One Saturday afternoon a few weeks ago, I had the privilege of exploring an exceptional Fashion School that has produced and helped train some of the most skilled & successful designers on the West Coast. FIDM is accredited by NASAD and offers majors from Fashion Design to Apparel Industry Management & Merchandising Product Development & Social Media to name a few. For returning students that already have a Bachelor’s or master’s degree like myself a Bachelor of Arts can be attained in a 12-18 month program for approximately $34K-$39K.
FIDM gives their students the opportunity to compete in the Chairing Styles which can result in working opportunity for GUESS or Elliot. “The Textile Design students design the fabric for the upholstery and the clothing, the Interior Design students design a chair that incorporates the fabric, and the Fashion Design students create an outfit that matches the chair. Interior Design students are paired with a chair manufacturer who donates their materials and craftsmanship to make one-of-a-kind prototypes seen on the runway.”
LA Fashion Designer Nick Verreos and David Paul creators of NIKOLAKI Designs has been featured on QVC and Project Runway, twice, and has designed dresses for celebrities such as Heidi Klum, Beyoncé, Katy Perry and Carrie Underwood. After graduating FIDM, Nick quickly partnered with David Paul and created his high-end fashion line in 2001. He specialized in evening wear, red carpet and just being overall fabulous, making an impression with everyone he meets! He is an alumni of FIDM, class of “93” and he continues to go back and speak to future students to help inspire and motivate them to follow their dreams and continue their education. His story was one of courage and strength. I found his message to be strong, compelling and easy to relate to. His sense of style is evident and his personality is even sweeter than his outfit. If he is an example of what comes out of FIDM then I deem that may be a good place to start for any potential student.
In 2018, FIDM is offering a student abroad program to Paris, France where students will further their experience and hands on training by attending several private couture houses and workshops which include “House of Lesage”, Chanel’s embroidery atelier workshop and “House of Legeron” which makes custom silk flowers for Christian Dior and Manolo Blahnik. The trip offers art, fashion, history, a private cooking class and even a trip to the ballet. The tour includes an in-depth look at Parisian life is sure to help inspire more creativity for your future designs. They also have scheduled a day trip to Versailles and Monet’s garden in Giverny.
As my tour was winding down, I couldn’t resist taking a walk and about a block to your left you will find some of LA’s best downtown street art as shown below. Many line up to wait their turn to take a quick snap with this creative piece. Not done by a FIDM student but is certainly worth the detour if you are in the area. I almost cropped out the gentleman to the right of the picture but then decided to leave him in as he adds a sense of downtown rawness and realness to the shot.
LA Street Art