FIDM Featured in Women's Wear Daily Cover Story
Students from FIDM, Parsons, and FIT recently spoke to Women’s Wear Daily about graduating during a pandemic. The May 19, 2020 edition of the industry publication’s cover story highlights the particular challenges students in hands-on disciplines such as fashion and textile design have faced during Covid-19. The article features words of wisdom from students, faculty, and administrators, as well as illustrations from Advanced Fashion Design Students Brenda Soehendra and Sakura Mizutani and Theatre Costume Design Student Devert Monet Hickman.
“We went 100 percent remote and online learning for the spring and summer quarters, and it’s been great,” said FIDM’s Vice President of Education Barbara Bundy. “The thought process continually changes, because we’re living in this world of uncertainty, but right now it looks like we are doing San Francisco campus graduation in June and Los Angeles in September. What form it will take we don’t know.” She also noted that FIDM wants to reschedule DEBUT.
The article also covered FIDM’s Career Center and how its advisors are working with students one-on-one to arrange virtual interviews. Women’s Wear Daily spoke with four graduating FIDM Students, including Roxana Ontiveros from the Beauty Marketing & Product Development program. “Covid-19 has definitely changed the way I see the world and future,” she said. “The opportunity presented now, creating anew, has given me liberty to begin the execution of the beauty brand of my dreams.”
Barbara Bundy encouraged graduating students to hold on to their dreams and stay positive. “The class of 2020 will always be remembered as the class that graduated during the pandemic,” she told WWD. “I have respect for them, they are working hard on their resumes and portfolios. I know they will get amazing jobs, and they have the skills for tomorrow. They are tech and social media savvy, and ready for what will happen today and in the future.”
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