In FC’s Prom Challenge, FIDM Fashion Design Alumna Jade Thompson was challenged to do a redesign of a thrift store dress inspired by Chloë Grace Moretz. She had six weeks to do it, and a $50 budget!
Tell us a little about yourself: I grew up in a small town in Oklahoma. I grew up being involved in everything creative I could be—all the art classes, painting and drawing on my own, playing piano and drums, high school yearbook (designing pages), creative writing, and sewing. In the past year and a half, after graduating FIDM, I worked for multiple indie films as head costume designer, one of which went on to win multiple awards at international film festivals and was in theatres in Switzerland. I currently work freelance in the FIDM Public Relations office in between costuming jobs and other work. I also work as an independent contractor doing design work for menswear company Ace Rivington, an upstart company created by Beau Lawrence, former Product Development Director at GUESS.
What did you like best about the FC Prom Challenge? I really enjoyed taking inspiration from Chloë Grace Moretz, and creating my own one-of-a-kind design. My favorite part about designing is illustrating, and then putting in the work to see it come to life.
Why did you select Chloë as your celeb muse? I chose Chloë Grace Moretz because I love her personality and her acting. She always plays these incredibly strong female roles, which I admire.
Where did you find your thrift store dress? I found it at Goodwill in my neighborhood in Los Angeles. It was a painfully simple red dress with terrible '80s shoulder pads and no shape.
Describe your finished prom dress design: Quirky and polished. I wanted to create something whimsical and fun, but still easy to move and dance in.
What is it about your design that reflects Chloë's style? Her personal style is quite fantastic. She has a personal style not far from my own. Her day-to-day style is edgy, with a touch of femininity. She chooses to wear quirky, colorful, and youthful designs on the red carpet instead of gowns—she has fun with her outfits. Instead of trying to channel old school Hollywood red carpet dresses, she embraces her individuality and youthfulness.
How did you hear about FIDM? I fell in love with Los Angeles as a little girl, and always had my heart set on moving here. A family friend works as an interior designer and some of her friends went to FIDM years ago for interior design. She suggested I tour it for Fashion Design. I toured it, fell in love, applied my senior year, and received a scholarship to attend FIDM. FIDM was perfect for me because it’s a no-nonsense kind of school. FIDM is hard, hard work. They have amazing instructors, and they teach you so much in so little time. FIDM is the perfect environment for meshing learning with an industry standard structure.
How did you choose your major? I grew up with two siblings and not a lot of expendable money. My favorite place to shop was Goodwill, I would buy outdated clothing and take them home to redesign them or style them in a modern way. Being an artist of sorts my whole life, I realized my sophomore year of high school that fashion design was a perfect way to merge my love of the arts with my skills. I’ve loved designing everything from clothing to costumes ever since then.
What are your career goals and how is FIDM helping you get there? I’ve been blessed with incredible opportunities since my graduation in June of 2012. My career goal is to find my niche and be both happy and successful, whether that road leads me to costuming full time for film and TV, working under a great designer, or even starting my own design company. I think what’s most important at 22 years old is just accepting every opportunity for experience, and eventually success will come as long as you have a passion for what you do and the tenacity to prove yourself and your artistic vision.
What advice do you have for someone thinking about going to FIDM? If you love fashion design, interior design, graphic design—whatever it is that you love—this is a great school to teach you what you need to know to work in the industry. It’s hard work; it’s not typical college life. But if you have the passion, you’re picking the right place. You’re worth the best education and FIDM is just that for artists of all kinds. FIDM gives you the tools and knowledge you need to succeed.
Want to see more prom designs inspired by celebs? Check out FashionClub.com!