Tuesday, April 28, 2015
San Diego Fab: (Clockwise from top left) Nick Verreos, Special Presentation at FIDM San Diego Spring 2015 Open House, "Dior and I", Nick Verreos and David Paul at San Diego Museum of Art "Art Alive" Exhibition

This past weekend, I had the pleasure of going to San Diego for my Special Presentation/Appearance at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising/FIDM San Diego's Spring 2015 Open House which occurred on Saturday April 25th. As a Grad, Instructor and Official Spokesperson of FIDM, it's always a joy to do these events. The FIDM Open House, as you may know, is a great way to check out the different FIDM campuses, as well as tour the facilities, meet alumni, instructors and...get to meet me! (THE best part--LOL!).
Nick Verreos--ready for the Special Presentation/Appearance, FIDM San Diego Spring 2015 Open House

My partner David and I drove down to San Diego (from Los Angeles) the day before the Open House, to check into our hotel and relax before the following day's activities. For our not-so-crazy Friday night in San Diego, we decided to see the movie/documentary "Dior and I" which covers the making of the first Christian Dior Haute Couture collection by Creative Director Raf Simons...

This past Friday was the Opening Day of "Dior and I" so we were excited about seeing the film--especially on OPENING NIGHT! We found out that the film was playing exclusively in San Diego at an "Art House" movie theater in the Kensington district of San Diego. Our excitement turned into a bit of sadness and disappointment when we saw that there were only FIVE--yes, FIVE!--people in the movie theater seeing this film. IN ALL OF SAN DIEGO!!!! And David and I were TWO of the FIVE huney! This was especially disappointing since it was Opening Night. Now, we attended the 9 PM showing so we wondered if maybe the "late" showing was the reason. But the non-evident throngs of fashionistas coming out before our 9 PM slot lead us to believe that the previous showing was probably just as empty. Anyhow, David and I really enjoyed the film. On a good note: we had the theater (almost) all to ourselves!
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FIDM San Diego Open House: The following day, it was time for the FIDM San Diego Spring 2015 Open House and my Special Presentation/Appearance...
Nick Verreos and "Special Presentation/Appearance" attendees--FIDM San Diego Spring 2015 Open House

Lecture Time: Nick Verreos at FIDM San Diego Spring 2015 Open House Special Presentation--FIDM San Diego

Post-Presentation Meet and Greet Pics:
Nick Verreos with attendees of the FIDM San Diego Spring 2015 Open House--FIDM San Diego

And to finish my Special Appearance at the FIDM San Diego Open House, I wanted to make sure to take group photos with some of the wonderful attendees:
Fashionable Smiles: Nick Verreos with attendees of the FIDM San Diego Spring 2015 Open House--FIDM San Diego

I had a BLAST on Saturday and hope EVERYONE who attended did too! And I also hope they enjoyed my presentation and fun lecture!
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On my last day in San Diego--on Sunday--David and I were invited by FIDM to attend the final day of the fabulous "Art Alive 2015" exhibition at the San Diego Museum of Art. The San Diego Museum of Art is transformed into a vision of art and flowers as more than 100 floral designers bring the Museum's renowned Permanent Collection to life during the 34th annual Art Alive fundraiser.

Flower Couple: Nick Verreos and David Paul at the "Art Alive 2015" exhibition in the Rotunda of the San Diego Museum of Art, designed by RenĂ© van Rems
 Fashion Meets Art: Draped designs and masks of FIDM grad Paul Hernandez--San Diego Museum of Art "Art Alive 2015" exhibition

Above are photos of the draped works of FIDM grad, designer (and San Diego native) Paul Hernandez. He was commissioned to create draped designs--and masks--inspired by art in the San Diego Museum of Art. I especially LOVED the "Masked Muse IV" (bottom right in above photo) which was inspired by the sculpture Bather by Jacques Lipchitz.

Rotunda Gorg: The Rotunda of the San Diego Museum of Art, designed by RenĂ© van Rems--"Art Alive 2015"

Adios San Diego: Nick Verreos in front of the San Diego Museum of Art, Balboa Park

Until next time San Diego! XOXO

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