Representatives from the clothing retailer Buckle were on on campus today to speak with FIDM Students and Grads and do some recruiting. Buckle is one of the many fashion industry companies who hire FIDM Grads.
Representatives from the clothing retailer Buckle were on on campus today to speak with FIDM Students and Grads and do some recruiting. Buckle is one of the many fashion industry companies who hire FIDM Grads.
The Third Year Program Fair is an opportunity for current students to learn more about FIDM's Associate of Arts Advanced Study (aka 'Third Year') Programs which develop specialized expertise in the student's unique area of study. Admission is limited to candidates who possess a prior degree in a related discipline from FIDM. The Advanced Study Programs are in the following areas:
Girly with an edge! Merchandise Product Development major Amanda combines a floral print dress and a knit cardi with black ankle combat boots, rock on!
FIDM congratulates the new Phi Theta Kappa members sworn in at today's ceremony: Rebecca Reller, Sahar Ahwazi, Stephanie Wong, YuNuen Beristain, Kaitlyn McGuire, Nicole Antonian, Jacqueline Haus, Chealsea Madden, and Brittany Chynces. Founded in 1918, Phi Theta Kappa is an international honor society that recognizes and encourages academic achievement and offers opportunities based on their four hallmarks: scholarship, leadership, service, and fellowship. Candidates must have completed twelve units at FIDM with a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher to join. Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in American higher education.
Recent FIDM Fashion Design Graduate Ahmad Murtaza was awarded $10,000 in scholarship funds for his entry in Cotton Incorporated's Demands of Denim competition, open exclusively to FIDM Students. Ahmad graduated last quarter and plans to apply to FIDM's Advanced Fashion Design program.
Participants in the Demands of Denim competition were challenged to research the denim marketplace to determine current trends and understand the denim consumer and then develop an innovative denim design. Over a period of six months, the students attended workshops to expand their knowledge of denim--from construction and fit workshops to dyeing and finishing techniques. Congratulations, Ahmad!
Halloween just hit FIDM--Visual Communications majors Jessica and Roxanna are decked out as a girlier version of Dr. Seuss' mischevious and playful duo!
Major: Fashion Design, Professional Designation
Where did you go to school? I got a BA in International Studies at UC Irvine.
Why did you choose FIDM? I wanted to come here when I was 17, but I couldn’t turn down a university education first. For fashion, I wanted to be in LA.
What do you love about your major? It is amazing how much information is crammed into 24 hours here.
Major: Graphic Design
Where did you go to school? After Verdugo Hills HS, I attended Pasadena Community College.
Why did you choose FIDM? I visited other graphic design schools and I had the most confidence in the teachers I met here and the quality of the students’ work. I felt like they really knew how to teach.
What do you love about your major? I love designing billboards and posters. I’ve been using Photoshop and Illustrator forever.
Just Accepted Merchandise Marketing Student Mariya Dondonyan has a serious passion for fashion and hopes to one day open her own department store.
"Fashion brings me the most happiness; reading about it in magazines, watching fashion shows, and most of all wearing beautiful clothes truly make my day better. Fashion is a big part of my life and I cannot go a day without reading an article on style.com, or watching the latest collections from my favorite designers who include: Karl Lagerfeld, Elie Saab, Bill Gaytten, Yves Saint Laurent, Marchesa, and Rachel Zoe.
The best part about watching these shows is that I have learned what styles I like and fit my personality best and watching the collections is where I draw my inspiration and how I incorporate it into my closet and everyday wardrobe."
FIDM Advanced Study Students from Fashion Design, Film & TV Costume Design, Theatre Costume Design, Entertainment Set Design & Decoration, and International Manufacturing & Product Development programs took a special tour of the new exhibition “Il Teatro alla Moda” on Friday, October 14th. The exhibit, at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, celebrates Italy’s haute couture designers and their impact on opera, dance and theater design.
Valeria Mangani, Vice President, Alta Roma and Counselor for External Relations and Fashion for the Mayor of Rome, led the small group of 20 FIDM Students on the special tour, answering questions and pointing out the rich details of the amazing costumes.
The exhibit of 80 costumes, sketches, and drawings from Giorgio Armani, Roberto Capucci, Enrico Coveri, Fendi, Alberta Ferretti, Romeo Gigli, Antonio Marras, Missoni, Emanuel Ungaro, Valentino, and Gianni Versace is on display until November 13.
Graphic Design Major Jade hand painted her colorful kicks!
Major: Merchandise Product Development
Where did you go to school? I went to Austin Community College in my hometown for a year of general studies.
Why did you choose FIDM? To do fashion you need to go all the way. This is it. FIDM is the place to be in LA for fashion.
What do you love about your major? I love the variety of product development. It’s not only design. I want to know the business as well, so I can do everything.
With her FIDM tote in hand and stylish wool coat, Chrissy (Merchandise Product Development) is ready for the first day of fall classes!
Just Accepted Merchandise Product Development Student Diana Cheng is passionate about the fashion industry, but also giving back to her parents' homeland of Cambodia.
"Getting accepted to FIDM with a scholarship has to be the best thing that has ever happened to me so far. I am one step closer to reaching my dreams and knowing that I am a student at FIDM gives me 100% confidence that I will be successful with reaching my goals. It's an honor knowing that I am a part of the FIDM family."
Next summer, twin sister and brother Jamie Hoopes and Mike Hoopes will attend FIDM to study Merchandise Product Development and Digital Media. Speaking about their career goals, this dynamic duo says,
"Jamie: There are so many options! But I would really love designing under a surf/skate/snow company. I am a beach lover and a snowboarder so it would fit the lifestyle I have perfectly. One day, if the opportunity came my way, you might see some designs under my own label!
Mike: My career goal is to be part of the process in which movies are produced, directed, and edited. I wish to make powerful films that will leave the viewers begging for more."
Just Accepted Visual Communications Student Brittney Porter is a recent graduate of BYU and also a newlywed. This Professional Designation Student has a passion for design, family, and helping others (she's volunteered with orphan children in Zambia and taught English in Tonga).
"Like many people, I feel most like myself when I am doing something I love and creative design is definitely something I love. FIDM offers me a very specialized education in Visual Communications, and is one of the only nationally accredited colleges that is able to do that. Having already earned a degree, FIDM acknowledges that accomplishment and offers a Professional Designation program which allows me to focus on specific course work instead of extra general studies.
FIDM has over 19,000 employer contacts as well as provides hands-on experiences and an industry-directed curriculum. FIDM absolutely seems intent on helping its students start and establish a long lasting career."
Just Accepted Student Allyson (Ally) Adams, who is currently featured on a photography studio's billboard in Bloomington, Indiana at the moment, is a high school senior who is active in student government, cheerleading, and of course, fashion.
"From just going to the 3 Days of Fashion I could tell that it will take a ton of hard work to go to FIDM, but the hard work will be enjoyable, and the teachers and staff I met while I was there all were very helpful. They seemed to really care about that they were teaching and whom they were teaching it to. Also, what made FIDM so right for me was that they get you started with what you want to do right away and really focus in on what your major is so you can be the best at whatever it is when it's time to graduate and start a new job in the fashion industry."
Just Accepted Graphic Design Student Crystal Chau is thrilled to be starting her college education at FIDM Orange County this fall. In her spare time, Crystal does everything from write poetry to practicing Polynesian dance, but for now her focus is on FIDM.
"I am an open-minded free spirit who is always looking for new inspiration. Overall, I am a person who is constantly involved the arts, whether it be graphic design, drawing, writing, photography, or dancing. I am passionate in anything I take part in and I put my heart and soul into each activity.
Being a first-year high school graduate, I am quite new to the college life. Although I am not 100 percent sure of what to expect at FIDM, I am excited to find out and eager to be a part of the friendly environment."
Mimi Holaday, who will be pursuing a Professional Designation Degree in Fashion Design, will attend the Orange County campus this fall.
"FIDM is a school that requires dedication and tests skill. It is a place that allows the elite to grow and master minds to mingle. It is a foundation for something bigger -- my career."
UC Irvine Alumna Grace Chung has always had a passion for fashion and travel so she chose to study Merchandise Marketing at FIDM in hopes of becoming a buyer for top fashion company.
"I'd have to say that my proudest moments included times where I set my mind and heart to accomplish something, and I did just that!"
FIDM Students recently visited top event designer Preston Bailey in New York City as part of a Study Tour. "After their visit, I felt a renewed sense of vigor and excitement for the projects I’m working on right now. I love when that happens," says Preston, who has clients such as Oprah Winfrey, Donald Trump, Jennifer Hudson, and Donna Karan, among others.
Read more on Preston's blog.
My name is Jonathan Soto and I’m 18 years old. I'm about to start my second quarter at FIDM, Los Angeles campus, as a Visual Communications major. I was born and raised in East Los Angeles, but moved to the suburbs of the San Gabriel Valley when I was eleven. Now I’m back in Downtown Los Angeles...
Each year students in FIDM's International Manufacturing & Product Development advanced study program travel to fashion and manufacturing hotspots around the globe as they produce a line of clothing while being mentored by their professors and one of FIDM's incredible industry partners. Student Hallie Fisher will be posting daily updates about the trip on her student blog. Don't miss it!
Just Accepted Fashion Design Student Kimberly Neptune has a passion for Broadway and costume design. Next year she will attend the Orange County campus and hopes to pursue an Advanced Study Degree in Theatre Costume Design.
"I am a senior at Edison High School and obsessed with anything creative, artistic, and different. I have always been in love with costumes, musicals, and everything historical. When it comes to music, I love everything from musicals to country to oldies and pop punk.
I'm inspired by nautical, natural, vintage, and weddings! I am an extreme Christmas enthusiast and I love anything having to do with fall and winter. I am also obsessed with things that have nothing to do with fashion, like Harry Potter, hiking and camping, and baking! I have a huge love for Renaissance, Victorian, and 18th century fashion."
Next summer, Andee Allen will move to San Francisco to pursue her love of fashion, by studying Fashion Design at FIDM.
"While attending FIDM, I expect to learn pattern making and draping. I am also very excited to learn about fabrics and how to use them accordingly. However, I hope FIDM can help me to grow and develop as a designer and as a human being."
Just Accepted Apparel Industry Management Student Amanda Warzecha hopes to one day open a chain of women's clothing stores and can't wait to move to L.A. to start pursuing her fashion dreams at FIDM.
"When I was 16, I started taking college classes at a community college in Duluth. Under Minnesota's Post Secondary Enrollment Program (PSEO) I was able to test out of high school and go to college in eleventh and twelfth grade. I earned my two year Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Arts and graduated with a 3.5 GPA. I am on the Phi Theta Kappa and earned two big scholarships for FIDM.
The big city environment is something I need because growing up where I did, I've never experienced much diversity. I love FIDM's creative environment and the Apparel Industry Management Program is perfect for me because I want to start a clothing franchise by myself in the future. I know FIDM has the industry connections and reputation to help me get my name out in the fashion industry."
The OC Register has a new article about Canstruction and FIDM's participation in the Orange County event, which benefits local food banks. The structures, including FIDM's incredible handbag made out of 9,500 cans of food valued at more than $20,000, is on display at South Coast Plaza until September 25.
Neiman Marcus, Fashion Island
5:00pm to 9:00pm: "The Art of Creativity" -- Selections from the Debut Collection 2011 will be featured in the windows at Neiman Marcus, and a special exhibitions of unusual "carpet dresses" created by FIDM Designers, will be displayed in the store. The carpet was provided by carpet manufacturer, Bentley Prince Street.
6:00pm to 7:15pm: "The Art of Draping" -- Five FIDM Fashion Design Alumni will drape glamorous evening gowns during the reception. "The Art of Illustration" -- FIDM Instructor, fashion illustrator and author Nancy Reigelman will create fashion illustrations during the reception
Westfield Century City Mall
5:00pm to 7:00pm: Dress Design Competition -- shoppers can watch while FIDM Students create garments using only shopping bags from participating Westfield Century City retailers. Twenty-three Students (from the FIDM Advanced Fashion Design and International Manufacturing & Product Development programs) will work in teams of eight for two hours.
7:00pm to 7:30pm: Judging -- the competition will be judged by prominent members of the fashion community, including stylists and designers.
8:00pm: Winning FIDM team is announced on the Main Stage and will receive a $1500 Westfield gift certificate (divided equally among students).
Also of special note, Westfield will graciously honor the FIDM Scholarship Foundation by donating proceeds from their Junk Food tee and tote sales. Guests who purchase a Westfield Fashion's Night Out tee or tote will have an opportunity to have the item customized by live screen print and spray paint artists.
For the third year, Students from FIDM Orange County are participating in Canstruction.
Their handbag, made entirely out of 9,500 cans, is currently on display outside of the Judith Leiber store at South Coast Plaza through September 25, 2011.
Vote for FIDM's structure at Canstruction OC's Facebook Page. Click on "Official - People's Choice Award Voting" and "Like" FIDM's structure.
All of the cans will be donated to Orange County food banks after the contest is over.
Just Accepted Visual Communications Student Lindsey Ann Spink has been involved with pagaents since age nine, and she recently learned that she will be competing for Miss Kansas 2012, the same year that she starts attending FIDM.
"Ever since I was a freshman in high school, I have dreamed of attending FIDM. As a junior, I began the process of speaking to my admission advisor and understanding information about the school. The more I talked to my admission advisor, the more I fell in love with FIDM. After my advisor suggested Visual Communications as a major, I knew I was 100% set on the school because the major is exactly what I am interested in. I know FIDM is the perfect fit for me to further my career and fulfill all my dreams."
Neiman Marcus, Fashion Island will spotlight multiple FIDM presentations including "The Art of Draping," featuring five FIDM Fashion Design Alumni, "The Art of Illustrating," with FIDM Instructor, fashion illustrator, and author Nancy Riegelman, and "The Art of Creativity," featuring DEBUT 2011 selections in the windows. There will also be a special Bentley Prince Street project of "carpet dresses," created by FIDM Designers in the store (pictured, left).
At Westfield Century City, 23 FIDM Students will work in teams to create eight "garments" on dress forms from retail shopping bags. FNO shoppers will be able to observe while the students create their designs. At the end of two hours, judging will take place, and the garments will be taken to the main stage for the winning announcement. The winning team will receive a $1500 Westfield gift certificate.
Fashion's Night Out is September 8, 2011.
Just Accepted Apparel Industry Management Student Jasmine Calice wants to one day open a boutique and start a clothing line, but first she will attend the L.A. campus in 2012, and is thrilled to be part of FIDM. The New Orleans native says,
"I am a senior at Coppell High School. God is my number one priority I love hanging out with my family and friends. Shopping is my hobby. I am very outgoing, I love making my own money, and working for it. In the future I see myself as being the next BIG thing. I am very determined and I put my heart into anything and everything that I do."
FIDM San Francisco Visual Communications students transformed a simple seminar room at the fashion design school into an inspiring, dynamic event space for this year’s Innovative Materials Fair. Now in its third year, the fair showcases the newest materials for fashion, merchandising, and interior design as collected by FIDM Library experts, including curators Cynthia Aaron and Kristine Upesleja. Marketing Events students and Instructor Ruth Ritchie-Snow collaborated to create everything for the one-week event— from promotional materials to installing the unique fixtures, florals, displays, and lighting.
Fashion Merchandising student Jeff has a feeling about colors for this fall, and it’s not about neutrals. “In hard times, people need sunny, bright colors. I want to see the return of neons to go against all the gloom,” said the hopeful neon blue-clad student.
Rae Greaves agreed. The Visual Communications major wants to see color everywhere: in her hair, her faux furs, and her cheetah-printed pants. With her hair colored bright red-orange for summer, she is thinking of trying blue for fall. “I like bright, fun colors for hair. And the feathers in the hair trend is dead,” said Rae definitively.
At the Downtown LA fashion school, just steps from the Fashion District, students discussed their wish lists for back-to-school:
Knee-high, chunky boots, with a military or combat twist are at the top of the list of must-have shoes. Visual Communications major Joanne Kim wants hers in “black leather, with silver buckles and zippers—biker style with a 4-inch wedge heel.”
Regarding silhouette, most of the women are ready to give the high waist a chance. Amber Addington, a Graphic Design major, wants to pair hers with oversized, billowy feminine tops and she’s excited about some new shades of denim she’s previewed. “They’re new washes in delicate shades of pink, blue, gray.” A cool break from dark blue.
The FIDM library, the largest specialized fashion library in the West, is an excellent source for student trend watchers. The library subscribes to various fashion, interior, and graphics forecasting services that predict trends in color, fabric, and silhouette up to 18 months in advance of the season.
At the Graphic Design school, Glen Sese puts together looks spontaneously based on what he finds in thrift shops, but he does have one image stuck in mind for fall. “I’m thinking of a dark jacket with a ‘70s punk feel. I’ll dress it up with a red scarf in houndstooth check,” said the stylish Graphic Design major.
Graham Smith, just back from a Lykke Li concert, is inspired to find a veil for autumn. “It’s an easy way to look interesting for evening,” says Graham. He wants a simple, light, sheer black number—down to the chest in front and tucked into a hat for stability, and a touch of mystery.
Daniel Castrejon, a Just Accepted Merchandise Marketing Student, is already a trailblazer at his high school and he can't wait to learn all about fashion, buying, and trend prediction at FIDM.
"Being accepted to FIDM is without a doubt one of my greatest accomplishments! Having only been on the Hip Hop team for one year and then becoming a Captain was also a great achievement for me. I'm also proud that I broke a stereotype that being on the Hip Hop team was not just for girls; I was the first boy on the team in about five years. But I am most proud of the fact that I've kept my head on straight and always keep my dreams and aspirations my priority."
A class from the FIDM San Diego campus visited the neighboring Digitaria, a marketing and technology company, where they met with Creative Director Paul Drohan who engaged the group in conversation about branding, design, and community involvement.
On last night’s Teen Choice Awards, millions of viewers learned about the ACUVUE® 1•DAY Contest campaign through a television commercial starring winner Shawn that featured FIDM.
A longer websiode (shown below) features Shawn, a Canadian teen whose 1•DAY Dream was to be a fashion designer, as he gets surprised by celebrity mentor Meaghan Martin with a visit to FIDM to learn about fashion design, patternmaking, and draping with FIDM Instructor Nick Verreos. “I know so many incredible designers have come out of this school,” says Shawn. “I’ve dreamed of going to this school.”
And if that wasn’t enough, Shawn was then presented with a scholarship to FIDM! “Dreams really do come true,” he exclaimed. Last night, Meaghan, wearing a dress by NIKOLAKI by Nick Verreos and David Paul, and Shawn attended the Teen Choice Awards for a star-studded evening. Other celebrity mentors for the contest included Joe Jonas, Charice, Allyson Felix, and Sterling Knight.
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What is the FIDM connection to a winner of the ACUVUE® 1•DAY Contest? See the excitement on FOX’s Teen Choice 2011 show tonight, August 7th, at 8/7C and watch the winner’s dream come true on the revealing video below!
You’ll see actress Meaghan Martin share tips as she introduces surprise after surprise -- including a FIDM star.
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Current and former FIDM Students will receive a 10 percent discount at the Bleu Vintage Showroom in Downtown Los Angeles' Bank District. The showroom is hosting a public sale from Thursday, August 4th through Saturday, August 6th, from 11am to 3pm.
Find curated women's vintage clothing, designer vintage handbags, and shoes along with their house label featuring dress, tops, and rompers made from vintage patterns.
FIDM celebrated the 20th annual Career Connections event on July 27, 2011. Eight hundred FIDM Students joined more than 70 Alumni at the Los Angeles campus and similar high turnouts occured in San Francisco as well. Students were able to meet with successful Graduates of FIDM, network, and receive insight on career opportunities.
Want to get your foot in the door with Nylon Magazine? PacSun is hosting the Dress Irresponsibly Style Challenge on Facebook and the winner will be flown to Manhattan to style a Nylon photo shoot. Post a look that shows off your personal style and you could be on your way to New York City to work with Jay Errico and the rest of his Nylon staff.
Contestants who Like the Pac Sun's Facebook page can upload photos of themselves taking a style challenge. Six finalists will win gift cards from Pac Sun.
Just Accepted Interior Design Student Stacy Tran is a SoCal native who has been passionate about art and design her entire life.
"FIDM offers connections that last a lifetime. From FIDM’s experienced staff to the seemingly never-ending resources, you just don’t get any better. The fact that FIDM’s four campuses are located in California’s hottest cities is just the cherry on top. This way, not only do you learn from FIDM, but you learn from the very city that surrounds it."
FIDM welcomes all 2011 and 2012 accepted students to join us for our Summer Open House on August 13, 2011 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at any of our four California campuses. Meet faculty, current students, and alumni plus experience the creative vibe and get a feel for campus life.
(Pictured at left, the library at FIDM Orange County.)
San Francisco Visual Communications Students from Ed Dahl's Materials & Props classes designed sets for ficticious stage productions of some popular movies such as Dreamgirls, Wizard of Oz, and Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Students had to use the design eras tha they had researched during the first weeks of class to inspire their stage design ideas of a popular film to the stage.
A group of FIDM Advisors and Students participated in the San Francisco AIDS Walk on Sunday. A photo of the group is up on the 99.7 NOW site.
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.
Courtney McCrone has been designing clothing since she was a little girl in her native Cleveland. Inspired by her love of vintage, Courtney will start the Fashion Design Program this fall.
"I am just bursting at the seams (literally) to go to FIDM! I will finally be learning about what I desire to have more knowledge about. Though I am also an artist and love to paint and do other multi media things--Fashion Design is what I am most called to and I want to be able to have a chance to be focusing on just that, which is exactly what FIDM offers. I really have not found any other fashion schools that focuses on your major to such an extreme for every year enrolled."