Name: Iola Favell
Hometown: I grew up in Orange County, California, but currently reside in a small town outside of Austin, Texas.
Previous College: Texas State University
FIDM Major: Creative Industry Studies with a concentration in Apparel Industry Management
FIDM Campus and Start Date: LA, April 2018
Admissions Advisor: Susan Pope
How did your advisor help with the process? It felt as if Susan was my friend that was trying to help me make the right decision for my future. Never once did I feel like she was trying to 'sell me on FIDM,' but was simply a friend talking out what would be the best school and program for me.
Tell us a bit about yourself. I have known I wanted to do something related to fashion, but didn't know where I fit into that equation. It wasn't until this year that I realized I wanted to pursue a career that was design and business oriented. As a daughter of two graphic designers and sister of a jewelry designer, it would be a shame to dismiss my creative talents. I come from an English background and it will be refreshing to be back in the state I love.
What are your proudest accomplishments so far? I am proudest of how I have constantly pushed myself out of my comfort zone over the past couple of years. These years may not have been easy, but I wouldn't change a thing as it has made me who I am.
What made FIDM right for you? FIDM is right for me because I love how I will be surrounded by instructors and classmates who adore the fashion industry as much as I do. It allows me to study business and design all at once, which is not offered at my current institution.
What are your post-FIDM goals? It would be a dream to be able to work as a stylist for editorial shoots or even celebrity events. I love being able to create looks that make people look twice and catch their eye.
What do you expect to learn at FIDM? I expect to be able to learn more creative techniques versus solely business so I will be able to understand both sides of the industry. It is rare to find a program that challenges you in both business and design.