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  • Apr

    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

    Admissions Advisor: Mike Mirabella

    How did your advisor help with the process? Mike has been a great mentor and advisor for me. He has been very supportive and helpful all along my admission process. He worked with me on every step of the process and encouraged, as well as guided me, as to how FIDM will be instrumental in getting me into my dream career.

    Tell us a bit about yourself. In addition to my passion for the field of fashion, my other hobbies include reading, classical and contemporary dancing, cooking, styling, and traveling. I have traveled extensively in Europe, Asia, and America, since childhood. I love learning about different cultures and customs and also like to learn what different cultures have to offer in the world of fashion. Fashion is what I really enjoy and have immense passion for. Styling and exploring new fashion trends come natural to me and I aspire to follow my dream and continue to grow in fashion domain.

    What are your proudest accomplishments so far? Being able to follow my dream and making the decision to change my career from engineering management to fashion. This was not an easy decision for me since it required me to start from the bottom and leave my lucrative career. However, my passion and drive for the field of fashion allowed me to make this transition and be very successful so far in this field.

    What made FIDM right for you? FIDM is one of the most prestigious institutions in the fashion field and it helps provide individuals a platform to acquire new skill sets, get hands-on training, and challenge creativity. FIDM follows the industry trends and standards very closely and allows its students to learn about the most recent technologies and developments in fashion industry. I am positive that FIDM is right for me since it will provide me the platform to accomplish my career goal in fashion industry and will help me get to new heights.

    Describe your entrance project. My entrance project is about my dream to start my own label someday. It is about a specialty store inspired by the Parisian-style boutiques, which would sell a variety of women’s apparels and accessories sourced from various premium fashion brands from around the world. The project shows that this store would cater to the woman of today who is smart, confident, outgoing, and who juggles between various lifestyles like that of a career woman or a fitness enthusiast or one who loves to travel.

    What are your career goals? Upon my graduation from FIDM, I want to work as a buyer for a high-end or a luxury brand and eventually, after getting sufficient experience, I want to be an entrepreneur and start my own label. I believe that FIDM will be instrumental in shaping my career and will help me realize my dream.

    What do you expect to learn at FIDM? I believe that the Merchandise Marketing Program at FIDM will help open new doors for me to make a successful career in the fashion domain. It will help provide me a wide range of opportunities within the industry including merchandise marketing, retail buying as well as other leadership and management roles. This major will help me acquire and improve skills including communication, research, creative and analytical thinking, which are key to becoming a successful professional, and an entrepreneur in this industry.


    Categories: Just Accepted, FIDM, Admissions, International, Interview, Transfer Student

  • Mar

    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 … Read More

  • Feb

    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, globa … Read More

  • Feb

    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? Seun … Read More

  • Nov

    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 … Read More

  • Jun

    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 ma … Read More

  • Jun

    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 … Read More

  • Jun

    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? … Read More

  • Jun

    Just Accepted International Student is Excited to Attend His Dream School This Summer

    Name: Rodrigo Navarrete Age: 27 Hometown: San Miguel, El Salvador Previous College: Escuela de Comunicación Mónica Herrera (Santa Tecla, El Salvador) FIDM Major: Fashion Design FIDM Campus and Start Date: Los Angeles Campus, Summer 2015 Admissions Adv … Read More

  • May

    Just Accepted MPD Student From Shanghai, China Comes From a Fashion Family

    Name: Yoomi Ren Age: 18 Hometown: Shanghai, China FIDM Major: Merchandise Product Development FIDM Campus and Start Date: Los Angeles, July 2016 Admissions Advisor: Seung Kim How did your advisor help with the process? I would never have achieved my su … Read More