FIDM’s Debut Fashion Show
Josephine Meinardus | President of Arkansas DECA
Most of our DECA universe has heard of FIDM’s Debut Fashion Show (if you haven’t you need to check it out). If you were at an ICDC opening session in 2016 or 2017, you have seen a snippet of their show. Now imagine that show and multiply it by a million! This show was beyond amazing. My local chapter, Alma DECA, has helped FIDM by serving as dressers for the ICDC show, so I have been backstage for the other FIDM shows I’ve attended. This was the first time that I got to sit down and enjoy myself being surrounded by these amazing creative minds.
The debut runway show at FIDM is held each spring and features designs by graduating students in the Fashion Design and Theatre Costume Design Advanced Study programs, as well as work from Interior Design, Digital Media and Textile Design students. These graduate students take their work seriously, as you can tell from the designs they send down the runway. The debut show had three different sections: theatre, chairing styles and the debut show.
The theme for the theater/costume design was Kings and Queens. This was spectacular and gorgeous. The models really embodied the costumes in a theatrical way, making the scenes come to life.
Chairing styles combines three majors in one. FIDM pairs up an interior designers and a fashion designer, then that team uses the creations of a textile designer. The fashion designer has to make a new piece of clothing and the interior designer makes a chair using the fabric that the textile designer made.
The debut allows the designer to truly show off their personality and have full creative freedom. Every collection was breathtaking, and I could not imagine anything better. The FIDM debut show was an amazing experience that I will never forget. If you ever get the chance to go, I highly recommend it.
Josephine Meinardus is the President of Arkansas DECA. Follow her on Twitter @josie_meinardus.