FIDM Graduate and Project Runway Alumna Kelli Martin of Anti.Label recently moved to Columbus, Ohio where she founded Alternative Fashion Week and Alternative Fashion Mob, a collection of fashion designers, industry professionals, and couture enthusiasts who are dedicated to furthering the fashion industry in Columbus..
For the 11th season in a row, Nick Verreos is serving as an official blogger for Project Runway and Lifetime. The season 2 veteran, and Project Runway: Under the Gunn winning mentor, offers his fashion expertise and entertaining quips about the reality competition show in his weekly recaps.
Project Runway is hosting an online vote to bring back one talented designer for their next season. One of the three contestants vying for a second chance on the show is FIDM Graduate and Season 12 alumnus Alexander Pope.
Project Runway: Under The Gunn star Natalia Fedner has just announced that she will be attending the FIDM hosted screening party of the latest episode of Project Runway: Under The Gunn the evening of March 27 on the Los Angeles campus, as FIDM's special guest. She will participate in the scheduled Q&A session with mentor, fellow star of the show, and FIDM Grad/Instructor Nick Verreos immediately following the screening.
Born in Ukraine, Natalia Fedner has been a fashion designer since she started sketching at the age of two as a way to entertain herself while her parents were at work. She went on to study at Parsons, design for Calvin Klein, and study haute couture in Paris. She just launched an haute couture collection titled "Empress" that focuses on transparency in knits and embroidered garments. She is thankful to have Nick Verreos as her mentor on Project Runway: Under The Gunn. Keep up with Natalia on twitter: @nataliafedner.
Palm Springs Life has a story about Project Runway's Bradon McDonald, a graduate of FIDM, who will be showing his designs at Sunnylands Chic, a fashion show and luncheon in Rancho Mirage, on March 11, and during Fashion Week El Paseo, from March 16-23, alongside DEBUT designers.
In the same issue of Palm Springs Life is a story about designer Kevan Hall, also a graduate of FIDM, who will be appearing at the Sunnylands Chic luncheon fashion show as well. The designers were challenged with creating pieces derived from the famed art and architecture of Sunnylands, also known as the Annenberg Estate and West Coast Presidential retreat.
FIDM Graduate Bradon McDonald, who appeared on the most recent season of Project Runway, designed a collared plaid dress with a hi-lo hem that is now available at Belk. Available in two different plaid colorways, the breezy dress features frayed edges, a fitted bodice, and a cascading asymmetrical hem.
Project Runway winner and FIDM Alumna Leanne Marshall recently debuted her Fall RTW 2014 collection at New York Fashion Week. Her beautiful designs, constructed from organza, silk, and fleece, featured a pretty palette of soft hues such as blush pink, grey, and white.
Today, Tim Gunn was the guest on NPR's Fresh Air, where he chatted about the challenges he faced growing up. He told Terry Gross:
"I had a very debilitating stutter, and that was very limiting for me socially and it of course was rife for teasing, and people would imitate me or they'd want to engage with me, would want me to speak, because they wanted to hear the stutter and laugh. So that exacerbated everything that I experienced, and it added a painful dimension to every kind of interaction, whether it was with peers or whether it was with doctors."
He also chatted about his new Lifetime reality series, Project Runway: Under the Gunn, which was filmed at FIDM and features Nick Verreos, a Graduate and Instructor at the college.
On Saturday, November 16, 2013, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., you're invited to meet FIDM Grad, Instructor, and Designer Nick Verreos. The Project Runway star will host the Career Stardom panel twice, at 11:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m., talking to experts who will share success stories and advice from their educational and career experiences.
While on campus, you can learn about career paths, tour FIDM's state-of-the-art library, view student work, and explore housing options. FIDM's Open House is free to the publilc.
The New York Times has published a new profile, "Tim Gunn: A Lifetime of Making It Work," which covers his rise to fame on Project Runway, the current season (FIDM Grad Bradon McDonald is a finalist), his books, and TV appearances.
The mentor-turned-judge, who is also an Advisory Board Member for FIDM, says, "The reason I love my catch phrase, 'Make it work,' is because it is not just about what is happening in the workroom, it is about life. Taking the existing conditions, the things we have available to us, and rallying them to ascend to a place of success."
Designer and FIDM Graduate Bradon McDonald won his second challenge out of four on last week's episode of Project Runway. The challenge for the designers was to use a bowtie from Tie the Knot, a foundation to benefit marriage equality, in their designs to impress the judges and actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson.
Bradon created a halter top out of bowties and a cropped jacket and matching pair of shorts that echoed the ties. The judges commented that the pieces were labor intensive, but not overworked. Upon winning the challenge, Bradon took the opportunity to propose to his partner of 18 years.
Competing designer Alexander Pope, also a graduate of FIDM, is still safe.
Last month we told you that two FIDM Graduates, Bradon McDonald and Alexander Pope, would be competing on the 12th season of Lifetime's Project Runway. On last night's premiere episode, the designers were asked to produce a garment out of parachute material.
Bradon, who was the winner of this challenge, created a multi-colored train over a short skirt that billowed down the runway and incorporated parachute cording as an accent. He has immunity for next week's design challenge. Judge Zac Posen noted that the various concepts -- cording, strapless necklace, and straps -- were expertly combined.
Watch Project Runway on Lifetime Thursdays at 9/8c.
On July 18, 2013 at 9/8c, the 12th season of Project Runway will kickoff on Lifetime, featuring two FIDM Graduates: Bradon McDonald (pictured, left) and Alexander Pope. Bradon, an art aficionado and Julliard-trained modern dancer, has a home studio where he experiments with fabric manipulation and uncommon hand-sewing techniques.
Alexander, who lives and works in Ridgewood, NY, works in costume construction for Broadway shows and has been a makeup artist for editorials and runway shows for a decade. He says he is influenced by music and loves playing opera, electro, or Broadway musicals while designing. "I bring not only fashion, but a pretty extensive costume background to the table," he says. "I think that knowledge really helps me design some creatively interesting clothing."
FIDM and Project Runway share a long history. FIDM Graduates such as Nick Verreos, Kelli Martin, Santino Rice, Daniel Franco, Guadalupe Vidal, Sarah Trost, Serena da Canceicao, Joshua Christensen, Beatrice Guapo, and winner Leanne Marshall are all Project Runway alums. Season 6 of the hit show was filmed at FIDM's L.A. campus.
Sarah Trost, whom you may remember from Project Runway Season 8, recently served as Costume Designer on the independent film K-11, starring Goran Visnjc and Kate Del Castillo, and directed by Jules Stewart. Since the film takes place in a dormitory located within the L.A. County Men's Jail that houses the transsexual and homosexual population, Sarah had the challenge of costuming from items prisoners are allowed within the dorm, such as t-shirts, socks, sheets, and dental floss (used for sewing.) "Some items are dyed by means of Hawaiian Punch and mouthwash," Sarah explains. "It's quite an array of characters -- we even have a fashion show."
K-11 will open in limited national release on March 15, 2013.
Merchandise Product Development Student Victoria Lin recently had a chance meeting with Season 10 Project Runway designer Alicia Hardesty of the new women's line Original Tomboy. "I volunteered at the StyleCareers LA event at the California Market Center and recognized Alicia and her unique hairstyle," she says. "I gave her a copy of my resume and in the next couple of days, Alicia sent me an email, and we made an appointment to talk about the internship."
Victoria says that she loves working with Alicia because she has an easygoing attitude, unique vision, and is willing to answer questions. "She has a lot of experience and I am very fortunate to be able to learn from her," Victoria adds. "My goal is to work for an established company in their design department, but eventually I want to introduce my own brand for petite women or be a creative director. I want to be able to change the world somehow through fashion."
Original Tomboy will be having a pop up shop on October 17th at 7:00 pm at 8512 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood.
Recent Fashion Design Graduate Jonathan Guzman is a top 40 finalist in the HP + Project Runway Ultrabook Bag design contest. His practical, marketable, and stylish backpack features a padded curved back that molds to adjust to the contour of the body. Jonathan has a shot at winning exciting prizes like the new HP Spectre Ultrabook or $10,000 for the grand prize!
Enter the HP + Project Runway Design Contest and you could win $10,000 and an HP Spectre XT Ultrabook™! Create an Ultrabook™ bag of your own design. The winner will be chosen by a mix of votes and experts such as Project Runway winner Mondo, Inhabitat's Jill Fehrenbacher, and Core77's LinYee Yuan. Five finalists will each receive an HP Spectre XT Ultrabook™.
The deadline for submissions is Saturday, September 8th!
Lord & Taylor's Fashion's Night Out celebration at their Fifth Avenue flagship in New York City will feature 10 Project Runway designers, including FIDM's Nick Verreos, Mondo Guerra, Bert Keeter, Uli Herzner, Korto Momolu, Jay McCarroll, Gordana Gelhausen, Seth Aaron Henderson, Chris March, and a member of the Season 10 cast.
The designers will customize complimentary t-shirts for customers beginning at 6pm to celebrate Project Runway's 10th anniversary. There will also be a 10th anniversary capsule collection available from the designers. Nick created a gathered front and back halter-neck cocktail dress in cobalt blue chiffon (shown above).
From MTV's The Hills, featuring former FIDM Student Lauren Conrad, to the HGTV docu-design series Design School that followed FIDM Interior Design Students on campus, the college has served as a location for numerous television shows. Season 6 of Project Runway (FIDM Alumna Beatrice Guapo appears on Season 10 beginning July 19) was filmed at FIDM and eleven students and graduates have been featured on the hit show over the years
Twilight Saga star Ashley Greene hosted Fashion Forward: Making It, a fashion special that aired on the CW network. The one-hour special gave a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to make it in the fashion industry, from the creation of designs to building a business and a brand. The special's segment intros were all filmed at FIDM Los Angeles. Joe Jonas visited girlfriend Ashley Greene on the set, even recording an on-the-fly sewing lesson for a few FIDM Students.
FIDM Grads are all over the small screen as well. Gowns from Monique Lhuillier and Kevan Hall are consistently seen on the red carpet, Greg LaVoi is the Costume Designer for The Closer, Jill Ohanneson is the Costume Designer on Revenge, Marina Toybina is the Costume Designer for X Factor, and Casey Noble, who competed on the reality show Design Star, is now the host of HGTV's Design on a Dime.
FIDM Alumna Beatrice Guapo is starring on Season 10 of Project Runway on Lifetime. The 28-year-old apparel designer and consultant from Marina del Rey, California says that her strength is knitwear. "I can make various looks from lounge, dress, day, to evening in knits," she says. "I am strong in sketching, pattern-making, and concept." She cites Missoni, Chanel, L'Wren Scott, Proenza Schouler, and Rick Owens as her favorite designers. Beatrice is one of eleven FIDM Students and Grads who have been contestants throughout the show's history and Season 6 was filmed at FIDM Los Angeles.
LookTV, in conjunction with Project Runway producers, recently held the first ever "Skip The Casting Line" Talent Search. Designers from all over the country were asked to submit videos of themselves and their designs for a chance of receiving a spot at the L.A. Closed Castings of Season 10 Project Runway. FIDM Fashion Design Student Blake Patterson was the lucky winner and hopes to be selected as a competitor on the show's 10th season!
View a short video of Blake with Nick Verreos below!
FIDM San Diego Students recently had the opportunity to participate in the Princess Project RUNWAY Event. Five Fashion Design Students competed in a live draping contest at this annual event benefiting The Princess Project, which serves San Diego high school girls who might not otherwise be able to afford a prom dress and accessories.
A talented team of local style experts decided the winners, including Gordana Gehlhausen from Project Runway. The FIDM San Diego Students included Xylina Lim, Ryan Poole, Angeline Minocci, Lena Lollis, and winner Allan Huang.
Merchandise Product Development Alumna Roxanne Olsen is the Buying Director for the new bridal magazine and e-commerce site, I Do Jour. In October, Roxanne had the chance to meet fellow FIDM Alumna and Project Runway winner Leanne Marshall, during New York Fashion Week and a collaboration was born.
"Leanne has teamed up with us and designed an exclusive dress just for our website and our customers," reports Roxanne, who like Leanne, attended the SF campus. The website also offers gowns, accessories, jewelry, shoes, and more.
Fashion Design Student Joshua Christensen is on the new season of Project Runway. The Los Angeles-based menswear designer says that he realized he had talent, "When I started school and I started draping and my work started getting noticed."
He currently designs the label Alastaire Grey. "I look to create clothing that inspires those who wear it to be an individual and confident in all that they seek to achieve," says the former banker. "I have sacrificed much to reach this point in my journey but nothing of great value comes without hard work and dedication."
Read more about Joshua and see a short video at myLifetime.
Also on the show is Serena de Conceicao, a Graduate of FIDM who works as a fashion designer in Brooklyn, New York. She says, "I have the drive, stamina, smarts, and talent, plus I love the challenge."
Read more about Serena and see a short video at myLifetime.
Project Runway premieres on Lifetime on July 28th at 9pm/8pm central.
Last week, the Today Show featured one-of-a-kind wedding gown design dresses by Project Runway designers in honor of the upcoming royal wedding. Nick designed an ivory silk zibrerline column gown with a pleated high-neck, cap sleeves, side-front pockets, and a full pleated back train. Lifetime will auction off Nick's dress for charity.
Santino Rice, the popular former Project Runway contestant who is also a Graduate of FIDM, has a new show on Lifetime with designer Austin Scarlett. On the Road With Austin & Santino teams up the two talented designers who will visit small towns across America and create "dream-come-true" looks for special women in unique situations.
The new show premieres July 29, 2010, right after the premiere of Project Runway!
FIDM Alumna Sarah Trost, who works as a Los Angeles-based costume designer, appeared on season 8 of Project Runway as one of 17 designers. Visit her designer page to see more photos, take a video tour of her closet, and view her casting session.
Project Runway season five winner and Fashion Design Alumna Leanne Marshall gives Time Out New York a tour of her Brooklyn closet! Leanne chats about her favorite shopping spots in NYC, the sustainable fabrics in her spring 2010 collection, and vintage items in her wardrobe.
Last month, Project Runway winner and FIDM Alumna Leanne Marshall showed off her latest pieces at Islands of the World Fashion Week in Nassau. The Bahamas Weekly has a story on the Leanne:
Her style, inspired by nature, architecture and modern innovation, made its home at this year’s Islands of the World Fashion Week (IWFW) as the highlighted showcase for the opening night of the three-day event.
As the line’s showing progressed, softer pastel colors and lighter fabrics started to emerge contrasting the bold beginning, mixed in with more structured black and white dresses – a clear indication of Marshall’s graphic designer background.
Merchandise Marketing alumna Hailey Roose (pictured above with Tim Gunn) recently won the Free Press Make It Work contest, which included a private audience with the Project Runway mentor. Hailey, who was recognized for being a "Stylemaker" met Gunn at a fashion show that drew 2,000 people. "I don't like to look like everybody else walking down the street," Hailey told the Detroit Free Press.
Blog Downtown has posted a rave about "The Outstanding Art of Television Costume Design" exhibition at the FIDM Museum & Galleries, which features costumes from shows such as No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, The Tudors, Grey Gardens, Dancing With the Stars, and Project Runway (shown above). You can read the article here.
Lifetime has just released the photos and mini bios on the contestants for the anticipated sixth season ofProject Runway, which premieres on August 20, 2009 at 10pm ET/PT. FIDM Fashion Design Alumnus Johnny Sakalis of West Hollywood, California, is one of the designers vying to be the winner! There are videos and more photos of Johnny here.
Fashion Design Alumna and Project Runway winner Leanne Marshall has debuted an exclusive eco-chic line for Bluefly. The capsule collection features bamboo jersey tops with ribbon detail, pleated tanks that are
perfect for summer, and a stunning strapless dress in royal blue
FIDM Los Angeles is Project Runway's new West Coast location and the stars, Tim Gunn and Heidi Klum, couldn't be happier about their show's new home in L.A.
"Los Angeles is indisputably the home of the red carpet. It's the home
of film and television costume, and it has a celebrity dimension that
New York doesn't have. Watching the first elimination this season, I
thought, Wow, we should be here," Project Runway's Tim Gunn told Entertainment Weekly.
The list of former Project Runway winners includes FIDM Grad Leanne Marshall. Contestants have included FIDM Instructor and Grad Nick Verreos and FIDM Grads Kelli Martin, Santino Rice, Daniel Franco, and Guadalupe Vidal.
While you wait for the Project Runway premiere:
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FIDM Alumna and "Project Runway" winner Leanne Marshall is featured in a wonderful article in the February issue of Elle. The designer dishes on her T.V. time and the story even mentions her alma mater!
In the same issue, is a story that covers the opening of the new Juicy Couture store on Fifth Avenue in New York, the mega label that was co-founded by FIDM Grad Pamela Skaist-Levy! -- Victoria
In Sunday's Los Angeles Times, writer Monica Corcoran writes about "Project Runway" fans, who are anxiously waiting for the debut of Season 6.
The article features none other than Kevin Jones, FIDM Alumnus and Curator of the FIDM Museum & Galleries, and makes mention of the show's move to Los Angeles and its new home at FIDM.
From the article:
"Close your eyes and you can just imagine them tumbling out of their beds to gulp coffee and dash over to the nearby FIDM annex, where they had the entire third floor to cut, sew, drape, weep and, hopefully, snipe at each other when the cameras were rolling."
We are thrilled to announce that FIDM Alumna Leanne Marshall won first place in this season's Project Runway! A recipient of FIDM's Designer of Tomorrow Scholarship Award, Leanne graduated from the San Francisco Campus in 2001. Though this season's competition has been fierce, Leanne showed the highest degree of professionalism, technical skill, and innate talent.
"Without a doubt it's been the most amazing experience," said Leanne. "I would do it again in a heartbeat."
Next up Leanne is set to start her new label with a little help from her Project Runway winnings, $100,000 seed money from Tresemmé! Watch this space for further details. --Kim