrificing price and performance. German sportswear giant Adidas is producing heel counters made from recycled food containers. London designer Jane Bowler does not throw anything away, but prefers to re-use scraps for new garments and accessories.

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Bionic yarn is transformed into denim from plastic floating in our oceans and on our beaches. Some forward thinking companies are demonstrating that recycling can be fashionable. Conceptual artist Alyce Santoro has created Sonic Fabric, a repurposing of audio cassette tapes, merging art and functionality with a twist: sound.

photo: Jane Bowler design

by Cynthia Aaron/Textiles & Materials Specialist/FIDM Library

May

12
2014

FIDM Library Recommends Exhibits at California African American Museum

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The FIDM Library recently visited the California African American Museum to view the current exhibit “A Memoir in Movement:  Carmen de Lavallade & Geoffrey Holder” highlighting the illustrious careers of two individual artists not only married to each other, but to the art of dance, theater, and design. Visitors can savor their rich world in a collection of oil paintings, sculptures, costume designs, performance programs, and film clips covering a lifetime of achievements spanning almost five decades starting in the 1940s.

Another emotionally provocative exhibit, “Soul Stirring:  African American Self-Taught Artists from the South” profiles eight artists and their works. The common thread connecting these artists is that each uses found or recycled materials to create art works narrating their stories and the times in which they lived. Early days on the plantation, the civil rights movement, and urban hip hop culture in the late '80s, are some of the historic time periods explored in this moving exhibit.

The Califonia African American Museum is located 15 minutes from the FIDM LA campus at Exposition Park, adjacent to USC. Admission is free.

Apr

23
2014

From the FIDM Library: Spring 2014 Style Report

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Information and analysis for the Style Report is derived from our review of a variety of trend publications and observation of our community's Zeitgeist. For more information contact the FIDM Library and get your style on!

Image provided by Stylesight. To learn more about getting access to Stylesight as a student at FIDM, please contact the FIDM Library at: library@fidm.edu.

Overview: More consumers are downsizing goods and services, moving to smaller homes, and finding happiness not in indiscriminate buying, but in experiencing life in other fulfilling ways.  Free-cycling unwanted purchases brings joy to the giver and to someone else in the world. Add to this a more eco-conscious mind-set, and a DIY ability to exploit latent talents, people are fixing their own cars and cooking their own food. Buying for the sake of buying is transforming into thoughtful purchases that last. A rise in public transportation and bicycle program rentals in major cities signify shifting awareness and new alternatives.

Women:   Norm-core is an anti-fashion and anti-trend attitude, in which women and men attempt not to look “fashionable.”  They wear casual jeans and T-shirts paired with Birkenstocks, which en masse looks like a trend. Retro inspiration is still strong, but with modern additions like geometric shapes in bright colors mixed with jewel tones and earthy, dark colors. There is a “luxe” sensibility in fabrications resembling alligator skin (but soft), printed panne velvet for suits (men and women), and sumptuous details like oversized collars and large proportions. On the opposite end of the spectrum, neo-bondage details have bounded into the mainstream with fetish details like straitjackets or corseted enclosures found in vinyl, latex, and leather.

Men:  High, protective collars and hooded oversized jackets worn over skinny or cropped pants form a blocky construction aesthetic in shapes resembling concrete blocks. Quilted and embossed effects, layered and shiny, like metallic denim and knits with an oily effect make us think of gasoline. In another realm, fairytale effects bring a new whimsy to basics like down jackets, sweaters and T-shirts, with 3-D effects, candy cane colors, and unusual proportions. More quilting, wrappings, and layers form an inside-as-outside aesthetic in soft khaki and beige tones. Riffing on the neo-gothic sphere, serpents, dragons, and fantasy images form a mood of bird-like dreams.

Interiors:  As people become more in tune with their creative sides, some interior designers have carved out atelier space at home for people to work on their crafts. Obsolete appliances such as dial telephones have been resurrected with updated colors and repurposed graphics. Accessories trick the eye with faux-book cover device cases or flash drives disguised as shamanistic talismans. Earth tones such as mineral gold and terra cotta are in the mix. Matted patinas embossed with metallic brush strokes add glamour when combined with industrial hardware. Reflective surfaces, and foiled and jeweled colors create exotic appeal adding life to window panes and embellishing everyday objects. 

Apr

23
2014

From the FIDM Library: Latex as Fashion Fabric

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Skin-tight, shiny clothing has gone mainstream—whether worn by musicians, sported on models, or as a nostalgic nod on the neo-burlesque stage. Latex, formerly a fetish material, is out of the closet.

Extravagance, experimentation, and fantasy drive the love of this once freakish material. Stars like Katy Perry and Lady Gaga have embraced the skin-tight, futuristic, and erotic nature of latex.

So what is latex? According to Fairchild’s Dictionary of Fashion it is, “a milky dispersion of natural or synthetic rubber in water. Natural latex is derived from rubber trees as latex.”

Living dolls, renegade fetish models, and rock ‘n roll bad girls all enjoy the fantasy of latex. The slick, sexy material fits almost like a second skin. Worn in black, fire-engine red, nude and pastels, zippered, buckled, gartered, gathered, or multi-strapped, it is a material to be explored with ravishing pleasure.

From FIDM Library’s Textiles & Materials Quarterly by Cynthia Aaron

Feb

10
2014

The FIDM Library's Virtual Scavenger Hunt #FIDMfetch Launches Tomorrow

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Starting tomorrow, February 11, 2014, the FIDM Library launches #FIDMfetch, a virtual scavenger hunt utilizing Twitter and the Library catalog! Students will receive three clues per day, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, via the FIDM Library’s Twitter feed. Clues refer to a notable person within the courses of study at FIDM and also within the FIDM Library collection.

Students find the answers to the tweeted #FIDMfetch clues by using the Library catalog. The first correct answer tweeted wins a prize! Join the FIDM Library for an invigorating session of #FIDMfetch!

Feb

05
2014

The FIDM Library Launches Virtual Scavenger Hunt #FIDMfetch

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The FIDM Library is excited to announce the launch of #FIDMfetch, a virtual scavenger hunt utilizing Twitter and the Library catalog! Starting February 11, 2014, students will receive three clues per day, Tuesdays and Thursdays, via the FIDM Library’s Twitter feed. Clues refer to a notable person within the courses of study at FIDM and also within the FIDM Library collection.

Students find the answers to the tweeted #FIDMfetch clues by using the Library catalog. The first correct answer tweeted wins a prize! Join the FIDM Library for an invigorating session of #FIDMfetch!

Jan

29
2014

From the FIDM Library: Winter 2014 Style Report

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Overview:  People are reinventing the way they make a living, following their passions to a more sustainable and enjoyable homegrown aesthetic. The ‘spirit of the handmade’ where the owner/creator has a hand in the process is replacing big box manufacturing. Many people who work in a profession day-in and day-out desire a tactile craftmaking experience in their leisure time. DIY (do-it- yourself) crafts that were once in the hobby category are transforming into actual small business launches. Add technology to the mix, such as websites Pinterest and Perch, and this ‘maker culture’ is fueling a new wave in craftsmanship and retail.

Women:  The creative classes come together where designers and architects, for example, can merge ideas to create 3D printed designs. For sharp silhouettes and platform shoes, short hair accentuates and embraces the neo-cutting edge designs. “Tech-couture” explores the replacement of delicate hand-made embroidery and needlework by code. Meanwhile, denim in all its transformational power is embellished, adorned with allover applique, accented with leather or detailed with extreme stitching.  

Men:  Paying ever more attention to detail and tailored construction, fitted attire gives an air of elegance to the refined gentleman. You can call it the resurgence of the new Dandy.  Denim has clean and geeky '60s and '70s details, almost preppy. Adding a sport element to suiting fabrics, ribbed, cuffed , or elastic-cinched pants' hems are paired with casual footwear. Designers extend their brands with directions in cosmetics lines made just for men to polish the look.

Interiors:  Sculptural shapes take precedence for ergonomic contours that are as fluid as hand-made pottery. Ethnic accents such as Navajo rugs, African textiles, or animal prints are redefined and given a contemporary feel with fresh interpretations. Three dimensional tiles add volume to interiors just as stacked 3D windows for exteriors. Tromp l’oeil bedding and table settings with patterns found in nature or from hand drawn illustrations splash humor and delight on everyday rituals.

This FIDM Library Style Report is derived from our review of a variety of trend publications and observations of our community's Zeitgeist. For more information contact the FIDM Library and get your style on!

Photo credit: Stylesight. To learn more about getting access to Stylesight as a student at FIDM, please contact the FIDM Library at: library@fidm.edu.

 

Jan

06
2014

To Prep For the Modeling World Tyra Banks Visited FIDM's Library

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Tyra Banks recently penned an essay for the Chicago Tribune where she spoke about becoming a high fashion model while still a Los Angeles teen. A French modeling agent who was scouting for Paris Fashion Week discovered Tyra, who quickly booked 25 shows and became a supermodel. Prior to leaving for Paris, the America's Next Top Model host visited the FIDM Library to brush up on all things fashion at the age 17. She writes,

"So I went to the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising library in downtown Los Angeles. I asked the librarian for every French fashion magazine she could dig up. Once she realized my goal, over the course of two weeks, she sat me down and showed me the right way to look at the photos to determine the aesthetic of each designer. She also dug up tapes from every major designer that had presented their lines in Paris the previous year. She taught me to focus not just on the style of the clothing, but also the ways each designer differentiated through the use of hair and makeup.

As I watched, I noticed the same models appearing over and over again; each had a signature walk (though they didn’t call it that back then). Some walked aggressively. Others were on their tippy toes, like princesses. Determined to figure out my own way of doing things, I designed my walk alongside the world’s most helpful librarian, right there in the middle of the FIDM library."

Nov

18
2013

From the FIDM Library: Fall 2013 Style Notes

 

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This FIDM Library Fall 2013 Style Report is derived from our review of a variety of trend publications and observations of our community's zeitgeist. To learn more about getting access to Stylesight as a student at FIDM, please contact the FIDM Library at: library@fidm.edu

Overview: A light and airy color palette, with citrus shades of lemon and lime is in stark contrast to current world events. A desire to return to innocence has created a “kidult” mentality. Baby-boomers have retained a forever-young attitude, and continue their influence. Meanwhile, the youth of today are ever more important trend-setters. White and sky blue help to part the dark clouds of gloom, returning an Easter sense of re-formation. Wearable technology improves, and products merging design and practicality such as shoes embedded with GPS devices and knitted sensors to monitor heart rate are in our future.   

Women:  Playing up their youthfulness, young women's shorts are getting shorter and deep-dropped V-necks endorse the bosom under a sheath of transparency. Neo-punk elements overdose on studs appliqued to sweatshirts, sneakers and accessories. The extreme opposite can be observed with bows and ribbons accentuating the young princess who never grows up, as seen in the continuing popularity of Sanrio’s Hello Kitty. Truly confident in their sexuality, some women go for the androgynous look. 

Men:  Extreme opposites continue in menswear and the young men’s market. Post-punk and new wave are revisited with graphic stripes and checks in black and white or bold colors. On the other end of the spectrum are vegetal tones from lime to moss green, creating a feeling of comfort and a vintage familiarity. Along those lines are stylishly rendered varsity logos for men and women. Soft suiting with a layered effect in pastel tones gives way to seersucker stripes and mixed patterns, while copper studs and buttonholes lend shine and depth.

Interiors: Copper has been trending in products ranging from kitchen appliances to lighting fixtures and exposed shower pipes. Popular retailers are offering copper candle holders and bed frames. Natural, earthy fabric weaves are a textural contrast to metallic cutlery for dining tables. Materials such as linen, hemp and wicker are showing up in outdoor seating, lighting, and planters. Vintage and heirloom decorative objects create a nostalgic feeling; tables are adorned with old bird cages, and mixed patterns for table-tops and upholstery joins with vintage-inspired pottery adorned with old-fashioned violets and pansies.    --by the FIDM Library Staff

 

photo credit: StyleSight

Oct

28
2013

Attend the Innovative Materials Conference & Exhibition at FIDM OC

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Have you ever seen a t-shirt made of milk or 3D printed shoes (pictured above)? The public is invited to see the most current textiles and materials at the Innovative Materials Conference & Exhibition at FIDM OC on Tuesday, November 12, and Thursday, November 14, 2013, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., as well as Saturday, November 16, 2013, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Hosted by the FIDM Library, you'll hear about cutting edge textiles and materials including garments made from coffee grounds, recycled denim insulation, and biodegradable running shoes, from exhibition curator Kristine Upesleja.

FIDM Orange County, 17590 Gillette Avenue, Irvine, CA 92614

Oct

14
2013

FIDM Library's Textile & Materials Department Quarterly Newsletter

TMEach quarter, the Textile & Materials department of the FIDM Library publishes a newsletter highlighting the latest news from the Textile and Materials world. For Fall 2013, more apparel companies and designers are focusing on responsible sourcing and low-impact manufacturing. A key eco-fiber is hemp, which is useful for its strength, durability, and fast growth.

Oct

01
2013

9 New Sustainable Apparel Textiles

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The textile industry has been working on sustainable alternatives to traditional fibers for years. These 9, all  part of the innovative materials collection in the FIDM Library, were introduced to the market in the last 10 years. Read on if wearing caffeine sounds exciting!

Textile Production & Development is one of 22 majors offered at FIDM.

1. Ahimsa Silk, or non-violent silk, is made from silk worms whose cocoons turn into moths and fly away.

2. Coconut fiber is perfect for activewear; it absorbs odor and provides UV protection.

3. Coffee grounds create S.Cafe, a fabric that is completely chemical free and also offers UV protection.

4. Corn fibers are made from the totally biodegradable waste products of corn.

5. Crabyon, derived from crab shells combined with viscose, is naturally anti-bacterial and bio-degradable.

6. Jackroki, a blend of latex, recycled paper, and cellulose is used for apparel, accessories, and interior design.

7. Milk Protein fiber, aka Latte, feels similar to wool. It can be blended with rayon, cotton, silk, and wool.

8. Seacell Pure is a lyocell type fiber blended with seaweed; body moisture releases nutrients back to the wearer.

9. Soy fiber, made of the leftover dregs from soy food production, is made from all renewable, biodegradable sources.

Sep

11
2013

From the FIDM Library: Movies That Inspire Great Design

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When looking for inspiration, remember that it can come from anywhere; including the past! What follows are some of the films that have inspired us over the years. Many cater to several different areas of interest: fashion, production design and set decorating, and visual effects. Most of these classics are available for loan (of up to a week) from the FIDM Library.

Fashion:

The Women, 1939; Costume Designer: Adrian

Roberta, 1935; Costume Designer: Bernard Newman

Ziegfeld Follies, 1945; Costume Designer: Helen Rose; Uncredited: Florence Bunin, Tony Duquette, Irene

Mame, 1974; Costume Designer: Theadora Van Runkle

The Leopard, 1963; Costume Designer: Piero Tossi

 

Production Design & Set Decorating:

Lost Horizon, 1937

The Busby Berkeley 9-Film Collection

Blade Runner, 1982

Star Wars Saga, 1979 - 2005

 

Visual Effects:

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937

Ray Harryhausen’s Films, 1958 – 1977

Avatar, 2009

Anchors Aweigh, 1945

Metropolis, 1927

 

by Michael Black, FIDM Museum Coordinator

Aug

13
2013

6 L.A. Art Book Stores that Inspire

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Real life can be beautiful—but nothing beats a gorgeous, large format art/fashion/photography book for a concentrated dose of visual fantasy. These Hollywood to downtown L.A. stores are great for browsing. Oh, and don't forget the FIDM Library where many of the same pricey books are available totally free!

TASCHEN Hollywood at the Farmers Market (Grove adjacent) is the sublime bookstore for all things Taschen.

Hennesey & Ingalls, located in Hollywood, across the street from the Arclight, is a smaller outpost of the Santa Monica store best known for its architecture and design collection.

Arclight Hollywood has cut the size of its lobby bookstore, but if you crave images of movie stars and super models, drop in before the show.

Book Soup in West Hollywood, a favorite of the entertainment industry, is better-stocked than most brick and mortar stores. Great material for costume and set designers.

Skylight, the independent located on pedestrian-friendly Vermont Avenue, operates an annex a few doors down from the main store. Taste veers towards the alternative, as in zines and graphic novels, but glossy images can be found.

FIDM Museum Shop, on the L.A. campus adjacent to the FIDM Museum, carries a well curated collection of design and pop culture books.

Jul

24
2013

Come to FIDM's 4th Annual Innovative Materials Conference & See 3-D Printed Dress Worn by Dita von Teese

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From August 19-23, 2013, the Library and Alumni Relations are holding their fourth annual Innovative Materials Conference at the Annex, room 332, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. In addition to presenting a variety of exciting materials and textiles, there will be guest speakers from the sustainable industry talking to FIDM Students, Faculty, and Staff.

On Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 6:30 p.m., in the same location, Michael Schmidt will be a special guest. A costume, jewelry, and accessory designer for Cher, Madonna, Lady Gaga, and Rihanna, among others, Michael recently designed a 3D printed dress that was worn by Dita von Teese and featured in press around the world. The famed dress will be on display during the entire Innovative Materials Conference.

The conference and exhibit has been curated by Textiles & Materials Manager Kristine Upesleja. Please sign up your classes for daily tours, guest speakers, and the featured event with Michael Schmidt. RSVP to kupesleja@fidm.com.

Jul

18
2013

You're Invited to the 4th Annual Innovative Materials Conference at FIDM SF

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Image via wearable LED company Erogear. Founder Anders Nelson will speak at the conference on July 25.

The San Francisco campus library is thrilled to announce the 4th Annual Innovative Materials Conference, from July 23-25, 2013. Hear from local business owners, designers, and other industry professionals, plus take a tour of the sustainable and innovative fabric fair exhibition. Alumni and the general public are welcome to attend.

Please RSVP at 415-675-5200 ext. 1503 or email baustin@fidm.edu. Follow the event on Twitter.

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Jul

18
2013

From the FIDM Library: Summer 2013 Style Report

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Style Blogger and FIDM Alumna Courtney Trop of Always Judging

FIDM Library Style Report Summer 2013

Overview: A palette of grey, blue, and black seems to be prevalent, perhaps channeling world events, but with a counter-balance of bold, bright, and carefree colors and a spirit of “anything can happen.” With technology moving at an accelerated pace, we learn to adapt to our lives according to devices that alter the speed of contemporary rituals. GPS navigates our course of direction, apps such as Siri give us personal concierge service, and digitized files can be transferred to on-demand cyberspace via cloud services. Bio design also is making leaps with new discoveries in repurposed textiles, imitating nature, while 3D printing makes it possible to prototype shoes, furniture, and even food. 

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Women: Seventies shapes, with oversized, high-neck tops cut from classic denim, or high-waist, deep-cuffed pants. Patterns on leather give a raised 3D effect, and studded handbags carry with it the post-punk aesthetic. Neo-conservative silhouettes with peek-a-boo details, such as updated pencil skirts with cropped blouses, ladylike gloves with biker details, and classic pumps leave something to the imagination. A splash of seductive red and softer brick reds are exciting for junior’s accessories. The Glastonbury Festival in the UK brings with it a flashback to Woodstock, with girls wearing flowers in their hair, but with a modern twist on fashions and shades.   

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Men: Experimental shapes, textures and materials redefine the role menswear is playing in the context of the traditional. Rockabilly Teddy Boy looks gives a nod to David Bowie with glitzy retro rock swag. Black leather and sequins and a flash of red lipstick conjure the male peacock, with a show of provocative attitude. On the other side of the spectrum, an ethnic/tribal trend continues with geometric shapes taking center stage, as seen in the classic Converse high-tops reworked in African fabrics. Eclectic pattern abstractions in sweater knits and unexpected mixes in color and texture reinforce global influences and promote an emerging self-awareness and interest in our Ethnic roots. 

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Whitaker Chair and Ottoman by Jonathan Adler

Interiors: A soft palette inspires dreamy tones of pastel pink, mint green, chalky blue, and buttery white. For a punch of color, a palette of indigo and violet is a dynamic key. Bold color blocking, zigzags, and stripes inform a graphic influence on furniture and materials. Retro, midcentury shapes reinforced by the Mad Men series, are going strong with a contemporary spin on the past. Segmented and sectioned sofas and chairs call to the sixties, in bright blasts of red, emerald green, and royal blue. Geometric honeycomb shapes in tables and chairs, sofas and credenzas takes design to an almost three dimensional level.

Information and analysis for the Style Report is derived from staff review of a variety of trend publications and observation of our community’s zeitgeist. For more information contact the FIDM Library and get your style on!

Jun

05
2013

From the FIDM Library: The #LibrarianIsIn

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Working on a tough research project? Need ideas for a new book to read? Just wanna chat? The FIDM Library is debuting a new feature on Twitter… The Librarian is in!

The FIDM Library Twitter team is available for live reference questions every Wednesday from noon - 2 p.m. Whether you are searching for resources or wrestling with which database to use, the Twitter team is poised to respond to your library needs! Simply mention us on Twitter @FIDM_Library or follow along with the hashtag #LibrarianIsIn.

The beauty of #LibrarianIsIn is that one person’s reference question can assist many. Fielding reference queries in a public forum such as Twitter provides optimal troubleshooting for all our fashionable followers. Twitter also allows students from all campuses, industry professionals, alumni, and general public the opportunity to ask those burning questions from anywhere in the world!

Worried that 140 characters isn't enough? Simply DM us your email address, and a Library staff member will get back to you with a more detailed response. Got a question that just can't wait? Send it to us at library@fidm.edu and a Library reference staff member will respond within 24-48 hours! Additionally, we're happy to meet with you one-on-one. Get in touch with us about scheduling a library research appointment.

We love hearing from you all, so please send us your feedback on this new service! Can’t wait to tweet with you all!

May

23
2013

From the FIDM Library: National Library Month Contest Winner

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In keeping with our motto that “inspiration is everywhere,” we wanted to share a very special event held at our San Diego campus library that demonstrates just that. As mentioned in a previous post, April was National Library Month and each FIDM Library held events to recognize the occasion. Students at the San Diego campus library participated in a very unique design contest in which they were required to use library materials as their inspiration. Seven students participated in this event and their entries were nothing less than amazing. In fact, amazing doesn’t come close to describe the creativity, innovation and talent of our FIDM students! Please take a look at each entry and offer congratulations to this year’s winner: Jasmin Santiago for her entry titled, “Library Cat.” Enjoy!

Jasmin Santiago, Fashion Design Major
Title: “Library Cat”
Format: Painting
Materials: Acrylic paint on stretched canvas
Inspired by: Gothic Art Now & All Things Alice (books) & pink fur swatch

May

13
2013

From the FIDM Library: Guest Speakers Help Celebrate National Library Month

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April was National Library Month and the FIDM Libraries held events to recognize the occasion. For example, the Orange County campus library teamed up with Student Activities to host guest speaker Shelley Minnis, senior consumer specialist for Prismacolor, one of the most popular professional art and drawing supply companies in the business. Students were each given free Prismacolor products and were able to watch live demonstrations of a real artist working with professional tools.

The Los Angeles and San Francisco campuses hosted speakers from two premier trend forecasting services: Nicole Guarascio from Stylesight,  and Janna Stark from Promostyl. In addition, the LA campus hosted a second guest speaker, attorney Robert F. Helfing, who presented valuable insight to the recent "red sole" case between Christian Louboutin and YSL.  Mr. Helfing also discussed trademarks, copyrights and patents and their relevancy to the creative industries. And finally, the San Diego campus library developed a design contest inviting students to use library materials as their inspiration. Please see a future blog post for more information on this special event, including images of the fabulous entries!

Apr

16
2013

From the FIDM Library: Inspiration Is Everywhere

 

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We admit that there are days when inspiration is hard to find. But we also say that inspiration is everywhere, and here is one such example. FIDM San Diego Library staff member Jesse Negrete recently went to the movies to see Oz, the Great and Powerful. His intention was to watch a highly-recommended film, but he left with his creativity pool so full of inspiration that he rendered these quick thumbnail costume sketches with a ball point pen and colored pencils. 

Jesse said, “I was struck by the way in which the film’s costumes paid tribute to the great fashion designers of the 20th century including Gilbert Adrian, Hubert de Givenchy, Thierry Mugler, Giorgio Armani, and Alexander McQueen.  Each character’s costume fit their personality perfectly.  I was also very intrigued by the classic costume details like corseting, fitted sleeves, lustrous fabrics, and embellishments.”  Look for Jesse’s complete movie review of Oz the Great and Powerful on FIDM.edu.  He researched the following books for his movie review: Extreme Beauty the Body Transformed, The Golden Age of Haute Couture, and Alexander McQueen: Genius of a Generation. All of these books can be found at the FIDM Library.

Mar

20
2013

From the FIDM Library: Oui Tweet!

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Each week, the FIDM Library twitter team offers a vast array of fashionably relevant information.  Whether we are highlighting Library resources or quizzing your fashion knowledge, our tweets please all with appetites for fashion, graphics, business, design and more!

The Library twitter team consists of Brittany (San Francisco), Jennifer (Los Angeles), Nestle (San Diego) and Valerie (Orange County).  Our individual styles collaborate quite nicely, rendering an ever extending reach on twitter.  The FIDM Library twitter account has attracted over 1,000 followers.  Students, faculty, staff, alumni and fashionistas all heed the FIDM Library daily tweets.

The library’s resources provide us with endless material to share with our avid followers.  In one moment you may espy an especially inspiring trend forecast.  In the next moment you may be asked to name Jackie Kennedy’s fashion designer.  Books, periodicals, trend forecasts, databases, innovative materials, vintage patterns and audiovisual materials are all enthusiastically shared on the twitter terrain.

The FIDM Library invites you to expand your fashion horizons and be a savvy fashionista by following our tweets.   Dial into the latest and greatest fashion resources.  Follow the FIDM Library account to stay on top of Library and campus events and news.  Oui tweet!     

Feb

11
2013

From the FIDM Library: Don't Miss the Latest Book, Magazine, Film & Website Reviews

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Is your New Year's resolution to read more? Looking for new inspiration online? Not sure what movie to watch this weekend? Look no further than the FIDM Library reviews! Each month, FIDM Librarians and library staff select four noteworthy resources: one book, one magazine, one film, and one website. 

So why should you read our reviews? As creative professionals or aspiring designers in any field, you need to stay on top of current events, art, trends, and pop culture. We’re here to help you find some of the best new fashion designers, artists and trendsetters. Plus we can show you the blogs and magazines you should be following!

Our goal is to highlight the latest and greatest in film, print, and on the web, but we also want to inspire you! So many successful designers and artists find inspiration from art and history. Open a book, watch a new movie, or find a cool website… who knows what you’ll create!

We want to hear your voice too! Let us know what we should be covering on our monthly reviews. Email us at library@fidm.edu or tweet us @FIDM_Library.

Jan

28
2013

From the FIDM Library: Gazette du Bon Ton (1912-1925)

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The FIDM Library is known for its current, forward-looking trend resources, but what about cutting-edge trends 100 years ago? Three years of issues of one of the best extant examples of this, a French magazine called Gazette du Bon Ton printed from 1912 to 1925, are part of Special Collections, and are available for Library visitors to view by request at the Information Desk. Each issue includes partially hand-painted illustrations of designs by couturiers such as Poiret and Lanvin, where the beautiful garments are worn in their ideal context. In one example, mother and daughter leave the outdoor party with their coordinated couture just as dusk is cooling the colors of the garden into deep jewel tones, and in another, the perfect black lace evening gown turns the late-night party mishap of a lost shoe into a stylish fairy tale. In another example, head-to-toe pink is so timeless against the night sky that a break for fresh air from a party in 1920 has a surprisingly modern feel.

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To browse through more, please follow the links in our catalog here and scroll down to view the list of issues that can be requested at the Information Desk.

Contributed by Assistant Librarian, Special Collections, Caroline Bautista. 

Dec

12
2012

From the FIDM Library: Innovative and Sustainable Design Ideas

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With the increased focus on the environment and discussion about carbon footprints and such, who couldn’t use a little help when it comes to making informed choices when it comes to innovative design? If you feel a little lost about how to get started, your FIDM Library is here to help.

The Material ConneXion Wall at the LA Library offers a great place to get those creative, innovative design ideas going! You can start with the “Wall,” a rotating collection of 100 innovative, sustainable materials that designers across multiple creative fields (fashion, interior, product development, etc) are using to create products that consumers are demanding now. Alongside the “Wall” is a tablet kiosk that can also be used to not only learn more about the materials on display, but also to access the Material ConneXion online database of 7,000 (and growing) materials. Accessible at all FIDM campuses, the Material ConneXion database offers students access to the complete Material ConneXion library and can be used to investigate questions relating to: material descriptions, material characteristics, usage properties and processing as well as manufacturer and distributor contact information.

Brainstorming ideas on developing a product line focused on using sustainable materials? Visit the Material ConneXion Wall at the LA Library, or search the Material ConneXion database available to all currently-enrolled students through the FIDM Portal.

The FIDM Library offers a variety of academic and industry resources available to students, alumni, and industry researchers. Contact the Library to learn more!

Nov

22
2012

From the FIDM Library: Visionaire: Inspiration with a Capital “V”

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It’s easy to say that “inspiration is everywhere.” No matter how true that sounds, what’s required is the “vision” to perceive it. Hello, Visionaire! Visionaire is “a multi-format album of fashion and art produced in exclusive limited editions.” The FIDM Library maintains the entire set of published Visionaire whose number currently stands at 62. Each edition focuses on a specific theme such as love, power, surprise, heaven, and more. Contributions come from a variety of artists, fashion designers, and other notable personalities. Formats include miniature toys, flip books, wildflower seed embossed cards, pop-up books, and more. Each edition is unique and celebrates the concept of inspiration.

Look at any Visionaire and your creative vision and perception of the "everyday" will be forever changed.

Image: Visionaire 62 features a series of 3D images interpreting Rio. 

The FIDM Library offers a variety of academic and industry resources available to students, alumni, and industry researchers. Contact the Library (library@fidm.edu) to learn more!

Nov

15
2012

From the FIDM Library: Our Incredible Vogue Archive

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The FIDM Library isn't your ordinary library. What makes us different from the rest? Our resources and YOU. We have so many great resources to support most research inquiries; it's difficult to choose just one. But because we don't want to overwhelm you, we'll start with one that we think you'll enjoy.

Do you like Vogue? Who doesn't like Vogue? Well, then you will LOVE Vogue Archive, which is included in the FIDM Library's online database collection. Vogue Archive provides access to not only the most current issue, but ALL issues dating back to its inaugural issue published in 1892! Want to see what was the latest fashion trend in 1910? Want to know how many times Cameron Diaz was on the cover? No problem! The answers to these questions and more are at your fingertips with Vogue Archive. Want to learn more? Visit, call, or email us. We're here to help!

Image: Vogue.com. Vogue, November 1988; Anna Wintour’s first Vogue cover. It was also the first time a model wore jeans on a Vogue cover! Read more about this cover in Anna's own words

The FIDM Library offers a variety of academic and industry resources available to students, alumni, and industry researchers. Contact the Library (library@fidm.edu) to learn more!

Aug

27
2012

Industrywatch: Doneger Group Describes Fashion's Future at FIDM LA

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Elegant designs for the elderly, techno textiles, and bold, imaginative accessories are just a few of the trends we can expect to see more of predicts The Doneger Group's David Wolfe, fresh from his week at MAGIC, the apparel industry trade show. The industry veteran gave a lively presentation at FIDM LA, featuring pictures from his company's exclusive trend reports, available by subscription only and at the FIDM Library. The most important change in fashion, according to Creative Director Wolfe, is that trends no longer have a beginning and end date dictated by haute couture. Instead, many trends are expressed and interpreted by designers simultaneously, making fashion shifts more subtle. In the near future, Wolfe was most excited about the move towards bright colors like orange and blue; silhouettes emphasizing big, curvy shoulders and hips; simpler unadorned styles that emphasize craftsmanship; and new innovative textiles he called "Sci fi."

Interested in designing cutting edge textiles? Did you know that FIDM offers a major in Textile Design?

Jul

10
2012

Tuesday Tour: Vintage Vogue Magazine Archive

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That's right! The FIDM Library has every Vogue magazine that's been printed--all the way back to 1938. The Library has many publications that also date back to the early 1900s. They can be viewed upon request through assistance from a librarian. Students in every major from Fashion Design to Graphic Design can benefit from these archives. Fashion students can gather ideas for future designs influenced by the past and those in Graphics have the opportunity to see how they could put an old-school twist on a new advertising campaign.

Tuesday Tour is a weekly series by Chase Vance, FIDM Student (IMPD) & Grad (Apparel Industry Management).

Jun

19
2012

Tuesday Tour: FIDM Library

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Welcome to the Library! First, let's check out the Media Lounge... From runway shows and documentaries on designers and fashion companies to many other resources, the library has thousands of digital files in the media lounge that can be checked out just like a book. Grab a seat and do homework in the Media Lounge too!

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Tuesday Tour is a weekly series by Chase Vance, FIDM Student (IMPD) & Grad (Apparel Industry Management)

May

25
2012

IMPD Alumna Works for Darling Magazine and in Fashion Law

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International Manufacturing & Product Development Alumna Mercedes Curran has an exciting career with Darling magazine and works in fashion law. We recently caught up with Mercedes to learn more.

Tell us about Darling Magazine. Darling Magazine was started by two of my dearest friends, Sarah Dubbledam and Kelli Lane, when they were in college. They saw a major lack in current media to reach the deeper aspects of life for women and decided to create a magazine that would aim to make a change. I was brought on the team about four years ago to help with creative direction and content.

We have over 70 contributing writers and counting, as well as a huge community of women who are involved with the movement. I currently manage the Stylist section, assist with creative direction, as well as managing community relations. We launched our Kickstarter campaign May 1st and raised all of our funds to go to print in September!

Tell us a little about the fashion research you do for a law firm. While I was in my third year Advanced Study Program at FIDM, one of my instructors, Gabrielle Golddaper, hired me to assist her with the legal research she does. Gabrielle is an apparel expert whom law firms refer to for expert opinions within the fashion law. We have continued a long professional relationship with me assisting her on a number of cases, some including clients such as Guess? and Hudson Denim.

We primarily work on copyright and trademark infringement cases, using apparel industry and current marketplace knowledge to provide evidence for our attorneys. In addition to very much enjoying working for Gabrielle, she has become a dear friend and personal mentor. With this as part of my portfolio I was referred by FIDM’s Career Center to another law firm, Call & Jensen. I continue to do research for them, searching digitally, within libraries, as well as traveling. I thoroughly enjoy this as part of my career life as it enables me to work with flexibility and new projects.

How did FIDM help prepare you for either or both careers? Where do I start with FIDM preparing me? With regards to my legal research I can put to work my knowledge of historical fashion and understanding of the current marketplace to enable the law firms to best defend their clients. In addition to understanding the industry as a whole I could not be more grateful for the use of the library and wonderful staff there. I am so thankful that it is available to me as a FIDM Alumni.

For Darling, everything from my ability to be inspired by and evaluate fashion and individual style, to working in Adobe, to marketing an idea to being able to publicly present that idea. Having a variety of skills from my Merchandise Product Development and then International Manufacturing and Product Development Programs have enabled me to believe that if we can dream it we can achieve it.

I know how to look at an end goal and then break it down into actions we can take to make it happen. There are so many experiences and opportunities that I never expected to have in life; I truly love what I do and believe that is what success looks like. I look at the future with such excitement. I thank FIDM for much of that.

May

22
2012

Patagonia Rep Speaks at Innovative Materials Conference

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Patagonia representative Elissa Loughman visited the Downtown LA campus on Wednesday, as part of the week-long annual Innovative Materials Conference whose theme this year is Recycle, Reuse, Reinvent! The event, hosted by the library and FIDM Alumni Association, showcased an exhibit of cutting edge textiles curated by Kristine Upesleja, Textile/Interior Material Manager of the FIDM library. Standouts in the show included a solar-powered ultrasuede rain jacket with pockets that can recharge your cell phone, a crinkly white indestructible Tyvek tent coat, and a beautifully tailored men's jacket made of thousands of glass microspheres that shine in the dark.

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Loughman told the fascinating story of Patagonia's founder Yvon Chouinard, and how he started his business 40 years ago forging tools for mountain climbers that would not damage the rocks by leaving holes. As a member of the company's Environmental Department, she explained the planning that goes into creating a supply chain that adheres to the outdoor apparel company's philosphy of not harming the environment.

She discussed five textiles that Patagonia employs for its durable garments: organic cotton, recycled polyester, hemp, chlorine-free wool, and tencel lyocell. To learn more about the Ventura-based firm's recycling initiatives and its unique returns policy visit the website.

May

01
2012

Attend the 3rd Annual Innovative Materials Conference at FIDM

Picture 1You're invited to attend the 3rd annual innovative materials conference, Recycle, Reuse, Reinvent! from May 14-18, 2012, hosted by the FIDM Library and curated by Textile/Interior Materials Manager Kristine Upesleja. Held in The Annex of the L.A. campus, view an exhibit of the latest eco-friendly innovations in the textiles and materials industries, and be inspired by experts in the field.

On Wednesday, May 16, 2012, there will be a special reception where you can hear guest speaker Elissa Loughman from Patagonia, enjoy refreshments, and network with FIDM Alumni and industry professionals. RSVP by May 15, 2012 to cshay@fidm.com.

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Apr

16
2012

Stylesight Trend Director Visits Downtown Campus

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Stylesight West Coast Trend Director Lyndsey Wong explained how the prestigious trend forecasting company does its research on her visit to the downtown LA campus on Monday. As part of the “Meet the Trendsetters” series of lunchtime talks organized by the library, Wong enthralled FIDM Students with the fascinating story of how the subscription-based Internet service filters the scads of information it receives from correspondents all over the world and turns it into the polished reports and valuable predictions it delivers to its global client base.

Using images from the forecasts for Fall/Winter 2013, Wong said researchers and editors organized their seasonal predictions around four major categories for 2013: Migration, Outré, Just, and Marvel. The common thread driving the trends is society’s reaction to new technology and the need to slow down and disconnect. Big trends expressing those cultural currents are: a return to craftsmanship and modesty including classics like Burberry and Hermes, extreme elitism as already seen at private clubs in New York and Paris, and androgyny as seen on this season’s runways at Givenchy.

Wong shared her own career story: She started as a correspondent with the company five years ago from Milan, where she was getting her Master’s in fashion design and taking street photos. She worked her way up to Editor, then Trend Director, moving to LA two years ago. In her current role, she analyzes the way her company's information relates to her clients’ needs. Good teamwork, says Wong, is always the element that ties it all together.

Wong’s Tips for Future Trend Forecasters:

  • Have your eyes open all the time.
  • See what’s selling on the floor at your favorite stores.
  • See what’s on the street.
  • Take notes about recommended books, movies, art shows. Check them out.
  • Pay attention to Pinterest.
  • Do your own research; don’t trust what everyone is saying.
  • Trust your gut instincts. Even if you’re wrong, you’ll learn something.

 

Did you know that all FIDM Students have access to exclusive subscription trend reports like Stylesight? Are you interested in a career in trend forecasting? Learn more about the Visual Communications major at FIDM.

 

Jan

05
2012

The Top 10 Reasons Students Love the FIDM Library!

11247j_Library_DSC_5523Here's why FIDM Students love the incredible FIDM Library:

1. It has Fashion and Interior Design trend predictives for up to 18 months in advance.

2. There are fashion show videos from the past & present featuring famous designers.

3. The collection of over 2.5 million print and electronic titles encompasses all subject areas, with emphasis on fashion, interior design, retailing, and costumes.

4. They have access to fabric swatch archives.

5. The rare books and periodicals room (think vintage fashion) is swoon-worthy.

6. The Library subscribes to over 160 international and national magazines.

7. All the top industry trade journals are readily available.

8. They can access Visionaire, a multi-format album of fashion and art produced three to four times a year in exclusive limited editions.

9. An unparalleled resource, the Workroom contains a sample collection of wall coverings, window treatments, flooring, and upholstery.

10. The amazing 10,000 piece permanent study collection consists of significant clothing from the late 19th century to the present day!

For more information on the FIDM Library, read FIDM Trendwatch: The Ultimate Style Library.

Dec

28
2011

FIDM Trendwatch: The Ultimate Style Library

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10380j_Library Reference Desk_DSC_2665In our latest Trendwatch, we thought we'd take you behind the scenes to experience how we research and track the trends we share with you each month. Our not-s0-secret weapon? It's the incredible FIDM Library--the largest specialized fashion library in the western United States. (Famous Fashion Designers even visit the FIDM Library to do research for their collections. Shhhh!) Besides its vast collection of books, periodicals, and trade publications, the Library is noted for its Textile Division and Interior Design Workroom, both of which give FIDM Students exclusive access to materials and industry resources to complete their class projects.

Top 10 Reasons FIDM Students Love the FIDM Library

1. It has Fashion and Interior Design trend predictives for up to 18 months in advance.

2. There are fashion show videos from the past & present featuring famous designers.

3. The collection of over 2.5 million print and electronic titles encompasses all subject areas, with emphasis on fashion, interior design, retailing, and costumes.

4. They have access to fabric swatch archives.

5. The rare books and periodicals room (think vintage fashion) is swoon-worthy.

6. The Library subscribes to over 160 international and national magazines.

7. All the top industry trade journals are readily available.

8. They can access Visionaire, a multi-format album of fashion and art produced three to four times a year in exclusive limited editions.

9. An unparalleled resource, the Workroom contains a sample collection of wall coverings, window treatments, flooring, and upholstery.

10. The amazing 10,000 piece permanent study collection consists of significant clothing from the late 19th century to the present day!

For more information on the FIDM Library, visit FIDM.edu.

Mar

02
2011

Innovative Materials & Textile Conference Held at FIDM

11039j_Reuse Recycle Reinvent Event_Sandra Garratt_DSC_8199-Edit The FIDM Library and Alumni Relations presented three days of guest speakers and textile displays at the 2nd Annual Innovative Materials & Textile Conference, "Recycle, Reuse, Reinvent!" held recently on FIDM's Los Angeles campus.

Guest speakers discussed the latest eco-friendly and sustainable textiles and materials on the market. And students were invited to examine upclose these remarkable new materials available to designers.

The roster of speakers included FIDM Instructors and other industry professionals, including Taryn Hipwell, Julianne Pfister, Mallory Curlee, Rose Tourje, Sandra Garratt, Mike Farid, Susanna Schick, and Anna Mkhitarian.

Sustainable design was a common theme among the speakers.

FIDM Alumna Sandra Garrett (pictured above) is the Design Director at SilvrLining.com. She recently collaborated with with Project Runway designer, Andrae Gonzalo, among others, to create The Go Collection—urban outerwear that utilizes solar power for personal mobile devices.

Taryn Hipwell is an Instructor and Eco-Makeover Specialist at FIDM and has her own site EcoDivasTV.com. She has worked in both film and fashion for David Zucker and Anna Sui, and at the conference, she addressed sustainable design in terms of humanity, the environment, and the economy.

Julianne Pfister talked about eco-friendly packaging trends in the beauty industry. And Mallory Curlee introduced the topic of upcycling fashion—with her handmade, eco-friendly swimwear line, CurleeBikini.

Interior design was another topic of discussion when it comes to sustainability. FIDM Alumna Rose Tourje, discussed the evolution of ANEW, a non-profit she founded in 2005 dedicated to expanding Social Sustainability® through education and leadership. She highlighted the importance of sourcing locally, recycling and re-purposing, and the design and manufacture of sustainable products.

The event was a huge success. Free and open to all students, all seats were filled each day of the program. The conference moves to the San Diego campus this summer, July 19-20, and to the San Francisco campus in August, with guest speakers to be determined.

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This exhibit was curated by Kristine Upesleja, FIDM's Textile/Interior Materials Manager. She has extensively researched and diligently collected these innovative materials over the past three years. FIDM Instructors invite her to give special presentations to their classes on these new textiles throughout the year. Students can find her in the Textiles Workroom in the Library, and can examine in person the latest materials on the market, including fabrics made from coconut, banana, milk protein, used coffee grounds, and crab shells. Her goal is to establish the largest materials collection on the West Coast. Free handouts describing these materials are available in the FIDM Library.

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Oct

26
2010

FIDM Library's Collection of Unique Fabrics Featured in L.A. Magazine

The FIDM Library's permanent collection is highlighted in the Ask Chris column in the November issue of Los Angeles magazine. Chris writes:

You can see... blue socks made from skimmed, dried, and bioengineered milk (smooth and slippery), a skein of Dungeness crab (like spider silk), and recycled cassette tapes spun into a mini-dress (think burlap with a beat).

To read the full article, click on the photo below.

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May

13
2010

Library Speaker Series: The Doneger Group On Fall 2010 Fashion Trends

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The final guest in FIDM's week-long Library Speaker Series was David Wolfe, the Creative Director of The Doneger Group—a well-respected trend predictive service in the fashion industry. FIDM Students were treated to a fantastic presentation on the Fall 2010 fashion trends.

He covered four main themes: sensational, sophisticated, simple, and sensible.

Some runway shows are all about entertainment value and promoting the label. People will most likely not be wearing these "sensational" pieces.

Mr. Wolfe has noticed a definite trend in the way of sophistication. These are the clothes that are elegant but are careful not to reference the past. He gave Lanvin as an example.

As a backlash to embellishment, one fall trend is simplicity—with simple lines and an absence of ornamentation.

And finally, Mr. Wolfe pointed out that sensible clothing is salable. The need for "department store" clothing is not going away.

Colors for fall include dramatic darks like film noir greys and vintage burgundy. Pop out colors to look for are purple, orange, and bright cobalt blue.

May

07
2010

Library Speaker Series: Style Section L.A.

DSCF8913-Edit Erin Weinger, Co-Founder and Publisher of Style Section L.A., came out to FIDM recently to share her fashion blogging experiences with FIDM Students, as part of the week-long Library Speaker Series.

She told the inspiring story of how she got started in the fashion industry—passion, hard work, dedication, and networking!

Style Section L.A. is a blog reporting on the fashion and arts scene in and around Los Angeles. 

Erin says, "I like to go and live my life and find cool stuff along the way and write about it."

May

06
2010

Library Speaker Series: True Religion Brand Jeans

6a00d83452491d69e20133ed4dff0e970b-piEach year the FIDM Library hosts the Library Speaker Series where industry leaders are invited to come out and speak to students on a variety of topics. True Religion Brand Jeans kicked off the week's events with an incredibly informative discussion about developing and protecting a brand.

Deborah Greaves, Secretary & General Counsel of True Religion, and Sandy Beattie, Brand Protection Manager, shared firsthand knowledge about their experience with trademarks and copyrighting.

Students learned the difference between a "word mark" and a "stylized mark." Deborah also presented on the subjects of the registration process and how to protect a mark.

Mar

25
2010

Stylesight Comes to FIDM

Picture 2Representatives from Stylesight.com came out to FIDM recently to give a presentation on the Fall/Winter 2011 Trends. That's right—2011! Predictive trend publications work far in advance so designers can get to work on their collections.

At the high level: paint splash prints (think Impressionism); color palette includes neutral tones like mushroom, clay, and alabaster; patchwork in denim; waxed canvas; antique metallics; 3D forms (just like 3D is getting huge in film, it's hitting fashion too); fish leather; and organic influences...just to name a few.

Stylesight.com is an amazing resources. They not only report on trends, but they also provide runway analyses, flat sketches, celebrity fashion reports, trade show updates, and so much more.

Stylesight.com is a virtual playground for Visual Communications students. You can search through window displays for so many cities. Want to see what's in the window for Bottega Veneta in Milan? How about Bebesh in Sao Paulo? It's amazing.

FIDM Alumna Courtney Schultz works at Stylesight.com as a Site Genius. She says, "I love being in a position to work with so many different companies. The amazing thing about trend is that it affects all markets, not just fashion. [Stylesight] gives trend direction to everyone from paint companies to skate companies, and everything in between. The great part about the position I'm in, is that I get to be the student and soak up trend like a sponge. I am very happy and I can't wait to see where my path will lead me."

FIDM Students have access to Stylesight.com as well as so many other online resources like WWD and WGSN. Not only that, the FIDM Library subscribes to over $100,000 worth of predictive trend publications in a single year. Some of the subs are $7,000 for just two books. Excellent research opportunities.

Stylesight.com gave the presentation in the FIDM Library and lunch was served.

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