Originally Posted by MissCarlyfornia
I went to FIDM in Sanfrancisco allmost ten years ago, it was expensive and they did not encourage my lolita lifestyle(no one wants to look like a victorian child! they told me) nor did they encourage stage costuming. I feel FIDM is a school for people who want to go into the industry not so much for people who wish to start their own clothing line. Granted ten years is a long time and this whole Gothic Lolita/anime thing has realy blown up, so maybe they are more receptive now. I would love to know.
I'm in FIDM los angeles campus as of this moment, and I can tell you that they're still pretty unreceptive towards anything that is not geared towards FASHION. I'm continuously told that designs HAVE to come from a fashion forward background, and even with lolita being a lot bigger than it has been it's still quite an unpopular thing in the fashion industry.
For anyone else pursuing a degree in fashion
I think anyone looking to get a degree in fashion has to go for fashion
unless they want to pursue costume design in if that's the case get ready for a load of work.
A lot of things you do might not even be the things you want to do.
You will have to draw, paint, business aspects, design patterns, and drape patterns with little to no creative freedom at all at first.
You have to lay down your life for this
That means you might
not get to cosplay for a couple of years.
If you're a very very serious person then this is a great way to go. I'm just saying that this is a very time consuming degree where you will have little to no social life at all.
I hear a lot of people saying it's not what they expected, and they waste their money. Even I was surprised when I hopped aboard the train thinking that I could use this to my advantage, and I really can still.
It's hard work and it took me almost a year to figure out that I can't do more than half the things I used to because I'm too worried about making everything work and balance.
Just get ready to pull a lot of all-nighters :3
If you can just go and try and get a degree in costuming, become a tailor/seamstress apprentice, or get an internship with somebody that will let you work for free and teach you.
I say if you can handle that then you can probably handle schools like FIDM or Parsons, and I hope I didn't scare anyone. I'm just trying to let you guys know before you end up doing something you end up regretting.
GOOD LUCK future students