Students

Dec

08
2011

Vis Comm Students Visit Macy's on NYC Study Tour

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A personal tour of the Macy's holiday windows? Yes, please! Paul Olszewski, Visual Merchandise Director of Windows and Interiors at Macy's, gave FIDM Students a tour of his award-winning windows.  It was just announced last night at PAVE (Planning and Visual Education Partnership) that he and his team won the first place platinum award for best holiday windows. Congrats, Paul!

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FIDM Visual Communications Student Sydney Brady making an ornament at the interactive window.

Dec

07
2011

Auto Show Inspires Product Development Student

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A recent visit to the LA Auto show inspired the latest post from FIDM Merchandise Product Development Student and FIDM Blogger Hallie Fisher. "Cars aren't exactly something I'm passionate about," explains Hallie. "However, throw in luxury fashion and I could be a convert!" Read her post on Cars & Fashion and be sure to leave a comment. We'd love to know your thoughts on the Product Development perspective and how it translates to various industries.

Dec

04
2011

Just Accepted Graphic Design Student is a Passionate Humanitarian

FIDMFuture Graphic Design Student Whitney Elmore is passionate about social justice and humanitarian issues. She has been actively involved with non-profits like Invisible Children and recently taught art in Guatemala where she lived with a family for a week. She is also passionate about attending FIDM and says,

"I have chosen FIDM because it is a place where my creativity will be cultivated, refined, and enriched by both the campus environment and curriculum. FIDM is a place where I will gain knowledge and experience not only in the classroom learning from the expert professors and collaborating with fellow students, but also, out in the world working with companies and professionals in my chosen field. Most importantly, FIDM is a place where I will have the opportunity to be challenged to grow and to continually learn and develop into a stronger and more influential graphic designer."

Read the entire interview with Whitney at FIDM's FashionClub.com Daily Blog.

Nov

27
2011

Just Accepted Visual Communications Student Wants to be a Fashion Stylist

HaleysJust Accepted Visual Communications Student Haley Elizabeth Castro is a southern California native who has had her sights set on FIDM for a long time. She has been a leader since junior high school and was given the "Young Hero of Fullerton" award by the mayor.

"I have been interested in FIDM since I was a freshman in high school, and I couldn't be happier that my dream is finally coming true. I am a hardworking, passionate, and determined young woman. I have had my eyes set on FIDM for years, and I would do anything possible to one day attend this school."

Read the entire interview at FIDM's FashionClub.com Daily Blog.

Nov

23
2011

Wednesday FIDM Student Spotlight

Kelly zepedaKelly Zepeda

Major: Merchandise Marketing

Where did you go to school? Huntington Park HS, LA

Why did you choose FIDM? FIDM is the place to be for fashion in LA. It’s the go-to school.

What do you love about your major? I like the business side. I want to be involved with the fashion industry.

Nov

16
2011

Visual Communications Student Places in Sephora-Sponsored Contest

Picture 1FIDM San Francisco Student Florence Tang placed third in the Visual Merchandising category of PAVE's 2011 Student Design Competition, sponsored by Sephora. FIDM Instructor Teresa Lehane ran the project in her Advanced Digital Imaging class.

In addition to winning a $1,500 prize, she was invited to and will attend the 15th Annual PAVE Gala at Cipriani Wall Street in New York, along with Department Coordinator Lisa Hoffman.

 

Nov

15
2011

Just Accepted Visual Communications Student Wants to Organize Runway Shows

FidmRecently Accepted Visual Communications Student Akriby M. Lopez has a passion for FIDM and the fashion industry. She hopes to one day organize runway shows and photo shoots for leading designers and plans to pursue a masters in New York City after graduating from FIDM.

"Every single event, course, characteristic, activity, and opportunity that FIDM has is a dream come true. I can't see myself anywhere else and I haven't even started my first year at FIDM. FIDM, I truly believe, fits me perfectly from head to toe. One specific jaw dropping fact about FIDM is its support and involvement with each individual student. The application process was so different, and by different I mean amazing."

Read the entire interview at FIDM's FashionClub.com Daily Blog.

Nov

09
2011

Students Attend FIDM's Third Year Program Fair

11208j_3rd year Program Fair_DSC_6191The 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:

Nov

08
2011

FIDM Students Sworn into Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society

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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.

Nov

02
2011

Ahmad Murtaza Wins Cotton, Inc. Demands of Denim Scholarship Competition

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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!

Nov

02
2011

Wednesday FIDM Student Spotlight

Mary Lenore PeraltaMary Lenore Peralta

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.

Oct

26
2011

Wednesday FIDM Student Spotlight

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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.

Oct

25
2011

Just Accepted Merchandise Marketing Student Wants to Own a Department Store

312044_262208030481267_100000762171247_680791_1082507612_nJust 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."

Read the entire interview on FIDM's FashionClub.com Daily Blog.

Oct

24
2011

FIDM Students Tour Italian Theatre Costume Exhibit


Theater Costume DesignsFIDM 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.

Oct

19
2011

Wednesday FIDM Student Spotlight

Amanda JohnsonAmanda Johnson

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.

 

 

 

 

Oct

11
2011

Just Accepted Merchandise Product Development Student Dreams of Changing the World

UntitledJust 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."

Read the entire interview on FIDM's FashionClub.com Daily Blog.

Oct

06
2011

Just Accepted Students Are Twins

6a00d83452491d69e2015435e6990c970c-250wi 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."

Read the entire interview at FIDM's FashionClub.com Daily Blog.

Oct

05
2011

Just Accepted Visual Communications Student Has Traveled the World Helping People

IMG_0493 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."

Read the entire interview at FIDM's FashionClub.com Daily Blog.

Oct

03
2011

Just Accepted Student Featured on Billboard in Indiana

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"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."

Read the entire interview at FIDM's FashionClub.com Daily Blog.

Sep

28
2011

Just Accepted Graphic Design Student Wants to Work for a Design Firm

DSCF1648 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."

Read the entire interview at FIDM's FashionClub.com Daily Blog.

Sep

27
2011

Just Accepted Fashion Design Student Wants to Launch a Line and Help People

IMG_0507 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."

Read the entire interview at FIDM's FashionClub.com Daily Blog.

Sep

26
2011

Just Accepted Merchandise Marketing Student Wants to Become a Buyer

FIDM.picture 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!"

Read the entire interview on FIDM's FashionClub.com Daily Blog.

Sep

23
2011

Celebrity Event Designer Preston Bailey Meets With FIDM Students

Students-PB 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.

Sep

22
2011

Introducing New FIDM Student Blogger Jonathan Soto

Jonathan 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... 

Continue reading Jonathan's story on FIDM's Fashion Club blog.

Sep

22
2011

IMPD Students Arrive in Paris: Day 1

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!

Sep

19
2011

Just Accepted Fashion Design Student Wants to Design For the Stage

IMG_0369 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."

Read the entire interview on FIDM's FashionClub.com Daily Blog.

Sep

16
2011

Just Accepted Fashion Design Student is a Fashion Addict

Andeephoto 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."

Read the entire interview at FIDM's FashionClub.com Daily Blog.

Sep

14
2011

Apparel Industry Management Student Wants to Run Clothing Stores

AmandaIMG_0972 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."

Read the entire interview at FIDM's FashionClub.com Daily Blog.

Sep

07
2011

FIDM and Fashion's Night Out

Fashions_night_out_2011_logo FIDM is participating in two celebrations for Fashion's Night Out, both of which are open to the public, tomorrow night.

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.

Sep

06
2011

FIDM Lending a Hand to "Bag" Hunger

Picture 1 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.

See FIDM's canned goods sculpture on the KTLA Morning News here.

Sep

06
2011

Just Accepted Visual Communications is Competing for Miss Kansas 2012

6a00d83452491d69e2015435310b45970c-250wi 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."

Read the entire interview at FIDM's FashionClub.com Daily Blog.

Aug

31
2011

FIDM at Fashion's Night Out!

B062411A-0056 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.

Aug

29
2011

Just Accepted Student Wants to Open a Boutique and Clothing Line

167204_196180407058880_100000007656063_708507_3428015_n 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."

Read the entire interview on FIDM's FashionClub.com Daily Blog.

 

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