After nine months of intensive theoretical research, advanced fashion construction, and collection development, eight Advanced Fashion Design Students are showing their fashion collections to the industry in FIDM’s DEBUT Runway Show, live-streaming on Thursday, August 18, 2022, at 6:00 PM PDT.
Led by Fashion Design Co-Chairs Nick Verreos and David Paul and instructors Tomy Huang and Angela Fuentes, this year’s class—Cole Moscaret, Esther Gaor, Ethan Martin, Joel Hindman, Sasha Swedlund, Susan Lizotte, Thierry Kepgang Nana, and Yubin Min—continues to create, inspire, and lead the way as the next generation of changemakers in the fashion industry.
Designing avant-garde streetwear with elements of afrofuturism, student Sasha Swedlund said her collection explores natural hairstyles that Black women wear and “incorporates silhouettes that are from these natural hairstyles like afro puffs or Bantu knots.”
Student Yubin Min, who attended the top fashion and design high school in Korea used fabric manipulation to illustrate the transformation of colors and textures during a flower’s life cycle, “from when they are merely buds to slowly blooming into their fullest form and then dried and covered with resin to preserve their original form."
Each Advanced Study Fashion Design student works closely with dedicated instructors in a professional studio environment using live fit models. Emphasis is placed on creating a cohesive capsule collection based on a creative thought process, proper fabrications, and market analysis.
FIDM Fashion Design Co-Chairs Nick Verreos and David Paul are consulting producers on Bravo’s Project Runway and co-founders of the fashion label, NIKOLAKI.
FIDM is a 4-year private, specialized, accredited college located in Downtown Los Angeles. Under the guidance of faculty who are industry professionals, students learn to strategically integrate design thinking with technology, producing work that is grounded in critical and creative thought.