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FIDM.....FIDM Los Angeles Fall 2012 Open House: RECAP!

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An Alumni Panel, Fashion School Take-Away's and a
Mom-and-Dad Walk Off

Work It:  Nick Verreos doing the Runway---FIDM Los Angeles Fall 2012 Open House

This past weekend, I had the pleasure of MC'ing the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising/FIDM Fall 2012 Open House, held at the Downtown LA campus of FIDM, my alma mater and the fashion college I am the Official Spokesperson of.

It was a rainy Saturday morning/early afternoon in LA (I know! Rain in Los Angeles? What is going on??!!) but that did not keep a TON (about 800 people!) from attending this great event. I was scheduled to host two sessions of fun panel discussion with other FIDM Alumni (graduates of the college).

The audiences at these panel discussions are usually high school students--mainly juniors and seniors--as well as post-grad attendees interested in a career on Fashion Design, Textile Design, Graphic Design, Apparel Manufacturing, Product Development, Visual Merchandising, and all the other related majors FIDM has to offer.

Here are some photos from the FIDM LA Fall 2012 Open House:

Textile Design--FIDM Los Angeles--FIDM Fall 2012 Open House

Graphic Design--FIDM Los Angeles--FIDM Fall 2012 Open House

Fashion Design, Footwear Design, Film & TV Costume and Theater Design--FIDM Los Angeles--FIDM Fall 2012 Open House

FIDM Panel Fab: (left to right) Cynthia Rodriguez, Meagan Randolph, Nick Verreos, Chase Vance amnd Daniel Musto, FIDM LA Fall Open House 2012

Finally, it was time for the Alumni Panel Discussion which I was MC'ing. The FIDM Alumni panel included Cynthia Rodriguez, Global Merchandising Manager at "Too Faced Cosmetics"; Chase Vance, a former student of mine who is currently in the IMPD/International Manufacturing and Product Development program; Meagan Randolph, who is an Allocator in the Footwear Department at Guess corporate offices; and Daniel Musto, On-Camera Wardrobe Stylist and Costume Designer for NBC's "Fashion Star" and "Ready For Love" Reality TV shows.

After brief "hello's" to the audience, I began with an impromptu "Mom-and-Dad" FIDM Open House Runway/Walk-Off --where I picked parents from the audience to do a runway walk. First, I did my "Nick Runway Walk" as a brief lesson and then, they followed. It was a big hit.


Work The Khakis: One of our Runway Models just happened to be the father of Daniel Musto (seen in photo above)--an FIDM graduate and very successful Hollywood Stylist---who was also one of the FIDM Fall 2012 Open House Alumni Panel guests.


Nick Verreos with some of my "FIDM LA Fall Open House 2012" Runway Walk-Off participants--FIDM Los Angeles

 Nick Verreos Hosts FIDM LA Fall 2012 Open House

As I stated in the beginning of this post, I had the pleasure of MC'ing two Alumni Panel Discussion at this FIDM Fall 2012 Open House with the aforementioned panelists and they both went great! Each former FIDM Graduate spoke of their experience at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising and gave suggestions and "take away's" to the audience of students and parents on how they got the most out of the college and things they learned that still carries them on to this day in their careers. After the Panel Discussion, I had the pleasure of signing autographs as well as taking many photos with lots of the attendees--Here are some:

 Nick Verreos and FIDM LA Fall Open House 2012 attendee

Nick Verereos with FIDM Fall Open House 2012 attendees

I had a grtreat time talking to all the attendees--students and especially the mommies and dads who were came up to me and Thanked Me for the "Nick Advice" I gave. Thanks to EVERYONE who attended this fun-and-fabulous--and yes, very informative (I hope!) FIDM Open House!

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