Full Name: Epic Hemmy Darbani
Hometown: Irvine, CA
Year in School: Senior
FIDM Major: Fashion Design
Campus and Start Date: Orange County, Fall 2012
Admissions Advisor: Joleen Harris
Tell us a bit about yourself. I have a great sense of appreciation for art and design. I am people oriented, I love my family and friends, and I also love to meet new people and interact with them. I am a hard-working person and once my mind is set on what I want to do, I put everything into it. I come from a rich culture full of art and design, and growing up with this background and also my family full of artists and designers, has motivated me in this path of design and fashion.
I grew up with not just the notion of fashion, but the great blessing of my aunt who is a fashion designer herself, and has inspired me greatly to follow her footsteps. All my life, I have watched my aunt be able to stand in front of the mirror and produce grace and elegance with the simplest of applications. I want very much to be able to bring this ability to people in general, in an effort to make them feel good themselves in their clothing.
What are your proudest accomplishments so far? During my sophomore year in high school, I was chosen among all of the aspiring artists at my school to have my own art exhibit. People came each day for two weeks to observe my sketches and designs and hundreds of people from different countries, backgrounds, and schools (including important people with legitimate art backgrounds showed up.) This was where I first got my motivation and encouragement to follow a serious path in fashion design.
When it was over, people left me notes and comments about what they thought overall. It was an amazing feeling reading comments coming all the way from professionals to little girls in elementary or middle school telling me that when they grew up they wanted to be this good at their drawing and that I had inspired them. My other most singular accomplishment would be getting accepted at FIDM.
What made FIDM right for you? Going into my freshman year as I started to think about my future after high school, I began to do my research to see if there were any good fashion schools available in California. The first thing that popped up on Google was FIDM, and after numerous times visiting the website, looking at pictures, reading about it, and watching the DEBUT videos on the website and on YouTube, I knew in my heart that instant that FIDM was going to be exactly what I wanted. I know for a fact that not only is FIDM going to help me in the upcoming years, but it will be there for me in my career as well. I know that I will be able to turn to FIDM for answers and help not only as a student, but also as a professional.
Also, when I realized in my research that FIDM has four locations in California, I found that significant because I feel that it could be important to be able to interact with different professionals in different academic environments, providing an even broader spectrum of opinions and design perspectives and opportunities for growth. Also, most importantly, from my very first interaction with FIDM, I was always treated well by a warm and friendly staff who always answered my questions quickly and throughly.
Describe your entrance project. My entrance project began with making an inspiration board that included my ideal theme, color blending, and textures that go well together. Ever since I was a little girl, I have been fascinated by a classy, elegant, and graceful look, and from this season's Vogue Paris, I put together the gowns and clothes all on one board, then gathered some pieces here and there (such as 3D flowers and other enhancements) that would go with some gowns. Using that inspiration board, I sketched out six different ideal gowns from what I had just made.
After sketching them, I put them together into a scrapbook where next to every sketch was the detail used in that gown including such components as fabrics, shoes, accessories, sequins, diamonds, etc.
What are your career goals? My career goal is to ultimately have my own clothing line and own boutique. My passion for design varies so much that I want to create everything from evening gowns to children’s clothes and wedding dresses.
What do you expect to learn at FIDM? I expect to learn everything that I need to know about fashion and how to bring my creations to life, from sketching to sewing to presenting to the world. And most importantly, I want my experience at FIDM to give me the self-confidence to become the successful, motivated fashion designer I have always dreamed I would be!