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  • Jun
    09
    2016

    A Conversation With DEBUT Designer Tomy Huang (English and Chinese)

    By Chloe Cheng

    Recent Advanced Fashion Design Graduate Tomy Huang is originally from Beijing, China, but says he loves living, working, and studying in California. Learn more about this International Student's exciting time at FIDM.

    How did you choose to study at FIDM?
    My mother’s friend recommended FIDM for me. She said FIDM is the biggest and famous fashion school in California. When I first time came to this school and chatted with my advisor, she told me they have an Advanced Study Program for Fashion Design with 10 to 12 students who create their own collection and show at FIDM’s DEBUT. 

    你是怎样会选择在FIDM学习的?
    我是通过我妈妈的朋友介绍才知道FIDM的。在我第一次去学校面试的时候,他们看了我的作品集,然后告诉我他们有一个高级课程。这个课程是通过学校的面试,最后选择10-12个学生。这些选入的学生用9个月时间准备一个系列,最后在每年的三月会有一次专门的走秀来展示自己的系列,我是因为这个课程才来到的FIDM。在今年的3月31号,我刚刚完成了我的系列,并且在DEBUT 秀上展示了自己的作品。

    Where did you study/work before FIDM?
    I graduated from ESMOD (Beijing) 5 years ago with a fashion design degree. After graduation, I was hired as a pattern making and sewing instructor by ESMOD Beijing Branch, meanwhile, I also worked as a pattern maker for NE·TIGER, which is a top luxury couture brand in China for 4 years. In addition, I also worked for some companies as creative designer and product director at the same time.

    来FIDM之前你在哪里学习或工作?
    我是2011年毕业于ESMOD(BEIJING)服装设计与制版专业。毕业后留校做了一年老师,负责缝纫和制版助教。同时我也在东北虎(NE·TIGER)做过四年的合作制版师,还在其他的一些品牌里当过高级设计师、制版师以及设计总监。

    What do you like the most about FIDM? 
    I learned a lot in my general course, which made my English skills better and better. Also, I learnt a lot of knowledge about fashion history, textile science, critical thinking, and some history about America. My successful story is I took seven classes in one quarter, which is really hard for international student.

    你最喜欢FIDM哪里?分享一下你的成功故事
    我最喜欢FIDM的是可以在这里学习到许多其他的基本课程,这些课程都使我的英文以及其他的知识面进步了许多。比如说服装史,面料课程,批判性思维课程和一些美国的历史课。我认为最大的成就是在一个学期里面同时拿了7堂课,这对于留学生来说是非常困难的。毕竟英语不是我们的母语,而且都是基本课程,需要写许多的论文,所以这个挑战性是非常高的。

    How do you think FIDM will prepare your career in the future?
    I think FIDM provided me with a really good platform to show my design work via the DEBUT show. Through this platform, I met lots of friends who can really help me in LA’s fashion field. More and more people know my design work and my talent.

    你觉得FIDM是如何准备你的未来事业发展?
    我认为FIDM给我提供了一个非常好的平台来展示我的设计作品。通过这场走秀我可以认识到更多的人,也让很多人认同了我的设计。

    Anything else you’d like to add?
    My suggestion for other students is enjoy the studying process and try to learn more from school. Because the time goes really fast, and there are so many courses you need to take in a really short time. Also, I suggest to meet more foreign students at FIDM, because you will learn about different cultures from these students and share with each other. It can also improve your English skills very fast.

    还有什么独特见解你想要和大家分享的吗?
    我希望选择FIDM的同学们一定要好好珍惜在这里的学习时光,因为时间会过的非常快。每个学期只有三个月,而且学习内容很繁重,许多的留学生出国以后很少真正的投入学习。可是如果真的认真的用心学的话,一定会受益匪浅。还有就是在美国学习一定要尽量多的融入美国的文化,这样不仅可以了解更多我们所不知的文化,并且可以快速的提升我们的英文水平。

    What’s your plan now that you have graduated?
    I plan to start my business now. I want to design a new collection and am looking for a chance to sell it or show my collection at Fashion Week. At the time, I also can do some freelance about design and pattern-making jobs.

    你刚刚毕业,那你有什么打算吗?
    其实这算是我第二次毕业了,这次毕业以后我打算开始做我的品牌。有人问我会不会要去公司找工作,可是对于我来说很难找到我想要做的工作。因为我本身就有许多年的设计与制版经验,而现在在美国的opt身份又很难找到理想的工作。所以我准备设计新的系列,然后试图找一些机会可以在时装周上展示我的作品。同时我也可以做一些兼职的设计与制版工作。

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  • May
    23
    2016

    Catching Up With FIDM Graduate Bianca Hsu of Voda Swim

    FIDM Ambassador Chloe Cheng recently chatted with Bianca Hsu, who is the Brand Manager of Voda Swim in Taiwan. Learn more about her busy and exciting career overseas: When did you graduate from FIDM and what was your major? 你什么时候毕业的专业是什么? I graduated in 200 … Read More

  • Apr
    18
    2016

    Just Accepted Merchandise Marketing Student Left Behind Lucrative Engineering Career to Follow Her FIDM Dreams

    Name: Richa Bhatiani Age: 31 Hometown: New Delhi, India Previous College: B.E. in Engineering Management and M.S. in Project Management FIDM Major: Merchandise Marketing, Professional Designation  FIDM Campus and Start Date: LA Campus, April 2016 Admis … Read More

  • Mar
    08
    2016

    Graphic Design Graduate Runs Her Own Design Firm in Jakarta, Indonesia

    Name: Krizia Soetaniman Occupation: Graphic designer and owner Company: KriziaSoe Design Location: Jakarta, Indonesia FIDM Major: Graphic Design Graduated: 2015 
What do you love about your work? I work for myself and designing has always been a part o … Read More

  • Feb
    15
    2016

    IMPD Students Take Unforgettable Study Trip to Hong Kong

    All 11 of FIDM's International Manufacturing & Product Development Students recently visited Hong Kong, along with FIDM Vice President of Education Barbara Bundy and Special Projects Chairperson Amanda Starling, for hands-on learning in a fast-paced, global … Read More

  • Feb
    09
    2016

    Just Accepted Beauty Student Has 7,000 Followers on Makeup-Focused Instagram

    Name: Sofia Aldana Age: 17 Hometown: Barranquilla, Colombia FIDM Major: Beauty Industry Merchandising & Marketing FIDM Campus and Start Date: Los Angeles, Fall 2016 Admissions Advisor: Seung Kim  How did your advisor help with the process? Seung was ve … Read More

  • Nov
    05
    2015

    Just Accepted Visual Communications Student Hails From Durban, South Africa

    Name: Alexia Vaden Age: 18 Hometown: Durban, South Africa Current School/Work: I'm a senior at Corona del Mar High School. I've been working at Hobie Surf Shop in Corona del Mar for two years. FIDM Major: Visual Communications FIDM Campus and Start Date: … Read More

  • Jun
    30
    2015

    Brand New MPD Grad Is Design and Trend Researcher at Avery Dennison

    Recent Merchandise Product Development Graduate Radhika Parsana, who previously studied biotechnology in India, already has a job as a design and trend researcher at Avery Dennison, a global leader in pressure-sensitive label technology serving the global mar … Read More

  • Jun
    19
    2015

    Just Accepted MPD Student Studied Fashion in Singapore Prior to Moving to the U.S.

    Name: Aijing Wu Age: 25 Hometown: Guangzhou, China Previous College: LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore FIDM Major: Merchandise Product Development FIDM Campus and Start Date: LA, October 2015 Admissions Advisor: Susan Pope How did your advisor help wit … Read More

  • Jun
    11
    2015

    Just Accepted International Student Dreamed of Studying Visual Communications at FIDM

    Name: Florencia Dabney Age: 21 Hometown: Cancun, Mexico Previous College: Irvine Valley College FIDM Major: Visual Communications FIDM Campus and Start Date: L.A. Fall 2015 Admissions Advisor: Kathi Gilbert How did your advisor help with the process? I have b … Read More

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