Advanced Fashion Design

Design your DEBUT fashion collection

Professional models? Check. Runway? Check. Rapt audience, fashion photographers, and celebrity guests? Check, check, and check. Imagine presenting your own fashion collection to an audience of industry insiders at our annual DEBUT Runway Show and Gala Event. Each year students in our Advanced Study Fashion Design Program do just that.

The only student runway show like it on the West Coast, DEBUT attracts almost 10,000 people over three days. Watch clips from previous DEBUT shows.

What Our Students Learn

In our program students learn the skills to:

  • Produce industry quality garments.
  • Utilize trend research, market analysis, concept development, color story, and fabric selection to develop an appropriate collection for an identified market.
  • Conceptualize, create, and present a cohesive fashion collection on the runway.
  • Launch a fashion brand.

Why FIDM?

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work closely with dedicated teachers in a special studio space to create a collection based on personal aesthetic choices. Fashion Designers who have completed FIDM's Advanced Fashion Design Program include:

Monique Lhuillier

Fashion Designer whose gowns have been worn by by the world's most glamorous women including Drew Barrymore, Katie Holmes, Angelina Jolie, and Scarlett Johansson.

Estevan Ramos

Fashion Designer who has dressed Christina Aguilera, Salma Hayek, and Jessica Alba, among others.

Nick Verreos

Project Runway contestant and FIDM Instructor.

Leanne Marshall

Project Runway winner.

Kevan Hall

Designer whose clothing has been worn by Salma Hayek and Charlize Theron, to name two.

Kelli Martin

Project Runway contestant.


I didn't know how to cut and sew before I came to FIDM. When I was a student I was full of dreams and knew I loved clothing, but I was also scared. I was fortunate that I could start my own line and risk it all." -- Monique Lhuillier, Celebrity Bridal and Evening Wear Designer.

A Closer Look

The Advanced Study Program in Fashion Design develops specialized expertise in the student's individual area of study. The curriculum is structured to provide the opportunity to explore and analyze new ideas, and study industry related principles of design and construction as well as to apply industry techniques.