Designer Colleen Quen, Graduate of Fashion School FIDM, Is Featured in California’s Remarkable Women Exhibit

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FIDM Graduate Colleen Quen is featured in new exhibit at The California Museum in Sacramento.

A gown designed by FIDM Alumna Colleen Quen will be included in a special exhibition, California’s Remarkable Women,

When the curator of The California Museum in Sacramento invited San Francisco-based designer Colleen Quen, a graduate of the fashion school FIDM, to be part of California's Remarkable Women, she was thrilled. Colleen's Madame Butterfly dress will be on display at the museum for the next year, along with her portrait and biography. The Colleen Quen Couture dress has a fitted bodice and 50s-style full petticoat skirt with fabric bearing a bold pattern of butterflies.
From farm worker organizer Dolores Huerta to astronaut Sally Ride to designer Ray Eames, the exhibit includes approximately 200 remarkable California women. Inspired by former First Lady Maria Shriver, the exhibit is presented in partnership with California State Parks.

Inspired by nature’s motifs, Colleen creates a realm of whimsical innocence with her contemporary fashion design, marrying expressive structure with luminous volume of textile. After graduating from FIDM with a Fashion Design Degree, Colleen went on to pursue a master’s degree in French couture and worked with acclaimed designer Simone Sethna for two years.

“As a fashion designer, I design my garments with the intention to create elegant, feminine, and architectural pattern shapes which are sculpted on the body,” she says. “I design with the philosophy of following and trusting my imagination. When I do this, my designs always feel right, truthful, and beautiful.”

FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising is a co-educational, specialized, private college dedicated to educating students for the Fashion, Graphics, Interior Design, and Entertainment industries. Known as a one of the top fashion design schools, FIDM is also a leading graphic design school and digital media college. Visit for more information.


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