10 Top Fashion Videos For Prada, Chanel & More

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Need a quick jolt of visual inspiration? In addition to the current or soon-to-be-released feature films on Dior, Yves St. Laurent, and she of the big accessories, New Yorker Iris Apfel, Business of Fashion has compiled their top 10 designer videos of the season. Top picks include Chanel with Pharrell Wiliams and Cara Delevingne, and Kendall Jenner for Dazed & Confused. The Dior video was shot in that exotic fashion locale—the Los Angeles suburbs.



5 Recent Beauty Program Grads and Their Glam Industry Jobs

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FIDM's Beauty Industry Merchandising and Marketing program prepares students to enter and move up in the industry that helps us all look our best each day. Here are a few recent success stories.

Alyssa Johnson is Product Development Coordinator at GLAMGLOW.

Grace Lim is Associate Marketing Manager at Hourglass Cosmetics.

Sasha Lee is Marketing Coordinator at Commodity.

Louie Lopez is Product Marketing Coordinator at GLAMGLOW.

Rachelle Pons is Social Media/PR Assistant at Josie Maran Cosmetics.



10 Recent FIDM VisComm Grads with Great Careers in Fashion & Entertainment

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A Visual Communications degree from FIDM can go many places in the fashion and entertainment industries. Here are just a few examples of the opportunities open to recent FIDM Grads.

Abigail Valentine Gallen (pictured above) is a Costume Assistant on Grey's Anatomy.

Tiffany Royston is a Junior Buyer at Shasa boutique.

Lotta Luolamo is an in-demand entertainment industry Stylist.

Jordan Fox has launched e-commerce site Novus Pulchra.

Sivan Vardi and her partner have launched Styled by Noir, a unique online styling and e-commerce site.

Janinna Figueroa has her own line of bridal designs, featured on The Knot.

Alicia Romo started her own fashion boutique.

Brittany Bush is a Visual Manager for Free People.

Chanelle Kerr has launched e-commerce site SaVous.

Kaitlyn Wood's work as a Hollywood Set Decorator has appeared in feature films The Artist and Hitchcock.



32 Fashion Quotes to Inspire Your Day


Searching for inspiration to send your favorite fashionista?  How about a quote from Suzanne Collins's The Hunger Games? “I'm sure they didn't notice anything but you. You should wear flames more often,’ he says. ‘They suit you.'"

Check the crisp, cute list at Refinery 29 with wise words ranging from Grace Coddington and Diana Vreeland to Simon Doonan, David Sedaris and Edith Wharton! Pure fun.



Trendwatch: Top 6 Sustainable Big Brands

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FIDM Instructor Taryn Hipwell highlights six global companies that take their green initiatives seriously: 

Nike has been running the Re-Use-a-Shoe Program since 1990.

H & M Conscious Collection is the fast retailers important contribution to saving the planet.

Timberland is a pioneer in creating and sourcing green textiles for their garments.

Patagonia takes returns of its old garments for use in its recycling program.

Adidas, Nike, and Puma have all signed up for the Green Peace Detox program to make their industrial practices cleaner.



From the Intern's Desk: How to Stay Humble After Each Success


As college students who are beginning to accomplish their goals and achieve more great things, it's important to shed away feelings of entitlement, and remember to keep ourselves strongly grounded. It is very easy to lose sight of what is right and what is wrong when you successfully achieve your dreams. There are several ways to humbly shed that sticky sense of pride.Regardless of your place in life, here are a few suggestions for learning to function as a less-entitled person.

Be Grateful

Rather than being full of arrogance and pride, try being grateful for the things you have. Don't forget those who helped you achieve this status and be thankful for having them in your life. This feeling of gratitude will humble you and help you remember your journey to all of your successes. 

Remember Where You Started

Remember your journey. Many of us come from humble beginnings. We make something of ourselves through the pursuit of hard work, persistence, integrity, and a bit of good luck. Yes, you have every right to be proud of the success that you've earned, but don't forget to be considerate of others who are still on their journey. 

Adjust Expectations

After we reach a certain point in our successes, we subconsciously subscribe to the belief that we no longer need to work as hard to get what we want. We graduate from college believing our countless hours of studying should earn us a fulfilling job, only to be discouraged when we enter a saturated job market. Don't expect applause for your success and avoid facing your failures.

Grasp Reality

In order to humbly grasp reality, turn your focus to the importance of others. By valuing the needs of others as well as your own, it will be easier to accept the things that don't always go your way. Don't let anyone discourage you from having extremely ambitious dreams, but also make sure you understand the process it will take to achieve them.

Take Ownership and Responsibility

It's common among those with an entitled mindset to avoid taking ownership of their actions. No decision is made without consequence. As difficult as it may be to be accountable for the work that we take on, taking responsibility fosters growth and self-respect. 

Coming to you from the intern's desk,

FIDM Student, Mariya Dondonyan

Follow Mariya on her personal blog, The Gracious Lady.



10 Transfer Students Who Followed Their Passions to FIDM

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"I had always wanted to attend FIDM straight out of high school, but the idea of moving over 3,000 miles from home was daunting at the time; it took me over three years and another college degree to make the jump," says Visual Communications major Julia Mickus who transferred from the University of Toronto, Canada.

Here are nine more successful transfers. Follow their stories on the FIDM blog.

Victoria Hayes from Penn State is studying Visual Communications.

Mariah McKenzie from Arizona State is studying Visual Communications.

Alumna Kelsey Farrer from NYU studied Merchandise Product Development and is working as a designer at Guess.

Courtney Hofstetler from George Fox University is taking Merchandise Marketing.

Cory Morinishi from UC Riverside is studying Graphic Design.

Kathryn Donaldson from Michigan State is majoring in Beauty Industry Merchandising and Marketing at "one of the only schools in the country who offers the major."

Esther Chung from NYU is studying Footwear Design.

Calise Chang from UC Irvine is studying Apparel Industry Management.

Kyndel Link from Oregon State University is studying Merchandise Marketing

Curious about what it takes to transfer to FIDM? Join us for an evening Transfer Information Session where you'll have the opportunity to discuss course transferability, obtain financial aid information, explore 22 creative and business majors, and hear about FIDM's Career Center resources. Campus tours will also be available. Learn more.



Study Tours: 10 Quotes to Inspire a Trip to Paris

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The city of light (and romance and croissants) has been inspiring writers, filmmakers, and fashion students forever. These bon mots capture the importance of a first trip to Paris.

"We'll always have Paris." Casablanca

"Whoever does not visit Paris regularly, will never really be elegant." Honore de Balzac

"I love Paris when it sizzles." Cole Porter

"If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast." Ernest Hemingway

"Paris is a seminar, a post-graduate course in Everything." James Thurber

"Secrets travel fast in Paris." Napoleon

"In Paris, you can buy beer at McDonalds. You know what they call a Quarter Pounder with Cheese in Paris?...A Royale with cheese." Pulp Fiction

"It's midnight. One half of Paris is making love to the other half." Ninotchka

"A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of life." Thomas Jefferson

"I am the man who accompanied Jacqueline Kennedy to Paris." John F. Kennedy

FIDM Students: To join the FIDM Study Tour to Paris and other tours, go to the FIDM Portal.



From the Intern's Desk: 5 Ways to Get in the Holiday Spirit


Take this time of year to savor every moment of the holiday season; slow down, unplug, and enjoy the Christmas cheer. Here are five ways to easily get into the holiday season!


Bake Christmas Cookies

There's nothing like experimenting with fun flavors like cinnamon, peppermint, and pumpkin cookies in delightful holiday shaped cookies like reindeers, Santas, snowflakes and candy canes. Make an event of preparing and baking cookies, and enjoy the delicious smell of Christmas cookies filling the house.


Skate at L.A. Live

Strap on your skates, wear a festive scarf, and make a date out of ice skating. Being surrounded by other people who are just as excited to get in the holiday cheer, seeing the huge Christmas tree lit up and listening to Michael Buble sing you Christmas songs is the perfect way to get in the holiday spirit.


Write Christmas Cards

Don't rely on e-cards, spend the extra time to write a heartfelt card expressing your love and gratefulness for the people in your life. 


Start a New Tradition

Whether it's with your friends, or a new tradition you want to start with your family, create a fun new activity that will now always be part of the Christmas celebration. 


Drive Down the Grifith Park Christmas Lights Display

This annual light display is such a beautiful sight, you will surely be in the brightest, most jolly mood ever. It’s free–you just drive your vehicle down the lane and enjoy the bright, beautiful Christmas lights. 

Coming to you from the intern's desk,

FIDM Student, Mariya Dondonyan

Follow Mariya on her personal blog, The Gracious Lady.



The Top 10 FIDM Stories of 2013 Include BeautyBaby44, Tim Gunn & Pretty Little Liars


Tim Gunn's new fashion competition show filming at FIDM, new FIDM Student BeautyBaby44, and a student's internship with Pretty Little Liars Costume Designer and FIDM Grad Mandi Line were just a few of the FIDM stories that generated the most buzz in 2013! Here are the top 10: 

10. First Official Photos from the DEBUT Runway Show 2013

9. Kate Beckinsale, Isla Fisher, Ginnifer Goodwin, and Louise Roe Wear Monique Lhuillier on Oscar Night

8. New MPD Graduate Scores Dream Job at FIDM's Open Portfolio Day

 7. Two FIDM Grads to Compete on New Season of "Project Runway"

6. FIDM Alumna Priscilla Barroso to Compete on NBC's Fashion Star in 2013

5. Lacoste Awards FIDM Students and Alumni For Designing Polo Shirts of the Future

4. FIDM Student Johauna Mani Interns For FIDM Alumna and Pretty Little Liars Costume Designer Mandi Line

3. 18 Jobs Recent FIDM Grads Landed Right Out of College

2. New FIDM Beauty Student, Better Known as Beautybaby44, is a YouTube Star

1. Tim Gunn's New Show "Under the Gunn" Being Filmed at FIDM LA

Caption: Our interview with new FIDM Student BeautyBaby44 was the second most popular post of the year! 



10 Great Jobs Held by FIDM Merchandise Product Development Grads

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From couture to mass merchandise and everything in between, Merchandise Product Development majors have the creative and business skills to hit the ground running. Read about a selection of great jobs that FIDM Grads are currently rocking.

1. ModCloth, Assistant Tech Designer

2. Billabong, Design and Product Manager

3. Marine Layer, Tech Design Associate

4. Athleta, Product Development Coordinator

5. Z Supply, Assistant Designer

6. Guess, Assistant Designer

7. Helmut Lang, Fabric Merchandiser

8. Disney Stores, Assistant Buyer

9. Fossil, Product Development Manager

10. Fossil, Functional Lead PLM Program



Trendwatch: The 5 Top Juniors Market Influencers

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What do junior brands Chaser, Mink Pink, Jac Vanek, For Love & Lemons, and Dolce Vita have in common? According to trend forecaster WGSN, they are the companies to watch for what's next in the fast-moving junior market. We couldn't help but notice that four of the five fashion forward companies are California-based! Common threads? Tribal prints, bold colors, graphic T-shirts, rock festival looks.



Study Tours: 5 Shoe Lovers' Spots in Florence

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Florence, and the surrounding region, is home to Italy's leather artisans. You owe it to yourself to visit a few temples of fine Italian footwear while in town—and worship.

Palazzo Buondelmonti is the home of high fashion shoe darling Aquazzura's studio.

Gucci lovers can get an espresso and browse art books while ogling fab luggage and shoes. Ninety years of company history  as well as contemporary art and video are on display at the luxury brand's hometown museum.

Ferragamo's flagship on the elegant Via dei Tornabuoni houses a museum "dedicated to contemporary fashion culture in the widest sense." FIDM gets a special tour!

Casadei, a fashionista favorite brand, built a gorgeous modernist flagship to match its sensual design style on the primo Tornabuoni.

Via de' Calzaliuoli Shoes, and everything else, is for sale on this hectic market street that stretches from Piazza della Signoria to the Duomo.

FIDM Students: To join the Study Tour to Florence and learn more about other FIDM Study Tours go to the FIDM portal.

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From the Intern's Desk: 6 Tips for Getting Along with Your College Roommate(s)


Moving out of your parents' home and into your own place for the first time is a big step. Living with roommates is all part of the experience, but it can be unnerving to think about cohabiting with a complete stranger. It's important to build trust and a stable living environment with the person(s) you will be living with as this is your new home. Here are some tips to ensure that you all live happily together. 

1. Have a roommate agreement.


Whether it's a verbal agreement or physically put in writing, it's important to establish ground rules. Take this time to learn of roommates' living habits and take notes.

  • Is he/she a night owl or an early bird?

  • Is he/she a homebody or a social butterfly?
  • What are the rules for having guests in the apartment? 

  • What kind of environment will be conducive for studying?

  • What things will be shared? What's not okay to share?

Setting the ground rules from the beginning establishes the building blocks for the rest of the time you will spend being roommates. Be upfront about your expectations and stand by your boundaries. All these things apply to food, clothes, possessions, use of common areas, parties, loud activities, quiet hours, cleaning responsibilities, etc. 

2. Respect each others privacy.


It's crucial to respect others' belongings and to give them space when needed, especially when living in a small area. If you must borrow something, always ask--no matter how trivial the item--and definitely take good care of any borrowed items. 

3. Communicate.


Talk to each other. You live together! If there is an issue or tension between the two of you, speak about it. If you will be gone for the weekend, give your roommate a heads up. If there will be guests over, let the other know in advanced. There will be a lot of tension and uncomfortable living situations if things aren't discussed. Attack problems fast and you will have a better relationship. 

4. Clean up after yourself.


This is like your mother telling you to make sure your room is clean! But your living situation is different now; you're sharing a space with other students so be courteous and clean up after yourself--immediately. Also an important factor: define 'clean.' Everyone has a different version of 'clean' so make sure that it's established from the beginning. Agree on the standards that you will set for cleanliness and make sure to stick to them. 

5. Follow through with obligations.


If you agreed to have a cleaning schedule, make sure you follow through with your word. If you decide to split responsibilities like vacuuming, washing the dishes, cleaning the kitchen, or taking out the trash, make sure that is communicated. 

6. Find one thing in common.


Remember: you don't have to be best friends with your roommate. While getting along and establishing mutual respect is incredibly important, creating a connection is a big plus too. Find one thing in common you can do together, whether it is going out and trying new food at different restaurants every week, or going grocery shopping together, or attending art galleries, (living in LA, there are Art Walks every month you and your roommate can explore together) or what I did with my roommate--watch Project Runway together every Thursday. You don't have to spend every day with your roommates (we know you have a lot going on with school, work, and internships), but bonding once a week is good to establish a relationship.

Bonus: There's an app for that.
There really is an app for everything now! And one that is great for roommates is called Homeslice. It offers a whiteboard to be able to communicate and interact with your roommate. (Having a physical white board in your dorm/apartment may work too) The app also displays chores, keeps tracks of bills, and keeps track of the supplies that are always stocked. So it helps remind roommates whose turn it is to take out the trash or buy the next role of toilet paper without the discomfort of confronting the person to constantly remind them to do their chores.

Coming to you from the intern's desk,

FIDM Student, Mariya Dondonyan

Follow Mariya on her personal blog, The Gracious Lady.




Six Movies to Get You In the Mood for FIDM's Study Tour to Paris

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Paris—and France—has been a favorite location of filmmakers for a long time. Here are a few classics to help you picture the sparkling city of light, fashion, and romance.

Marie Antoinette (2006) If you haven't seen this visual extravaganza by Sofia Coppola, you owe it to yourself to indulge in all the colors, clothes, and macaroons of this sensual queen.

Chocolat (2000) Juliette Binoche, Johnny Depp, and chocolate. Need we say  more?  In this delightful fantasy set in a magical village you can practically taste the rich, dark chocolate.

Funny Face (1957) Edith Head and Givenchy collaborated on the costumes for this classic musical starring a young Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire in a May-December love story. The story of a fashion model and photographer is based on Vogue photographer Richard Avedon's early days in '50s Paris and super model Suzy Parker.

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Midnight in Paris (2011) Woody Allen's homage takes off on a young man's trippy time travel to the expat Paris of the 1920s.

Gigi (1958) This romantic retelling of the Colette story is set in Belle Époque Paris—with all the great landmarks primped for the camera, fabulous costumes, timeless songs, and direction by Vincente Minnelli (father of Liza).

Amelie (2001) A whimsical romance set in contemporary Paris, Amelie gave Audrey Tautou a shot at becoming the modern girl's Audrey Hepburn.

FIDM Students: To join the FIDM Study Tour to Paris and other tours, go to the FIDM Portal.



From the Intern's Desk: 10 Magazines You Should Subscribe To


You've heard of Elle, Harper's Bazaar and of course Vogue, but you'll want to keep your eye on this list of rising publications too. 

1. Cereal Magazine


A quarterly food and travel magazine based in Bristol, UK.  Cereal only has four volumes so far, but is continuing to grow in size and readership. Cereal Magazine is a publication not only for food and travel but books as well, with all the wonderful things they can teach us. 

2. Darling Magazine


Darling isn't just a magazine, it's a movement. This publication is a guidebook to lead you through the seasons of the year and your life. They believe in bringing back etiquette, character, and integrity, also focusing on increasing self-worth through living in more respect of your soul and body.

3. Kinfolk Magazine


Kinfolk magazine is a quarterly, 144-page, ad-free print magazine that collects ideas from a growing international community of artists, writers, designers, photographers, cooks, and others who are interested in creating small gatherings and finding new things to make and do. 

4. Acquired Taste Magazine


Acquired Taste Magazine is a publication that illustrates food in its purest form. They aim to redefine the world of food as well as the perception of food publications. Both first time foodies and connoisseurs can read through this magazine and be widely entertained. It's a perfect blend of food, design, art, architecture, fashion, film and music. 

5. Home and Hill Magazine


Home & Hill is a quarterly magazine that gives you a peek into the ingenuity of Tennesseans. This publication sings the “varied carols” of work, home, service, and play of the people who live there in a thoughtful and light way. They have an idea about life well-lived through a balance of progress and tradition, and they like stories and images that speak to that.

6. Verily Magazine


Verily is a new kind of women’s magazine: one that celebrates the best of who you are. It features fashion that is worthy of the woman, relationship articles that go beyond sex tips, and strong cultural and lifestyle journalism. Verily is the modern woman’s go-to guide on how to lead a fulfilling, integrated life.

7. Inventory Magazine


Inventory was established in 2009 as an online platform and biannual publication to explore the aesthetic and cultural interests of its founders. By offering a unique and global perspective on design, craftsmanship and culture, both forgo the temporariness of trend to instead focus on the brands, designers and artists whose bodies of work reflect a commitment to quality, and a desire for innovation.

8. Fellow Magazine


This quarterly publication is rooted in the pursuit of creating simple, tangible experiences centered on the act of gathering together and sharing the stories of individuals, craftsmen, and artists who make the state of Colorado great. Their intention is to create opportunity and inspiration for those who seek meaningful relationships, creative collaboration, and positive economic and community development. 

9. Mozi Magazine


Mozi is another quarterly magazine whose mission is to help photographers find their unique vision and style, improve their craft, and fully discover the joy of photography.

10. Gather Journal


Gather was started because of a shared love of food and cooking, and a desire to create a magazine with staying power on your bookshelf; one that you could return to again and again for inspiration. If they can, with their recipes, words, and images, inspire a great meal and maybe a smile, then they feel satisfied.

*All information about these publications was found on their About Us page. 

Coming to you from the intern's desk,

FIDM Student, Mariya Dondonyan

Follow Mariya on her personal blog, The Gracious Lady.



From The Intern's Desk: 5 Tips for Choosing a Fashion College


Choosing the  fashion college that's right for you--and your future career--isn't always easy. Each school's website is filled with information, but how do you sort through it all to find the perfect fit for you? Here are 5 steps to help you narrow down your choices. 

1. Ask yourself a lot of questions.

It's time for some naval gazing. What are your career goals? What do you hope to accomplish? This will help you understand yourself a little better and boost your confidence when searching for schools. You will notice you have a lot of questions to answer, but this is a necessary step in ensuring you choose the right path. 

2. Make a college wish list

Don't just jump right into a list of potential schools. Instead, think about what you really want from a college--both during and post-graduation. This wish list should cover things like: location (in-state or out-of-state?), programs (what do you want to study? do you want the curriculum to include a study tour in another country?), and industy partners (what types of companies and brands do you want to work with?). 

3. Consider what the college has to offer you. 

Talk to an Admissions Advisor at the college to find out about the programs and degrees offered. See if the programs are a match for you. Ask about the college's reputation in the industry. Learn about where students are interning and graduates are working. Look at the employment rate for the school's graduates. This will help you determine the college's ROI (Return on Investment) and get you closer to finding the right school for you. 

4. Research the college's alumni.

Sometimes the best way to look for options is to work backwards. Look at a school's notable alumni.  What are the success stories of past graduates? Find career paths that inspire you. 

5. Make a campus visit.

You can only spend so much time reading about the college of your dreams on their website and catalogs; now it's time to experience it firsthand. Narrow your choices down to the top three or four and schedule a campus tour. Visiting the campus is often more times a make or break factor. It needs to feel like home; your new home where you will excel and flourish.

Coming to you from the intern's desk,

FIDM Student, Mariya Dondonyan

Follow Mariya on her personal blog, The Gracious Lady.




5 Favorite L. A. Eco Fashion Designers

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Five shout-outs from eco-diva and FIDM Instructor Taryn Hipwell to designers who are incorporating sustainable practices and interesting fashion design.

1. org by vio Designer Violeta Villacorta works with tribes in the Amazon rain forest to create gorgeous accessories.

2. Fahmina Leather waste from the shoe industry is repurposed into eco-leather rock star accessories.

3. Mink Southern California native Mink saw a hole in the market for ultra-luxe, Italian-made vegan shoes made from materials like eco-cork, organic cotton, and recycled poly velour.

4. Rain Tees by Beth Doane plants a tree for every T-shirt sold and donates school supplies around the world.

5. Groceries Apparel Edgy casual wear made in L.A. of recycled and organic fabrics and being sold at Kitson and Wasteland!



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.



8 Great Los Angeles Fabric Stores

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Los Angeles's fabric stores are as eclectic, wondrous, and far flung as you would expect in the cut and sew capital of the U.S. Here are some FIDM faves worth exploring.

1. Michael Levine, just steps away in the Fashion District, is 70,000 square feet of every type of  fabric imaginable. Get lost there.

2. Islands Fabrics, off of Santee Alley in downtown, is THE place for Hawaiian prints and polar fleece. You can even find floral-printed fleece, if that's where your mind was going.

3. Lady Fabric is a favorite of downtown bargain hunters. It's all about quantity and price at this shop that is so no frills, it doesn't have a website!

4. Diamond Foam on La Brea is the standby for Westside decorators. Lots of upholstery and outdoor fabric—plus foam for custom cushions. No bargains.

4. Silk Trading Company, on La Brea's designer row specializes in fabrics for interiors and drapery. Pricey but gorgeous—go for inspiration.

5. Mood, of Project Runway fame, is where the designers shop.

6. F & S, on the westside has a great collection of eco-friendly textiles.

7. Fabric Planet in Venice has a special corner for educators and a reliable variety of vintage.

8. FIDM Scholarship Store, on the downtown campus, is a treasure trove of great fabrics at rock-bottom prices. 



18 Jobs Recent FIDM Grads Landed Right Out of College

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Looking for inspiration? Here are 18 legit jobs that real, recent FIDM Grads landed right out of school. To read their stories and hear about more great jobs go here.

1. Converse, Associate Merchandiser

2. Athleta, Merchandise Accessory Intern

3. ASICS, Assistant Designer

4. Athleta, Graphic Designer

5. Billablong, Designer

6. ModCloth, Assistant Technical Designer

7. The Hunger Games, Costume Design Assistant

8. Boutique Owner, Golden Bones, Austin

9. Fossil, Product Development Intern

10. Allure Magazine, Assistant Online Producer

11. J+Co, Assistant Accessories Designer

12. Elie Tahari, Assistant Designer

13. Universal Pictures, Creative Coordinator

14. Speedo, Buyer

15. Vera Wang, Guest Coordinator

16. Popsickle, Mobile Shop Owner

17. Love Culture, Assistant Stylist

18. Pink Dolphin, Senior Designer



7 Legendary Los Angeles Sales

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We love the excitement of a hectic sale—to recharge the batteries and bond with friends. If wholesale makes your heart pound, try these Los Angeles legends.

Fred Segal, the quintessential fashion hound's go-to hang has twice yearly 50% off blowouts.

Jet Rag, on La Brea, is famous for its Sunday morning sidewalk sale—piles of clothes for $1 apiece.

Velvet Stock up on ultra soft T-shirts, leggings, and more at this California brand's twice yearly warehouse sale.

LA Eyeworks Fans stock up on deeply discounted statement frames at this designer favorite. Prescriptions can be made.

Stila Makeup holds a huge warehouse sale in downtown L.A. with discounts as deep as 80%.

Shareen Vintage Owner/designer Shareen Mitchell conducts a very personal sale of her retro frocks and romantic one-of-a-kind pieces at her funky downtown warehouse.

Cal Mart Walking distance from the L.A. campus, put on your comfy shoes and shop the famous last Friday of the month sample sale at hundreds of showrooms selling every kind of apparel and accessories.



5 Indie L.A. Fashion Designers

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Whether customizing dresses in trendy Silver Lake or costuming rock royalty for the stage, these five female designers turn their beautiful visions into daily reality in Los Angeles.

Deborah Vierak Gwen Stefani, the Rolling Stones, Red Hot Chili Peppers go to Deborah to stay ahead of the crowds. For the rest of us, the FIDM Fashion Design grad's label Vierak delivers instant L.A. glam minus the rhinestones at local boutiques and nationwide. (image above)

Carol Young Undesigned by Carol Young is all about recycled fabrics turned into instant urban nomad wear—perfect for packing for your next global trek. Wrinkles included. (image below)

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Stella Neptune Owner Eva Kisevalter turned her obsession for cashmere into an of-the-moment upcycling business selling screenprinted old cashmere to Hollywood kids.

Matrushka  This boutique, on the coolest stretch of Sunset in Silver Lake, features owner Lauren Howe's girlie dresses and in-store fittings.

Clare Vivier From her Silver Lake flagship, handbag designer Vivier turns out color saturated upmarket clutches, hobos, and satchels that sell to hipsters nationwide.



7 Ways to Pamper Your Los Angeles Dog

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Muttropolitan is a full service "modern salon for chic downtown pets" located in the heart of Little Tokyo. Great for the small dog who can appreciate the positioning of the perfect hair ribbon.

Pussy & Pooch, a short walk from the downtown campus, is owned by a graduate of FIDM and the home base for downtown pet lovers. The well-stocked store and spa hosts Mutt Mingles for downtown singles and stocks such rare items as an eco-friendly portable toilet (complete with synthetic grass) for the dog who refuses to walk in the rain.

Wagville. Primarily known for its doggie day care service, this holistic kennel located between downtown and Hollywood, offers doggie massage for mutts whose nerves are jangled.

Saslow Dog Park, located in the Downtown Arts District, is small and grassless, but if Fido needs to run free—this is the place.

Silver Lake Dog Park and the Trail that goes around the lake is always packed with hipsters and their friends. Two gated dog parks are located on the southeast side.

Three Dog Bakery is the place for a special dog-friendly birthday cake, or chocolate-free brownies.

Runyon Canyon, off Fuller and Hollywood in West Hollywood, is worth the drive to treat your dog to spectacular views, a heart-pounding workout, and great people-and-dog-watching.



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.



7 Downtown L.A. Restaurants To Splurge On with Your Parents

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You've been eating salad, Greek yogurt, and ramen for months. Your parents are coming to town, they want to eat out, and they like good food. Take them to one of these downtown hot spots and let them bask in the glow of your new sophistication.

Bottega Louie Steps away from FIDM, this cavernous marble space throbs with the pace of big city life. A big menu with Italian specialties, and a pastry case to die for, Bottega is great for people- watching; drop in for a coffee and pastry if you don't have time for a meal.

Sugarfish It's easy to miss this simple, modern sushi place, just steps away from campus on 7th St. But seek it out, if you want to share the most delectable raw fish with the folks from Kansas. Best of all, the menu is set by the chef, making ordering a snap.

Bestia The hot new Italian restaurant of the moment, Bestia serves crackling pizzas, fresh pasta, weird animal parts, and fabulous pastries—all in the too cool northern stretch of the Arts District.

Church & State A short ride, or long walk away in the downtown Arts District, this elegant restaurant serves fine wine and food with just the right degree of hip. Check out the Arts District neighborhood for small dives and boutiques.

Mo Chica Another great spot within walking distance of campus, this cool, modern space serves up stylish cocktails and updated, adventurous Peruvian cuisine to a hip foodie clientele.

Cafe Pinot A traditional French/California bistro in a lovely space in the gardens adjacent to the Central Library, the ambience is quieter than most, making real conversations less work for the oldsters.

Lazy Ox Canteen A short ride away in Little Tokyo, this chef-owned casual restaurant focuses on small plates with big tastes. Fun, loud atmosphere.

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5 Hidden Gardens in Downtown L.A.

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Need to get away from it all without leaving town? These free urban spaces are all designed for recharging your senses and getting in touch with those brilliant ideas that can get drowned out in all the noise.

Angel's Knoll at Bunker Hill, 356 S. Olive St. Made famous in the film 500 Days of Summer, this green hillside offers views of Civic Center and Historic Downtown along with a whole new perspective.

James Irvine Japanese Garden in Little Tokyo, 244 S. Sa n Pedro St. This graceful garden complete with tinkling stream is perfect for a quiet stroll or meditative sit after exploring the great Little Tokyo shops.

Rooftop Garden at Disney Hall, 135 N. Grand Ave., is a small gem tucked on top of Grand Avenue's grandest building. Just take the escalators to the top and enjoy Frank Gehry's amazing blue porcelain fantasy fountain and other perfect spaces along with the views.

Maguire Gardens at LA Public Library, 630 W Fifth St., offers benches and fountains fitted out with inspiring quotes for creative readers and thinkers.

Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, 555 W. Temple St., has 2.5 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens for getting away from it all.

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