In FC’s Prom Challenge, FIDM Theater Costume Design Grad Heather O’Shea was challenged to do a redesign of a thrift store dress inspired by Rihanna. We sat down with her to get the inside scoop on the project!
What did you like best about Fashion Club's Prom Challenge in which you designed a dress inspired by Rihanna? My favorite part of the project was collaborating with our stylist and interacting with the fellow designers.
Where did you find your thrift store dress? I went to a Goodwill. The dress was a silk satin Chinese-inspired full length sheath in an awful ochre.
Describe your finished prom dress design: My finished design is a mashup of style reminiscing Rihanna's videos. She's intimidating and inspiring, and I like pushing boundaries.
What is it about your design that reflects Rihanna's style? I sort of just went for it in that last one!
How did you hear about FIDM and what made you decide to go here? I heard about FIDM through college fairs and representative visits to my high school.
How did you choose your major? I love art and creating and character design, and that is how I've always designed clothes and costumes. While going through the Fashion Design program, I knew that I wanted to continue on to the Advanced Theatre Costume Program.
What are your career goals and how is FIDM helping you get there? I want to experience a bit of everything. I keep in contact with my Career Advisor, and that makes every difference.
What advice do you have for someone thinking about going to FIDM? Make the choice you want to make. If you second guess your decision, chances are you're going to change it.