On Saturday 6th April, I attended the FIDM Debut 2019 show at Barker Hangar, Los Angeles. It was the third year I've had the honour of attending and I love going to see the freshest talent that are about to embark on their careers in the fashion industry.
As always the students have been guided by the incredible program at FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Los Angeles) who have nurtured the students and enabled their creativity to run so freely and beautifully with the results being displayed on stage last Saturday night. It was another breathtaking Debut.
This year they had the inclusion of the Advanced Business of Denim, a wonderful new program designed to facilitate the education for students focusing on denim design and development which includes product application, industry sustainability and denim finishing as well as production.
This new program is armouring students with the knowledge that will enable them to succeed in the international world of denim from fibre origin, right through to product life. The program even includes study tours to agricultural sites, textile mills, production facilities and finishing labs that will advance students’ ability to apply their knowledge to the ever-changing denim industry.
With the West Coat being the head of the denim industry with 90% of premium denim brands being represented here, the program couldn't be more appropriate as the newest program available at FIDM. The industry based program includes trips to Amsterdam and Japan bringing students into the facilities and offices of such global brands as GUESS?, Inc., AG, 7 for All Mankind, G-Star, Scotch & Soda, and True Religion for a total hands-on experience.
Here are some of the designers from the night!
The Advanced Business of Fashion
ADVANCED FASHION DESIGN STUDENTS
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With thanks as always to FIDM