Featured Program – FIDM and UCLA: Fashion Uncovered

With such a vast selection of individual travel programs to choose from, we like to highlight a newer program each month from one of the categories. This month we’ve chosen FIDM and UCLA: Fashion Uncovered from our university-based program section.

Fashion Uncovered offers a unique opportunity to experience two universities during one program. Students experience living on campus at UCLA while attending classes during the day at FIDM – Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, the premier fashion and design college on the west coast.

Whether you’ve got a passion for fashion design, graphic design, filmmaking, trend spotting, styling, or merchandising, this is the program for you! Location, location, location! There is no place in the world like Los Angeles, the motion picture capital of the world, for those interested in film and fashion. It is the number one center for fashion manufacturing in the United States which includes film and television costume design, action sports, sportswear, and premium denim industries.

Core classroom time is spent on the history of 20th century designers. Spend each morning studying 20th century fashion designers and their impact through the decades in couture and ready-to-wear, analyzing how key figures in fashion design have influenced the styles and trends in line development of each decade since 1850, with an emphasis on the last 30 years of the 20th century. FIDM’s immersive workshops in the afternoon offer an opportunity to learn through hands-on experiences with fashion sketching, pattern drafting, draping, and prop styling from prominent FIDM instructors.

Program highlights include:

  • A special session with renowned FIDM instructor and author, Nancy Riegelman, teaches her signature one-day drawing method for rendering the nine-head fashion figure. The author of definitive textbooks 9 Heads: A Guide to Drawing Fashion and Colors for Modern Fashion, Riegelman turns novices into quick sketch artists – an indispensable fashion industry skill.
  • A behind-the-scenes tour of the FIDM Museum & Galleries to view an exhibition in the making: the highly anticipated 9th Annual Outstanding Art of Television Costume Design Exhibition featuring primetime Emmy-nominated costumes from popular television shows.
  • A lively discussion about the way trends migrate from haute couture, to fast fashion, to street style during a tour of Melrose Avenue, Fred Segal, and other notable fashion destinations in L.A.