Fashion College Grads Shine on the Big and Small Screen in Hollywood

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Working on everything from big budget blockbusters to critically acclaimed indies, costume design graduates from one top fashion school are making their name in the entertainment industry.

Avatar's Set Costumer was FIDM Alumna Michelle Liu, a graduate of the college's Film & TV Costume Design program.

Julie Heath, who is the costume supervisor “FIDM was an incredible experience and I recommend it to anyone who wants to be part of the fashion and enterta

At this month’s Sundance Film Festival, there was plenty of buzz surrounding "The Kids Are Alright", a family comedy starring Julianne Moore, Annette Bening, and Mark Ruffalo. The film’s costume design comes courtesy of Mary Claire Hannan, who is a graduate of FIDM/The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising and has worked on films such as "Red Eye, Four Rooms, and Pulp Fiction".

FIDM’s Film & TV Costume Design Program is known for graduating stellar talent such as Michelle Liu, the set costume designer for James Cameron’s "Avatar", which is currently the highest grossing film of all time. “This film was like his baby and he was very hands-on and wanted to make everything perfect,” says Liu, whose work will be seen next in Tim Burton’s "Alice in Wonderland", starring Johnny Depp and Anne Hathaway. “There were no compromises and he would do whatever it takes.”

Another alumna of FIDM working in the exciting world of Film & TV Costume Design is Julie Heath, who is the costume supervisor on Showtime’s "Californication". Heath has worked on sets ranging from The Big Bang Theory to Friends. “FIDM was an incredible experience and I recommend it to anyone who wants to be part of the fashion and entertainment industries,” she says.

FIDM offers an Associate of Arts Advanced Study Program in Film & TV Costume Design. For more information please visit http://fidm.edu.

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