Miguel Jose Barragan graduated from FIDM with a Merchandise Product Development degree in 2008. He's now the Creative Director for Seven til Midnight, a division of Carrie Amber Intimates, Inc. in Los Angeles. And here's a fun fact: DC Comics based a superhero off of him. The newest superhero to
join the Teen Titan series is Bunker (a.k.a. Miguel Jose Barragan). How cool is that!
Tell us a little about yourself: I am the Creative Director at Seven til Midnight (a division of Carrie Amber Intimates Inc.). Seven til Midnight is a lingerie brand with headquarters in Los Angeles. As the Creative Director, I am the driving force responsible for design direction for every season. I conceptualize campaigns and convince my staff to go along with my crazy ideas and materializing those ideas into lingerie and visuals. For the 2013 collection—which includes over 300 new styles—I oversee the design, tech, fit, all trims, all sourcing, all fabrication, the photo shoots (keeping in mind that most styles come in regular size as well as plus size, which means the styles must be shot twice), the model casting, the production of the InDesign document for the catalog, print production, and the artwork for the packaging, including the boxes and hang-tags.
What do you love about your job? Every day is fun at my office. I enjoy what I do; it is an absolute privilege to work in the fashion industry, especially in the lingerie market. But, I will admit that I love photo shoot days. There is something so exciting/cliché/“Hollywood” about being on set with models, lights, cameras, stylists, etc…
Who’s your favorite artist or designer? Ah! What a tough question. There are so many. In terms of traditional runway designers I love Jeremy Scott; his work is complex and he doesn’t take himself too seriously. I love the photography of Darren Black; its tough and sexy. I currently can’t get enough of Lana Del Rey’s music. But, I find inspiration with the people I know, the places I visit, and the things I read. I have an eclectic group of friends and colleagues—I feel that we are always supporting and feeding each other ideas.
How did you find out about FIDM? After getting my BA in literature and history, I knew I wanted to pursue a career in fashion. Being an Angelino (born and raised), FIDM is literally my back yard.
How did you decide on your major? My admission advisor recommended I venture into the field of product development. I was hesitant at first, as I wanted to go into fashion design. All and all, I know I made the right decision for me.
How do you feel FIDM prepared you for what you’re doing now? I use Illustrator daily. Through the FIDM Career Center, I was able to score my first design assistant internship, which turned to a part-time position, which turned to a full-time position. It was also through the FIDM Alumni resources that I was able to score my current job.
Any advice for current FIDM Students? You are never too good to pick-up coffee for the crew, everyone will love you. Be nice and try to be sincere to everyone, and I do mean everyone from the janitor, to an assistant, to the CEO. Take your work seriously, but also have fun doing it.
What fashion websites/blogs do you love to visit? I subscribe to StyleSight, there is always an interesting article and they have great trend analysis. I like fashiongonerouge.com, they give me all the most current editorial campaigns. Right now I am obsessed with Pinterest.
What is your biggest goal right now? I really want to lose 5 lbs. and take over the world—wait, maybe just the lingerie world.
Anything else you'd like to share? I don’t mean to brag (well maybe a little) but did you know… that DC Comics based a superhero off of me? It's true! The newest superhero to join the Teen Titan series is Bunker (a.k.a. Miguel Jose Barragan).