Seventeen-year-old Angela Collier knew that she wanted to be a FIDM Student after high school graduation so the junior didn’t waste any time applying. The future Fashion Design major and Sicklerville, New Jersey native will begin her college career in the summer of 2015.
How did your advisor help with the process? Christian was a major help and walked me step-by-step through the application process. The information he gave me only made me want to go to the college even more. He said one thing that really caught my attention: “Learning fashion in California is like learning Spanish in Spain.” He couldn’t have worded that any more perfectly!
Tell us a bit about yourself: I’m usually the quiet type until you get to know me. I love, love, love anime and video games. I’m always looking at stories on reddit or pinning on Pinterest. I love sunshine and colors—my hair has the colors of the rainbow! I like making people laugh and smile. I think I’m most inspired by all of my life experiences. I couldn’t possibly be who I am today without them.
What are your proudest accomplishments so far? Getting accepted into my dream school on my first try as a junior! I can’t wait to attend FIDM.
What made FIDM right for you? I’m already taking fashion design at a technical school. I know that once I enter the Fashion Design Program at FIDM, I will improve my knowledge of the fundamentals of fashion. I already plan to continue into the Advanced Study Program after I graduate and take another major in Theater Costume Design. After seeing the work of students in past DEBUT Runway Show events, all I could think about is how I wanted to make costumes like that.
Describe your entrance project: My color scheme had many bold and bright colors that just came together in the garments I created. Each garment I designed had a symbol or a piece that represented California. Each had symbols like the state flag, the state flower, and names of famous cities in California. Each garment had some kind of print. They were both female and male designs. It was all tied together as a collection.
What are your career goals? I want to be a professional costume designer, a member of the Costume Designers Guild, and win an Emmy for my designs. They are high goals but I know if I work hard enough I’ll achieve them.
What do you expect to learn at FIDM? I expect to learn how to handle the fast-paced fashion industry and how to juggle all the work it will throw at me. I also expect to learn a sense of independence because sometimes all you have is yourself. I know that my constructing skills will improve tenfold at FIDM. I can't wait to see what else the college has in store for me.
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