FIDM Student Flies To Cabo to Hand Deliver Bridal Veil for Monique Lhuillier Client
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Rachel Zimmermann is super busy and super happy. She's working on two degrees at FIDM, while juggling a full-time job for FIDM Alumna and Fashion Designer Monique Lhuillier. She said since FIDM allows for flexibility in her school schedule, she's been able to work and pay for her sophomore and junior years out of her own pocket! Her story is so inspiring, we're featuring her this month on FashionClub.com's Student News! Don't miss her story on her jet-set trip to Cabo delivering a bridal veil to a client!
Read on for the second part of her interview.
What’s a trend you’re loving right now? Right now I am loving the denim on denim trend. I find it to be such an easy style to mix into an existing wardrobe. Plus, you can find really interesting different types of denim at thrift stores or flea markets that can add some edge to any outfit.
Who is your style icon and why? Rachel Bilson. I love how her style can change on a dime. One minute she is in a retro '50s classic black cocktail dress and the next she is funking it up with combat boots, a beanie, leather jacket and destroyed denim. She is like a chameleon and I absolutely love and admire that. Fashion should be fun and reflect your personality and Rachel Bilson does just that.
What’s in your wardrobe you can’t live without? I can't live without my cowboy boots. They've always been in style for me—one, because in Texas they are a staple and two, they are just so comfortable and versatile.
Talk about your love of fashion and art. When did it begin? I've always had a love for fashion. I used to have my first two weeks of school outfits planned out a month in advance. Sick, I know. I always found it so much fun to be able to change my image whenever I wanted.
How did you hear about FIDM and what made you decide to go here? I just remember researching different creative majors on the internet in my dorm room one night and that's when I ran across the Merchandise Product Development major at FIDM. Los Angeles had always been a city I wanted to move to, so it made the most sense.
What’s your favorite class at FIDM so far and why? My favorite class would have to have been my Entrepreneurial Strategies & Tactics class. Of course I loved the fashion classes, but this class has taught me to take those fashion classes and shape them into strong business ventures.
Describe your fellow students. The student body at FIDM's fashion college is unique in the sense that they are all artists in some form or another. It is so remarkable to be surrounded by constant creativity and young adults that have such drive and ambition to succeed with those creative talents.
What advice do you have for someone thinking about going to FIDM? The strongest advice that I can give to any fashion design college student is take every opportunity, job, internship, dinner and even a social outing as a chance to network. I know many people don't like to network because they feel like they are taking advantage of someone. But if you can be part of someone's business and help them out, how is that taking advantage of them? Always ask questions and keep your ears open for any inside information on jobs or opportunities. I got every single one of my internships out here by meeting and talking with people when I was either working or out with friends. The one thing I have learned is that people in this industry want to help you; they need your help and at the end of the day it still is all about who you know.