The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising ( FIDM ) is a for-profit college in California , United States. It offers courses in fashion , entertainment , beauty , interior design , and graphic design . The college was founded in 1969 by Tonian Hohberg, who is its president and CEO. [2] [3]


The college offers 26 Associate of Arts degree programs; a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management , which is also available via distance learning ; and nine bachelor's degree programs in Professional Studies, including International Manufacturing & Product Development, Textile Production & Development, Entertainment Set Design & Decoration, Film & TV Costume Design, Footwear Design, Digital Media, and Menswear . [3]

The college has been accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission since 2007. [37] It is also an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design . [38]


The college has four campuses, in Los Angeles , San Francisco , San Diego , and Orange County . [3] The campuses feature the modern architecture of Clive Wilkinson. [6] [7] FIDM’s main campus, Los Angeles, features innovative study spaces, a stunning Design Studio, and the world-class FIDM Museum & Galleries. The San Francisco campus is located in Union Square . [8] The San Diego campus occupies about 30,000 square feet (2,800 m 2 ) on the third floor of a high-rise office building. [9] The award-winning Orange County campus is a dynamic visual experience with ultra-modern lofts, an indoor/outdoor student lounge, eye-popping colors, and a sensational, one-of-a-kind audio visual igloo.

FIDM served as the location of Lifetime 's Project Runway season six, [11] Project Runway: Under the Gunn , [11] Project Runway: Threads , [39] and Project Runway: Junior . [40] Several FIDM alumni, including Santino Rice, Daniel Franco, Guadalupe Vidal, Kelli Martin, and Leann Marshall, were contestants on the show original Project Runway show. [12]

FIDM Museum

The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising Museum , located at the Los Angeles Campus, is home to a large collection of fashion and costume pieces from the 1800s to today. The museum features permanent and temporary exhibits, including costumes and designs from early 20th-century Hollywood, theater, and current televisions shows and films. [32] [33]

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Notable students and alumni

Teaching staff

  • Kevin Reagan , Grammy Award-winning graphic designer and author of Alex Steinweiss: The Inventor of the Modern Album Cover
  • Nancy Riegelman, fashion illustrator and author of 9 Heads: A Guide to Drawing Fashion
  • Nick Verreos , fashion designer, [37] also alumnus