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FIDM Grad Brittany Hampton is one of three finalists on Diane von Furstenberg's reality competition series, House of DVF. The Bay Area native attended FIDM's San Francisco campus and worked for nearly two years as the in-house stylist for Nickelodeon. 

Read more at SF Gate. The House of DVF finale airs tonight, Sunday, Dec. 21, at 10 p.m. on E!

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FIDM Grad Brittany Hampton is Finalist on E!'s 'House of DVF' Airing Tonight

FIDM Grad Brittany Hampton is one of three finalists on Diane von Furstenberg's reality competition series, House of DVF. The Bay Area native attended FIDM's San Francisco campus and worked...

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Paige Denim Graphic Designer and FIDM Grad Simone Garcia recently visited her alma mater to speak at a meeting with the Premiere Product Development Group—an elite group of FIDM Students earning degrees in Product Development.

Simone graduated in June earlier this year with a Merchandise Product Development Professional Designation Degree from FIDM.

She advised the students to do internships. "It's 100% important to have an internship." In fact, that's precisely what led Simone to Paige Denim. Back in March, Simone was sitting in the very same seats that the students were sitting in when Laura Jenkins from Paige Denim was the guest speaker for the Premiere Product Development Group at FIDM. Simone and Laura, also a graduate of FIDM, connected that day,and Simone followed up for an internship. Simone's first day was on April 18th, her birthday. She interned for a few months before she was hired full-time in September as a Junior Graphic Designer.

"I encourage you guys to go for it, and get out there!" the recent FIDM Grad announced.

When asked what set her apart from the other candidates in the job interview process, she said it was her portfolio. Simone did very well in Estel Hahn's Brand Portfolio class at FIDM. "During my internship, I showed my boss my portfolio and he was impressed." She was offered the job before she was even finished with her internship.

Ultimately, Simone wants to be a buyer and have her own business. In the mean time, she said one of the biggest perks of working at a premium denim label is building relationships with others.

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Paige Denim Graphic Designer & FIDM Grad Simone Garcia holding a pair of Paige Blue Galaxy Coating jeans.

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Paige Denim Graphic Designer and FIDM Grad Simone Garcia Visits Premiere Product Development Group at FIDM

Paige Denim Graphic Designer and FIDM Grad Simone Garcia recently visited her alma mater to speak at a meeting with the Premiere Product Development Group—an elite group of FIDM Students...

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Textile Design Graduate Karen E. Downes recently designed prints for Madonna's juniors line, Material Girl, which sells at Macy's. One of her designs, a pair of Aztec Print Leggings, is a top-selling customer favorite. Karen is currently a Textile/Graphic Design at Self Esteem - All Access Apparel Inc. in Los Angeles. 

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Textile Design Graduate Creates Prints for Madonna's Material Girl Line

Textile Design Graduate Karen E. Downes recently designed prints for Madonna's juniors line, Material Girl, which sells at Macy's. One of her designs, a pair of Aztec Print Leggings, is...

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Members of the FIDM Alumni Arizona Chapter sat in the fourth row at this year’s Phoenix Fashion Week. Organizers AZ Alumni Board President Audra Tiffany & Vice President Alisha Tovar were thrilled with the turnout—as was Fashion Week. FIDM Alums were acknowledged during pre-show networking events.

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FIDM Arizona Alumni Turn Out for Phoenix Fashion Week

Members of the FIDM Alumni Arizona Chapter sat in the fourth row at this year’s Phoenix Fashion Week. Organizers AZ Alumni Board President Audra Tiffany & Vice President Alisha Tovar...

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Visual Communications Student and FIDM Social Ambassador Marisa Pressimone recently completed an internship at Glamour in New York City. We caught up with the New Jersey native to talk about the experience. 

How did this exciting internship come about? I knew I was going to be taking the summer quarter off from FIDM and returning home for the few months, and I wanted to feel accomplished when returning to school that October. I had met with my Career Advisor at FIDM a few times to discuss finding an internship for the summer in New York. I knew that I wanted to try working with a stylist more than anything since that is what I want to do after I graduate from FIDM.

After sending out copies of my resume and different variations of a cover letter, I finally heard back from one stylist's assistant asking me if I could come in that Friday. I was so bummed because I was still in L.A. and had to decline. A few weeks later, when I arrived on the east coast, I decided that it couldn't hurt to email the woman who reached out to me and see if they still needed someone. They responded almost immediately saying they did need help for the summer and they were so glad I had reached out.

I went to meet with the stylist's assistant a few days later for an interview and ended up getting the job. I went home to research the stylist I would be working for and found out that she was the fashion editor-at-large for Glamour, Laura Ferrara. 

What were your roles and responsibilities? I learned the ins and outs of the styling world and there was a lot of shopping. I got to go to the big department stores and different studios around New York and help with the pulls. I also returned a lot of clothes once a shoot was done. I got to stand on set a few times to assist and I would help with the assembly and take down of the wardrobe on set.

How did you enjoy working in the city? I'm from that area and I've grown up around it, but I've never seen the way the fashion industry in New York operates and it was amazing and incredibly fast-paced. Every single day you need to go to work more ready than the day before and coffee is very, very important.

What are your plans after graduation in 2015? I've always wanted to be a stylist so I'm going to try to make that happen. My biggest struggle would just be deciding what type of styling I would prefer, but that will come with more experience.

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FIDM Social Ambassador/Vis Comm Major Interned at Glamour Magazine (Interview)

Visual Communications Student and FIDM Social Ambassador Marisa Pressimone recently completed an internship at Glamour in New York City. We caught up with the New Jersey native to talk about...

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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

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From the FIDM Library: Textiles & Materials Quarterly

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...

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