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FIDM.....Red Carpet Designers Badgley Mischka Visit FIDM: BLOG RECAP!

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FIDM.....Red Carpet Designers Badgley Mischka Visit FIDM: BLOG RECAP!

Designer at FIDM--Mark Badgley (far left) and James Mischka (far right) of Badgley Mischka with FIDM Fashion Design Co-Chairs Nick Verreos, David Paul--Badgley Mischka Visit FIDM, FIDM
Photo courtesy of Sean Twomey/ABImages

Last week we had a VERY VIP DESIGNER VISIT at The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising: Mark Badgley and James Mischka of Badgley Mischka made a very special visit to FIDM and my better half--and fellow FIDM Fashion Design Program Co-Chair, David Paul--we were there to be part of...

Badgley Mischka Event and Reception at FIDM, Los Angeles

Badgley Mischka were so WONDERFUL doing a special speaking engagement in front of a packed audience of our FIDM students (from many majors!), MC'ed by Stylist and FIDM Instructor Tod Hallman.

Designers Mark Badgley and James Mischka of Badgley Mischka Visit FIDM--FIDM Los Angeles
Photos courtesy of Sean Twomey/ABImages

Mark Badgley and James Mischka of Badgley Mischka with Barbara Bundy, FIDM Vice President of Education--Badgley Mischka Visit FIDM, FIDM Los Angeles
Photo courtesy of Sean Twomey/ABImages

Afterward, we had a lovely lunch plus a VIP Tour of the campus by Barbara Bundy, FIDM Vice President of Education. James and Mark were so wonderful with the students, giving outstanding support, information and invaluable advice on the fashion industry. I also especially loved the "Fashion Gossip" they had from their 30+ years of experience in this crazy industry.
Here are photos from the visit:
 Stylist and FIDM Instructor Tod Hallman (far left) with Mark Badgley and James Mischka of Badgley Mischka--Badgley Mischka Visit FIDM, FIDM Los Angeles
Photos courtesy of Sean Twomey/ABImages

 Designer Lecture--Badgley Mischka Visit FIDM, FIDM Los Angeles
Photos courtesy of Sean Twomey/ABImages

 Captive Audience--Nick Verreos and audience at the Badgley Mischka Visit FIDM Event, FIDM Los Angeles
Photo courtesy of Sean Twomey/ABImages

FIDM Students--FIDM students during the Q & A--Badgley Mischka Visit FIDM Event, FIDM Los Angeles
Photos courtesy of Sean Twomey/ABImages

 Mark Badgley and James Mischka of Badgley Mischka with Tod Hallman--Badgley Mischka Visit FIDM Event, FIDM Los Angeles
Photo courtesy of Sean Twomey/ABImages

Badgley Mischka Gowns at the Badgley Mischka Visit FIDM Event, FIDM Los Angeles
Photo courtesy of Sean Twomey/ABImages

 Badgley Mischka Gowns--Badgley Mischka Visit FIDM Event--FIDM Los Angeles

 Badgley Mischka Gowns--Badgley Mischka Visit FIDM Event--FIDM Los Angeles

 Scene at the FIDM Student Lounge--Badgley Mischka Visit FIDM Event, FIDM Los Angeles
Photo courtesy of Sean Twomey/ABImages

 #Throwback--It had been almost 15 YEARS since I first met Badgley Mischka, when I had been a constant/designer on Season 2 of "Project Runway" back in 2005, and Mark Badgley and James Mischka were the judges of the "Flower Power" Challenge, when we had to create designs using materials from a Flower/Plant Shop (lower photos)
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PROJECT RUNWAY.....BEHIND THE SCENES PHOTOS of "Rio Vacation" Challenge, Episode 8

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PROJECT RUNWAY.....BEHIND THE SCENES PHOTOS of "Rio Vacation" Challenge, Episode 8

 Color Fab--Models backstage at Bravo's Season 17 "Project Runway" in designs from Episode 8 "Blame It On Rio"--Brooklyn NY

On Episode 8 of Bravo's Season 17 "Project Runway", the remaining designers wee challenged to create looks for actress Morena Baccarin for a Vacation Getaway in Rio de Janeiro. Baccarin is from Brazil and the episode focused on her Brazilian background and having the designers include elements of that South American country into their designs. In addition, the challenge was done in Teams of three designers.
Here are EXCLUSIVE behind-the-scenes photos I got as a Consulting producer...
 Actress Morena Baccarin Ready to Judge--Bravo's Season 17 "Project Runway"--Brooklyn NY

Stylist Marni Senafonte, judging Bravo's Season 17 "Project Runway"--Brooklyn NY

BEFORE THE RUNWAY Backstage Models, Designs: 
Rio Resort--Models backstage before the runway in designs from Episode 8 "Rio Vacation" Challenge, Bravo's Season 17 "Project Runway"--Brooklyn NY

 Winner Swimwear--Model Thijin Bol in look from designer Hester Sunshine--Episode 8 "Blame It On Rio" Challenge--Bravo's Season 17 "Project Runway"--Brooklyn NY

 Chic Resort--Model Sarah Victoria in look from designer Bishme Cromartie--Episode 8 "Blame It On Rio" Challenge, Bravo's Season 17 "Project Runway"--Brooklyn  NY

Resort Drama--Model Nora in look from designer Garo Sparo--Episode 8 "Blame It On Rio" Challenge--Bravo's Season 17 "Project Runway"--Brooklyn NY

 Colorful Beach--Model Mimi Tao in look from designer Jhoan "Sebastian" Grey--Episode 8 "Blame It On Rio" Challenge--Bravo's Season 17 "Project Runway"--Brooklyn NY

Where's my VIP Cabana?--Model Asia in look from designer Tessa Clark--Episode 8 "Blame It On Rio" Challenge--Bravo's Season 17 "Project Runway"--Brooklyn NY

 (L to R) Models Thijin Bol, Sarah Victoria and Nora in designs from Hester Sunshine, Bishme Cromartie and Garo Sparo--Episode 8 "Blame It On Rio" Challenge--Bravo's Season 17 "Project Runway"--Brooklyn NY

 (L to R) Models Mimi Tao, Asia and Sonia in designs from Jhoan "Sebastian" Gray, Tessa Clark and Lela Orr--Episode 8 "Blame It On Rio" Challenge--Bravo's Season 17 "Project Runway"--Brooklyn NY

 (L to R) Models Nora, Sarah Victoria and Thijin Bol in designs from Garo Sparo, Bishme Cromartie and Hester Sunshine--Episode 8 "Blame It On Rio" Challenge--Bravo's Season 17 "Project Runway"--Brooklyn NY
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NICK APPEARANCES.....2019 California Fashion Association Foundation Scholarship Luncheon RECAP!

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NICK APPEARANCES.....2019 California Fashion Association Foundation Scholarship Luncheon RECAP!

Nick Verreos at the 2019 California Fashion Association Foundation Scholarship Luncheon, California Market Center, Downtown Los Angeles

Last week, I had the honor of being invited by the INCOMPARABLE Ilse Metchek, to give "The Road Ahead" speech to the 2019 California Fashion Foundation/CFF Scholarship Luncheon. The California Fashion Foundation is part of the California Fashion Association, offering scholarship support to students in the apparel and textile  industries.

Special Guest--2019 California Fashion Association Foundation Scholarship Luncheon, California Market Center, Downtown Los Angeles

Many, many, many years ago, as a FIDM student, I was a recipient of what was then called the TALA--Textile Association of Los Angeles--Scholarship, which is what the CFF is now. Now, it was a very humbling experience to return as the FIDM Fashion Design Co-Chair, to give "The Road Ahead" speech, and give my Top Ten "Nick Threads of Advice" I have gathered in my almost 30 years in the business. As a bonus to be invited to give this speech, it was also wonderful to be there for our FIDM B.A. of Design student Valarie Chiu to be the recipient of an award.

Here are PHOTOS from the wonderful 2019 CFF Scholarship Luncheon:
Speech Time--Nick Verreos giving "The Road Ahead" Speech at the 2019 California Fashion Association Foundation Scholarship Luncheon, California Market Center, Downtown Los Angeles

Nick Verreos with FIDM B.A. of Design Student Valarie Chiu and her designs--at the 2019 California Fashion Association Foundation Scholarship Luncheon, California Market Center, Downtown Los Angeles

Designs from FIDM B.A. of Design Student--and CFF Scholarship Award Winner Valarie Chiu--2019 California Fashion Association Foundation Scholarship Luncheon, California Market Center, Downtown Los Angeles

Here are the Designs--and Scholarship Winners--from some of the other participating Colleges & Universities:
Long Beach City College--Nick Verreos with student and scholarship winner from Long Beach City College--2019 California Fashion Association Foundation Scholarship Luncheon, California Market Center, Downtown Los Angeles

Otis College of Art & Design--2019 California Fashion Association Foundation Scholarship Luncheon, California Market Center, Downtown Los Angeles

Academy of Art University San Francisco--2019 California Fashion Association Foundation Scholarship Luncheon, California Market Center, Downtown Los Angeles

California State Polytechnic University-Pomona--2019 California Fashion Association Foundation Scholarship Luncheon, California Market Center, Downtown Los Angeles


Fullerton College--2019 California Fashion Association Foundation Scholarship Luncheon, California Market Center, Downtown Los Angeles


      Los Angeles-Trade Technical Collage--2019 California Fashion Association Foundation                                Scholarship Luncheon, California Market Center, Downtown Los Angeles


       California State University-Long Beach--2019 California Fashion Association Foundation                          Scholarship Luncheon, California Market Center, Downtown Los Angeles

        Mt. San Antonio College--2019 California Fashion Association Foundation Scholarship                                        Luncheon, California Market Center, Downtown Los Angeles

  Woodbury University--2019 California Fashion Association Foundation Scholarship Luncheon,                                         California Market Center, Downtown Los Angeles

Ready for The Road Ahead--Nick Verreos at the 2019 2019 California Fashion Association Foundation Scholarship Luncheon, California Market Center, Downtown Los Angeles
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FIDM.....Film & TV Costume Design Costumes Exhibit Inspired by Costume Designer Ruth E. Carter: RECAP!

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FIDM.....Film & TV Costume Design Costumes Exhibit Inspired by Costume Designer Ruth E. Carter: RECAP!

Costume Designer Accolades--(L to R) Barbara Bundy FIDM Vice President of Education, Costume Designer Ruth Carter, FIDM Fashion Design Co-Chairs Nick Verreos, David Paul--"Wakanda" and Ruth Carter-inspired Film and TV Costume Design Program Exhibit Reception-- FIDM Los Angeles
Photo courtesy of Alex J. Berliner/ABImages

Last week, we had a VERY SPECIAL Event and Exhibit at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising/FIDM to celebrate the FIDM Film and TV Costume Design Program and Students and Costume Designs they created inspired by Academy Award-Winning Costume Designer Ruth E. Carter ("Black Panther") and the "Wakanda" world she costume-created.

FIDM Film and TV Costume Design Exhibit--The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising/FIDM Los Angeles


Jacqueline Saint Anne, Director of FIDM Film and TV Costume Design, challenged her students to create individual costumes, each inspired by "Wakanda" and various tribes/cultures from around the World; to create their own "Wakanda" versions inspired by those indigenous cultures/tribes.

 Academy Award-Winning Costume Designer Ruth E. Carter with students from the FIDM Film and TV Costume Design Program--FIDM Los Angeles

As a WONDERFUL surprise bonus, Academy Award-Winning Costume Designer Ruth Carter made a special visit to the Event to check out the Exhibit and the costumes of our FIDM Film and TV Costume Design students. She was so amazing, inspiring and supportive of the students and their work. We are in dept for her support to the program and to our students.
Here are photos from the Exhibit and the Costumes of the students:

 Costumes from (L to R) Brooke Young (Siberia/Russia), Patrick McKernan (Kashmir/India), Anna Lin (Taiwan)--FIDM Film and TV Costume Design Program 2019 Exhibit--FIDM Los Angeles
Photos courtesy of Alex J. Berliner/ABImages

 Costumes from (L to R) Madeline Shepard (Andaman Islands/India), Victoria Hastings and Alana Acosta (Kazazhs/Mongolia)--FIDM Film and TV Costume Design Program 2019 Exhibit--FIDM Los Angeles
Photos courtesy of Alex J. Berliner/ABImages

Costumes from Grace Hutchins (Maoris/New Zealand), Patrick T. Young (Inuit/US, Canada, Greenland, Denmark), Jamie Zhao (Tibetan/China) and Leslie Samano (Mexico)--FIDM Film and TV Costume Design Program 2019 Exhibit--FIDM Los Angeles
Photos courtesy of Alex J. Berliner/ABImages

Costumes from Leslie Samano (Mexico), Patrick McKernan (Kashmir/India), Victoria Hastings (Samoa/South Pacific), Patrick T. Young (Inuit/US, Canada, Greenland, Denmark)--FIDM Film and TV Costume Design Program 2019 Exhibit--FIDM Los Angeles
Photo courtesy of Alex J. Berliner/ABImages

 Costumes from Alana Acosta (Kazakh/Mongolia), Brooke Young (Siberia/Russia), Grace Hutchins (Maori/New Zealand)--FIDM Film and TV Costume Design Program 2019 Exhibit--FIDM Los Angeles
Photo courtesy of Alex J. Berliner/ABImages

 Costumes from Jamie Zhao (Tibetan/China), Madeline Shepard (Andaman Islands/India), and Anna Lin (Taiwan)--FIDM Film and TV Costume Design Program 2019 Exhibit--FIDM Los Angeles
Photo courtesy of Alex J. Berliner/ABImages

From Sketch....To Costumes:
 Sketch and Costume from Jamie Zhao, inspired by Tibetans/China--FIDM Film and TV Costume Design Program 2019 Exhibit--FIDM Los Angeles

 Sketch and Costume from Madeline Shepard, inspired by the Jarawas of the Andaman Islands/India--FIDM Film and TV Costume Design Program 2019 Exhibit--FIDM Los Angeles

 Sketch and Costume from Anna Lin, inspired by Taiwan--FIDM Film and TV Costume Design Program 2019 Exhibit--FIDM Los Angeles

Sketch and Costume from Patrick McKernan, inspired by Kashmir/Northern India--FIDM Film and TV Costume Design Program 2019 Exhibit--FIDM Los Angeles

Sketch and Costume from Grace Hutchins, inspired by the Maoris/New Zealand--FIDM Film and TV Costume Design Program 2019 Exhibit--FIDM Los Angeles

 Sketch and Costume from Patrick T. Young, inspired by the Inuit, Arctic Peoples of the US, Canada, Greenland, Denmark--FIDM Film and TV Costume Design Program 2019 Exhibit--FIDM Los Angeles

 Sketch and Costume from Victoria Hastings, inspired by the Samoans/South Pacific--FIDM Film and TV Costume Design Program 2019 Exhibit--FIDM Los Angeles

 FIDM Fashion Design Co-Chairs David Paul and Nick Verreos checking out the student's designs and costumes, FIDM Film and TV Costume Design Exhibit Reception--FIDM Los Angeles
Photos courtesy of Alex J. Berliner/ABImages

 (L to R) Jaqueline Saint Anne, Director of the FIDM Film and TV Costume Design Program, Nick Verreos, FIDM Fashion Design Co-Chair and Barbara Bundy, FIDM Vice President of Education--FIDM Film and TV Costume Design Exhibit Reception--FIDM Los Angeles
Photo courtesy of Alex J. Berliner/ABImages

Academy Award Winning Costume Designer Ruth E. Carter with students of the FIDM Film and TV Costume Design Program--FIDM Film and TV Costume Design Exhibit Reception--FIDM Los Angeles
Photo courtesy of Alex J. Berliner/ABImages
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