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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 Design, Costume Design, Student News, International Students, Interview

  • Feb

    Observant Muslim Teen Signs with IMG

    Halima Aden, the Minnesota teenager who wore a hijab in her state's Miss USA pageant, has been signed by a major model agency, IGM. Her first runway show is Kanye West's Yeezy show at New York's Fashion Week. "I want to spread a positive message about beauty a … Read More

  • Jan

    Grad is Assistant Buyer for Zalando

    Merchandise & Marketing Graduate Cecilia Jacobsson, who came to FIDM as an International Student from Sweden, is now the Assistant Buyer at Zalando UK, based in Berlin, Germany. The online fashion retailer is known for carrying an impressive range of 1,500 hig … Read More

  • Jan

    Catching Up With International Student Anna Hsiao

    Originally from Taiwan, Anna Hsiao is currently pursuing Merchandise Product Development at FIDM. We were able to get to know a little bit more about her in an interview. Learn about her FIDM Experience and career goals below. Where are you from? How do you l … Read More

  • Aug

    Art of Thai Silk Reception & Fashion Show Held at FIDM Museum & Galleries

    On August 9, 2016, the Art of Thai Silk Reception & Fashion Show was presented by the Royal Thai Consulate-General in Los Angeles in collaboration with the Office of Contemporary Art and Culture, Tourism Authority of Thailand and Department of International … Read More

  • Jul

    Catching Up With FIDM China Alumna Ambassador Chloe Cheng (English and Chinese)

    When did you graduate from FIDM and what was your major? I gradated in 2012, my major was Merchandise Marketing. 你什么时候毕业的专业是什么? 我在2012年毕业,我的专业是市场营销。 What is your current job title, and what is your company all about? I am the co-founder of Shangh … Read More

  • Jun

    A Conversation With DEBUT Designer Tomy Huang (English and Chinese)

    By Chloe Cheng Recent Advanced Fashion Design Graduate Tomy Huang is originally from Beijing, China, but says he loves living, working, and studying in California. Learn more about this International Student's exciting time at FIDM. How did you choose to s … Read More

  • May

    Catching Up With FIDM Graduate Bianca Hsu of Voda Swim

    FIDM Ambassador Chloe Cheng recently chatted with Bianca Hsu, who is the Brand Manager of Voda Swim in Taiwan. Learn more about her busy and exciting career overseas: When did you graduate from FIDM and what was your major? 你什么时候毕业的专业是什么? I graduated in 200 … Read More

  • Apr

    Just Accepted Merchandise Marketing Student Left Behind Lucrative Engineering Career to Follow Her FIDM Dreams

    Name: Richa Bhatiani Age: 31 Hometown: New Delhi, India Previous College: B.E. in Engineering Management and M.S. in Project Management FIDM Major: Merchandise Marketing, Professional Designation  FIDM Campus and Start Date: LA Campus, April 2016 Admis … Read More

  • Mar

    Graphic Design Graduate Runs Her Own Design Firm in Jakarta, Indonesia

    Name: Krizia Soetaniman Occupation: Graphic designer and owner Company: KriziaSoe Design Location: Jakarta, Indonesia FIDM Major: Graphic Design Graduated: 2015 
What do you love about your work? I work for myself and designing has always been a part o … Read More