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  • Feb

    A French Student's Passion for Costume Design

    Amandine Garcia is an international student from France, studying Fashion Design to become a Costume Designer. She is in her second quarter, attending FIDM on a scholarship awarded by the Fondation Marcel Bleustein-Blanchet in France. Her passion for costume design is positively infectious.

    When asked how she is settling into life here, she said, “It is going so great. It’s more than a school here. It’s like a family or your home, because everyone is helping you. The teachers are really amazing. We have all of the equipment available and we have the best library ever, for fashion or costume design. It’s really an amazing school and I am really happy to be here.”

    Since she was a small child, she has had a great passion for costume design. “I used to sit on a bench with my grandmother,” she said, “and invent the lives of the people who were walking by. Just imagining what their life was like, based on their clothes. Clothes can tell everything about someone—their psychology and personality.”

    Her favorite class so far is Nancy Riegelman’s sketching class. “Her drawings are so amazing, so realistic, with emotion. You can even imagine the personality of the drawing. She is so talented.”

    Seven years ago, she wanted to apply to FIDM but first decided to become more proficient in English, so she moved to London. When she was ready, she took a trip to Florida, to meet with an advisor from FIDM.

    “When I did the interview, I knew it was the best school ever. I met with FIDM Alumni. They have amazing careers. I really hope I will have one like this after FIDM.”

    Her goal is to able to portray the psychology of a character through costume. After studying art in high school, she pursued a degree in psychology. She then moved to Barcelona to do two post-graduate programs: Costume Design and Historical Pattern.

    “When I was in Barcelona, I was working as an assistant of a costume designer. I think it was the best time of my life, really. This job is a guarantee of happiness for me. When I am sad or anything, I am working and I feel happy.”

    “I really like that costume is a form of communication that can be understood by everyone,” she said, “even without speaking the same language. It’s a visual language. It can cause you to dream, to travel, transport you to another world, a magical world. That’s fantastic.”

    And here’s a fun fact about Amandine. Every Friday night, she goes to the shooting of television shows, just so she can be in the audience. “I just want to be close to the set,” she said, “to be close to my dream.” She is inspired by watching the team of people working together on the set. That is passion.

    “I really want to have a job in Los Angeles. I think it’s the best place in the world. But if I have to move, I will because it doesn’t matter where I am. I just want to do my job.”

    Fondation Marcel Bleustein-Blanchet Scholarship Winner Amandine Garcia from FIDM.


    Categories: Fashion, Costume Design, Student News, International, Interview

  • Feb

    Bradon McDonald Designs Costumes for the Stage

    The Los Angeles Times has a story about former Project Runway finalist and FIDM Graduate Bradon McDonald, whose costumes were seen over the weekend at LA's Ahmanson Theatre in performances by Jessica Lang Dance. Bradon, a former dancer with the Mark Morris Dan … Read More

  • Feb

    Fashionable Likeness Exhibition at Getty

    Calling all Los Angeles fashion and costume design students plus lovers of British costume dramas and art history: this current exhibition at the Getty is delicious eye candy and inspiration. Called "Fashionable Likeness: Pastel Portraits in 18th century Brita … Read More

  • Feb

    See Photos From the Opening Reception of the 25th Annual Costume Exhibition

    Costume designers, FIDM Alumni, and fashion fans attended an Opening Reception of the 25th annual "Art of Motion Picture Costume Design" exhibition at FIDM's Museum & Galleries in Los Angeles this past weekend. The exhibition, which opens to the public on Tues … Read More

  • Feb

    Rogue One and La La Land in Costume Design Exhibit

    The FIDM Museum's annual exhibition, "Art of Motion Picture Costume Design," has become a tradition for LA locals and movie lovers alike. This year, we celebrate the exhibition’s 25th year of showcasing excellence in film costume design. Explore the rich histo … Read More

  • Dec

    Enclothed Cognition: The Science of How We Dress

    Enclothed cognition is the name for the scientific study of the link between how what we wear effects how we feel and how we are perceived by others. An economics story in the New York Times says that evidence proves the importance of dressing for the role we … Read More

  • Nov

    Rolling Stones Defined Rock Fashion

    Men in dresses? Black velvet Victorian frock coats, jewels and eye-patches? Unisex sequined bell bottoms and high-heeled boots? If you're one of the Rolling Stones, it's been there, done that. "Exhibitionism," a huge fashion art show, curated in London, and n … Read More

  • Aug

    Guillermo Del Toro Exhibition at LACMA is a Monster Show

    Giant bugs, dental equipment, comic books, gilt-edged funeral notices of children, illustrations by Edward Gorey, and a giant head of uber monster Frankenstein—these are just a few of the macabre but beautiful items that director Guillermo Del Toro sur … Read More

  • Aug

    Outlander Costume Designer Terry Dresbach Visits FIDM

    Outlander Costume Designer Terry Dresbach met with FIDM Students to share stories of her work on the time travel romance series that jumps from the 1940s to the 18th century and back to the '60s. Her visit coincided with the 10th Art of Television Costume … Read More

  • Aug

    America's Gymnasts Turn Up the Bling

    The amount of bling showered on the American gymnast's leotards at the Summer Olympics in Rio this summer is record-breaking, according to fashion editor Vanessa Friedman in the New York Times. Friedman traces the history of the gymnastic leotard from … Read More