Current Student Interviews

Living the dream

Experience FIDM– vicariously. We’ve been interviewing FIDM Students from all majors. Find out what inspires them, why they chose their majors, and which classes are their favorites.

  • Oct
    27
    2016

    Jacqueline West Scholarship Winner Brisa Gonzalez Wants to Launch Groundbreaking Clothing Line


    1. Name:
    Brisa Gonzalez

    2. Major: Product Development

    3. Campus: FIDM San Francisco 

    4. Why did you decide to attend FIDM? 
    I never thought college was for me. Being the first to graduate high school in my family, college was never really on my mind since no one in my family had even finished high school. I always knew I was "different," had different aspirations and a passion for fashion so I didn't think I fit into a "normal" University of California or junior college until FIDM did a presentation during my junior year of high school. After that, the rest is history. 

    5. What inspired your submission for the Jacqueline West Scholarship? 
    I was inspired to pursue the Jacqueline West Scholarship because of my love for my culture and fashion. 

    6. What fuels your passion for fashion? 
    The fuel to my fire is definitely knowing that one day I can make a difference in the world, even with fashion. My dream is to open a groundbreaking clothing line or company that is entirely for the people. I want my designs to inspire those around me to feel represented, follow their dreams no matter how big and I want everyone to have something to strive for, and believe they can do it. My love for what I do fuels my passion.

    7. How do you see yourself evolving creatively at FIDM? 
    At FIDM I hope to evolve by getting the proper learning tools I need to totally dive into my career. Learning the ins and outs of fashion will definitely be helpful in achieving what I'm trying to do. 

    8. What would you like to pursue for your career? 
    I'm really passionate about activism. All too often I feel as if not everyone is represented in today's fashion world. Whether it be unaffordable or simply boring, something needs to change. I feel like fashion is a great way to speak about important issues happening in today's world. Fashion is really an embodiment of who you are as a person and I want everyone to understand that you should always be yourself. I want the new generations to know that they can be successful while looking "different." It's about confidence and that's what I plan to accomplish with my own business. 


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  • Oct
    25
    2016

    FIDM Student Teams Are Semi-Finalists in NRF Student Challenge Competition

    This year, the NRF Foundation collaborated with STORY, the New York City retailer, for the Student Challenge Competition - The Big Pitch. This business-case competition allows NRF Student Association members to demonstrate their creativity and business acume … Read More

  • Oct
    21
    2016

    San Francisco Visual Communications Students Design and Install Booth for DIFFA SF Fundraiser

    Last Wednesday, students in the Visual Communications Design Installation class installed a photo booth they designed for Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA) SF and their annual fundraising event. The evening's theme was SHINE, and based on th … Read More

  • Oct
    19
    2016

    Nike Industry Partner Project Launches with Student Visit to Company Headquarters

    The International Manufacturing & Product Development Advanced Study program teaches students about all phases of the product development cycle from the initial concept and design to technical design, global sourcing, costing, production and marketing to the … Read More

  • Oct
    18
    2016

    Mother and Daughter Duo Team Up for Chairing Styles

    Not only do mother and daughter Kristi and Whitney Odman attend FIDM together, but they are also Chairing Styles team members who are collaborating on a coordinating chair and dress that will be featured at DEBUT in 2017. The annual project and exhibition al … Read More

  • Oct
    11
    2016

    Recap: Fall Quarter 2016 Students are #FIDMBound

    In order to celebrate and excite our upcoming fall quarter 2016 students, we launched the #FIDMBound Photo Challenge a few weeks ago.The challenge consisted of several topics over the course of one week. We asked everyone who wished to participate to menti … Read More

  • Oct
    10
    2016

    Dress to Impress: FIDM Fall Orientation Street Style

    There is no doubt about it--FIDM Students are among the most trend-setting individuals in the LA fashion scene. This fact was definitely showcased at the FIDM Fall 2016 Orientation. Scroll down to not only see a wide variety of unique looks, but also t … Read More

  • Sep
    27
    2016

    Introducing FIDM SD Student and Social Ambassador Ymani Ethridge

    Name: Ymani Ethridge Major: Merchandise Product Development  Campus: San Diego Hometown: San Diego  Describe your style: My style is based off of what inspires me and what makes me feel comfortable and empowered when I walk down the street or halls at sc … Read More

  • Sep
    13
    2016

    99 Cents Only Store in West LA Displays FIDM Students' High Fashion Designs From Store Items

    The 99 Cents Only Stores located at 11040 W. Pico Blvd., in West Los Angeles, is currently featuring four fashion-inspired displays crafted by FIDM Visual Communications Students using everyday items from the store. Four groups of students selected a theme a … Read More

  • Aug
    17
    2016

    Denim Series: Deconstructing Denim Garments

    FIDM Instructor Tricia Edwards dug deeper into the lingo and practices of the industry in her lunchtime denim seminar this week. Passing around jeans and jackets from labels like Lucky, Gap, and Zara, Edwards broke down the kinds of choices that designers … Read More

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