FIDM Student: Paige Baldwin

Students give an inside look at their college experience

Paige Baldwin

Fashion Design

Tell us a bit about yourself.
I'm a new mom, covered in mashed-up bananas, divulging myself in my online store. I love the opportunity I have to stay home with our son, and focus on my new business, thanks to my loving fiance. I find myself constantly obsessing with ideas for new clothes and paying an unnatural amount of attention to the details in many of my own clothes. When I'm not playing house or sewing my soul away, I can often be found in yoga class, which is my ultimate escape.

What are your proudest accomplishments so far?
My son, Nixon, is by far my proudest accomplishment. It is amazing to watch him grow and discover something new every day; he is the motivation behind most of what I do. A few other things that I feel proud of include my Etsy shop, OAKscarves, and a charity project that I have started for our local Ronald McDonald House.

These things allow me to get some of my ideas out in "the real world" as well as help others. And, of course, being accepted to FIDM is also amongst these other accomplishments. This will be the next stepping stone along the path of something great to come!

What made FIDM right for you?
I believe that FIDM can give me more than just the technical skills that I need, and this is why it is my primary choice over many others. The abundant resources here give me all the tools necessary to become successful in the fashion industry. Most importantly, emphasis is placed on teaching the skills that I will need to be successful in my future work environment.

I will be exposed to an extensive fashion community, and the direct involvement that FIDM has with the fashion trade will be instrumental in my ability to network with others in my field of interest. I also love the emphasis that is placed on encouraging its students to be creative. It is this encouraging nature that proves to me this is where I will learn to become successful in the fashion industry and be able to achieve my goal of becoming a children's fashion designer.

Describe your entrance project.
The application included an inspiration page and six sketches. My inspiration page was a collection of natural colors, like turquoise, tan, and coral, and children from Africa, mixed with new runway fashions. I used this inspiration page to create a collection of three girls' and three boys' outfits for an approximate age group of 8-12 years. I would compare the style of these outfits to a style you might find at Anthropologie.

What are your career goals?
My hope is that by becoming a successful children's fashion designer, I will one day have the privilege of traveling to underdeveloped communities to make clothes for the children in those communities, while learning about their culture and environment. I then want to use the influences of their cultures as inspiration to create new clothing design. I believe it is very important to use the talents you were given to help others, even if it is in a small way.

What do you expect to learn at FIDM?
I am excited to learn how properly sketch my designs and present them, draft up patterns, and, in general, learn how to formerly present a lot of my creativity in a way that others can wear and enjoy!

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