Creative Caps Were All the Rage at FIDM Fashion College 2010 Graduation

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FIDM’s newest crop of graduates show off their creative talents during 2010 Graduation. Mortar boards continue to get more fashionable, unique, and whimsical year after year.

Mortar boards decorated by FIDM Students for the 2010 Graduation Ceremony at STAPLES Center.

This is something you wouldn't see at other colleges

The traditional black cap and gown got a major makeover at FIDM’s 2010 Graduation. In keeping with the annual tradition of the college, the new graduates decorated their mortar boards with plenty of personality for an exciting ceremony at STAPLES Center in Downtown Los Angeles.

From messages such as “As Promised” and “Peace love fashion” to a Hello Kitty appliqué or a flurry of feathers, FIDM’s newest graduates took their inventiveness to new heights. “This is something you wouldn’t see at other colleges,” explained FIDM Admissions Director Susan Aronson. “It’s a great example of how FIDM has such great creative energy.”

The creative caps added humor and whimsy to an emotional day for families. For some graduates, their college degree is the first in the family. Others, like Brianna Davis, are legacy students. Her father Henry Davis, who was in attendance, was a Fashion Design Grad from 1978.

Merchandise Product Development Grad Martianna Arnold’s mortar board was customized by her current boss, FIDM Alumna Fawn Arthur. “The inspiration is from one of her quilted bathing suit designs,” explained Martianna, who currently interns at Sea & Sun Swimwear, the licensee for True Religion and Ed Hardy. “Hopefully I’ll be getting a job there next month!”

To see some of the creative cap designs worn by FIDM 2010 Graduates just visit the Graduation Mortar Board Flickr set:

With four dynamic California campuses, FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising is the premier west coast fashion design school, 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.


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