Remember our Prom Dress Design Challenge last year? FIDM Fashion Design Student Lizbeth Robles designed our boho look inspired by Lisa Bonet. Well, since then, Lizbeth graduated and is now working full-time as a fashion designer and pattern maker for Vibe Sportswear!
Tell us a little about yourself: I am from Bakersfield, California and I recently graduated from the Fashion Design program at FIDM.
Where are you working now and what do you do? I am working for a label by the name of Vibe. We design juniors, missy, plus and kids. Our strong point is by far our dresses, but we do tops, bottoms, and outerwear as well.
What do you like best about your new position as a patternmaker/designer? I enjoy being able to create something new every day and being surrounded in an environment where I am happy and enjoy the people I get to work with.
What inspires you in your designs? A fusion of culture, music, and art are what have always inspired me, but looking through the past is what inspires me the most.
How do you feel FIDM prepared you for what you are doing now? FIDM prepared me in every aspect for my job; of course there is still a lot to learn now that I have landed the job, but FIDM helped me by pushing me in the right direction and giving me a good overview on everything I need to know.
How did you find out about FIDM? I found out about FIDM my senior year of high school in my Regional Occupation Center, Fashion Merchandising class in Bakersfield.
How did you decide on your major? The counselor I met with before attending FIDM thoroughly explained what every major had to offer and in the end I felt like I related the most to Fashion Design.
Looking back, which classes at FIDM were most valuable to you? Wow, looking back now it is hard to answer this question—all of them had such a major impact on what I need in the work place. From effective speaking and technical flats to up-to-date technology and professional practices—all of my classes helped me to land and keep my job.
Any advice for current FIDM Students? Although working for a big name brand company sounds like a dream come true, small start up companies let you learn more than you can ever imagine and give you the freedom to expand or better prepare you for that big brand name company.
What is your biggest goal right now? My biggest goal right now is to keep learning in my workplace and try my best to perfect my skills in my daily duties and responsibilities such as my patternmaking skills.
Anything else you’d like to share? I really appreciated working with FIDM Fashion Club with the exciting Prom Dress Design Challenge, it really helped enhance my resume and I really enjoyed the experience overall.
Way to go, Lizbeth! Congratulations from all of us at Fashion Club.