My Experience Touring the FIDM Orange County Campus

During my time in Anaheim for the 2017 DECA International Career Development Conference, I was able to take a prospective student tour of the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM).

FIDM has been a DECA partner for many years, and is also a member of DECA’s National Advisory Board.

Touring the Orange County FIDM campus can only be explained by one word – amazing! I enjoyed every second of the tour. The Orange County FIDM campus is one of the smaller FIDM campuses. FIDM has four campuses in the Los Angeles area.

FIDM offers 26 Bachelor’s and Associate Degree programs in design and creative business. FIDM students collaborate on project with industry partners like like bebe, Murad, Athleta, Signal Snowboards, Lacoste, GUESS and TOMS.

Since I am from a small town, I liked the small community feel of the campus. The campus was not nearly as overwhelming as I was preparing myself for. The tour itself was delightful. We went to the sewing room, sketching area, library and even a mini FIDM museum.

My favorite part of the entire tour is hard to choose considering the fact that there was so much to love about it!  I loved the library because it was not a normal library with boring classic books in it. If anything this was as far from a traditional library as possible! The FIDM library collection consisted of magazines, fashion books, trend books, window display books and more! My favorite part about the library were the Vogue magazines dating all the way back to 1930!

I loved seeing how fashion has changed in all sorts of ways since the first Vogue issue was printed. I enjoyed every second of the tour and I hope that I will one day get to enjoy the “FIDM campus life” that every FIDM grad enjoys! I don’t know how to thank the FIDM staff and my advisors enough for this amazing opportunity. FIDM is my dream school!

In addition to this tour, I was a dresser for the FIDM Fashion Show held during the #DECAICDC opening session. The theatre costumes featured this year were extravagant. The most interesting design was firebird dress that featured a skirt that the model was able to manipulate when she walked the runway.

While working backstage, I learned about all the hard work, timing, teamwork and coordination it takes to put on a fashion show. Everything is timed down to the second and the show was a ton of work. This was my second year to be a dresser for FIDM, and just like the campus tour, I loved the experience.

Thank you FIDM!

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This article was written by Alma DECA member Josephine Meindardua. You can follow Josephine on Twitter @josephine_m.

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