FIDM Fashion Students Explored the Far Reaches of Africa, Former Russian Empire and the Rue De La Paix
The premier west coast fashion design school, FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, educating for careers in fashion, graphic design, interior design and entertainment, recently organized and host The Annual DEBUT Runway Show at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California.
FIDM Fashion Design Students put all of their efforts to make sure that nobody left their DEBUT 2011 Runway Show, blasé or bored. The students used inspiration from and reflected upon the culture and history of Africa, former Russian Empire and the Rue De La Paix.
Knitwear Design Student Adelle Burda mentioned that her collection was “inspired by people in the rural communities of the former Russian Empire—their colour schemes, their patterns, their fanciful embroideries.” Originally from Zimbabwe, Pamhidzai Mbanga’s collection recalled the ethnic qualities of Africa, with a British tailoring influence.
Rio-inspired costumes, Edwardian menswear and New England kids’ knickers were just some of the styles that were presented to thousands of fashion industry notables, community leaders, and colleagues over the 3-day runway event at FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. According to some opinions, “There is no other student runway show like it on the West Coast”.
Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising is not only famous for its spectacular, ethnically rich Runway Shows but as well for its multi-disciplinary approach to education. This statement was proved once more when thirty students in three disciplines—Textile, Fashion, and Interior Design—collaborated to create ten sets of original matching garments and chairs.
The event came to the end with a gala dinner and scholarship fundraiser, benefiting the FIDM Scholarship Foundation, a non-profit organization, assisting students with the completion of their fashion college education.