(L-R, Lex Lee, Brittany Hampton, Pamela Skaist-Levy and Jon Ezell)
We're so proud of the amazing notables who've visited our classrooms to mentor students and give that real-world advice we value so much! See the list below to find out some of the most recent big names to have spent some time with our students.
1. Glenn Dellimore
The now owner of a multimillion dollar, award-winning beauty company, Glenn Dellimore managed to take a mere $80 investment and turn it into the incredibly successful skin care phenomena “Glam Glow." Now in 86 countries with more than 6,500 Luxury Retail Stores, Spa Back-Bars, Luxury Hotels, Airlines and Cruise Lines, Glam Glow has racked up a wealth of beauty awards over the past few years. Dellimore came to speak exclusively with FIDM Students about his pitfalls, breakthrough and ultimate path to success. He even brought a gift—super mud for everyone!
2. Jordan Doww
Viner, YouTuber, and Social Media Influencer Jordan Doww recently visited FIDM to talk about his strategy for becoming an entrepreneur and how to become successful in social media. Doww is an established online presence whose credits include acting, content creating, directing, writing. Doww also recently debuted his new comedy show HollyWEIRD in February. Jordan came to share his advice for the industry, his wit, and even a couple of jokes!
3. Anastasia Soare
Beauty Pioneer, Creative Visionary, and Powerhouse Entrepreneur Anastasia Soare, recently spoke at FIDM to share her success story of humble beginnings to massive fame. Soare is founder, CEO, and driving force behind Anastasia Beverly Hills—one of the fastest-growing brands in the global beauty industry. Known for her revolutionary “brow-shaping” service to clients—later patented as the “Golden Ratio” method—Soare has gone on to become a staple service and enduring new category in modern beauty. She has been featured in The New York Times, The Guardian, People, Vanity Fair, Vogue, Elle and Allure, among numerous other publications, and has appeared on such television shows as The Doctor Oz Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and America’s Next Top Model.
4. Lindsay Albanese
Another recent FIDM Speaker is Los Angeles-based, established Fashion Stylist and Social Media Influencer Lindsay Albanese. Her real-girl personality, and wit and passion on camera has led her to multiple appearances on national networks as talent, in addition to working behind the scenes with global entertainment franchises and publications as a stylist. As graduate of FIDM, Albanese came back to share her advice on how to best use FIDM as a stepping stone into the industry.
5. Brittany Hampton
Bay Area native and FIDM Graduate Brittany Hampton is the winner of House of DVF, E!'s fashion-docu-series featuring Diane von Furstenberg, scoring a year-long contract with Furstenberg. After promoting the fashion house by hosting parties, attending events and giving interviews in Thailand, London, Paris and Germany, Hampton stopped by FIDM to host an on-campus takeover and offer her first-hand knowledge and advice to students looking to join the industry.
6. Iris Sullivan
Talent Recruiter Iris Zahra Sullivan has an eye for potential—a talent that she puts to good use in her role scouring for the perfect candidates at e-tailer Nasty Gal. Sullivan is in charge of hiring and selecting much of the talent used to run Nasty Gal. Talk about making an impact in a fashion empire! Of course Sullivan also gets the added perk of getting to work alongside the ultimate #GirlBoss Sophia Amoruso. Needless to say students received a wealth of information from her.
7. Ashley Tipton
Fashion Designer and winner of season 14 of Lifetime's Project Runway, Ashley Tipton, is an emerging star on the fashion scene. Ashley accepted her win, being the first ever designer to win with a plus-size collection. She started designing in high school and began selling her collection online after finishing design school gaining following of customers. Her goal was to create fun and vibrate fashions for the plus-size woman. Tipton is currently working on making fashion fun and funky with partnerships with JC Penney and Sally Beauty Supply. She came to speak to FIDM Students about selling her collection to women all over the world and living her mission of making full figured fashion for women, easy and accessible.
8. Candice Cuoco
Fashion Designer and Project Runway Season 14 contestant Candice Cuoco recently graced the FIDM halls to talk about her experience as a budding designer. A graduate of FIDM herself, Candice enrolled in FIDM’s Fashion Design Program to kick start her career. She recently launched her own line and has teamed up with a benefactor who enabled her to be able to show her line at London and Paris Fashion Weeks. With awards like San Francisco’s "Best Emerging Designer of the Year" in 2013 and nominations for "Designer of the Year" in 2014, it’s no wonder students jumped at the chance to hear her speak.
9. Dani Song
The second of the two Song sisters, or Songsters as they are often referred to, Dani Song, recently came to visit FIDM and speak with students and conduct a styling challenge feat her brand, anarchy street jewelry. An LA-based fashion, travel and lifestyle blogger, Song has a lot to bring to the table. Though a hair stylist by trade, Dani is most recognized for her unique street style which she documents effortlessly across her social media platforms.
10. Colleen Atwood
American Costume Designer Colleen Atwood recently came to FIDM to speak about her career in cinema costuming. Colleen has been nominated for the Academy Award for "Best Costume Design" 11 times, winning three times for the films Chicago in 2002, Memoirs of a Geisha in 2005 and Alice in Wonderland in 2010. Atwood, who has collaborated several times with directors Tim Burton and Rob Marshall, shared insight into her process and gave her best advice to aspiring designers on the FIDM Campus.
11. Pamela Skaist-Levy and Gela Nash-Taylor
Powerhouse duo and best friends Pamela Skaist-Levy and Gela Nash-Taylor took a $200 investment and founded a global fashion empire, now known as Juicy Couture. Juicy Couture grew from a small idea to a billion dollar brand. The ladies are now the proud new owners of their own thriving brand Pam & Gela. The ladies recently visited FIDM to chat with students about their new brand and have published their own book, The Glitter Plan.
(L-R, Lex Lee, Brittany Hampton, Pamela Skaist-Levy and Jon Ezell) We're so proud of the amazing notables who've visited our classrooms to mentor students and give that real-world advice we value so much! See the list below to find out some of the most …