Los Angeles (Vocus) June 2, 2010
Project Runway’s Tim Gunn was recently in Los Angeles for the hit reality show’s Los Angeles castings. On hand to help with judging for the sixth season in a row was FIDM Graduate, Instructor, and Season 2 contestant Nick Verreos. FIDM is the West Coast home of the Lifetime series. When Project Runway moved to Los Angeles for Season 6, the show was filmed at the fashion school.
Gunn and Verreos met with approximately 50 fashion designers, mostly from California, who were pre-selected from thousands of applications. The producers have continued on to other U.S. cities to cast Season 8.
From the show’s first season, FIDM Graduates have enjoyed appearing on (and winning) Project Runway. Past contestants have included:
Season 6 – Johnny Sakalis, Fashion Design ‘99
Season 5 – Leanne Marshall, Fashion Design ’01, Winner
Season 5 – Kelli Martin, Fashion Design ‘06
Season 2 – Nick Verreos, Fashion Design ‘93
Season 2 – Santino Rice, Fashion Design ‘94
Season 2 – Guadalupe Vidal, Merchandise Product Development ‘01
Season 2 – Raymundo Baltazar, Fashion Design ‘04
Season 1 and 2 – Daniel Franco, Fashion Design ‘04
With four dynamic California campuses, FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising is the premier west coast fashion design college, educating for careers in fashion, graphic design, interior design, and entertainment. FIDM’s graduates include renowned fashion designers like Monique Lhuillier, Emmy® and Academy Award® award-winning costume designers, top fashion industry executives, and entrepreneurs.