After University High School, she got accepted into FIDM’s Merchandising & Marketing program.
Ashe Taylor graduated from University High School last year, where she was the President of FIDM Fashion Club and participated in the Adidas Look Book collaboration. She is now a student at FIDM, earning her degree in Merchandising & Marketing.
Tell us a little about yourself: I am 18 years old and this is my first quarter at FIDM. I absolutely LOVE IT. FIDM is everything I thought it would be. I was born and raised in LA, and graduated from University High School in West LA. In 10th grade I start to explore and research different career paths. Fashion caught my attention the most. Ever since then I have been obsessed with fashion and the industry.
I would like to do multiple jobs in the fashion industry, from styling to public relations. I am very ambitious and eager to reach all my goals. I believe anything is possible and you can achieve anything you put your mind to. In my free time, I am constantly thinking of ways to gain experience and grow. I also work on personal projects doing styling and creative direction. Being productive is super important to me. Without productivity comes no growth, opportunities, or inspiration to continue creating.
How did being a Fashion Club President impact your path to FIDM? Fashion Club was a great learning experience. I learned how to be more independent. Being a Fashion Club president taught me the importance of working with all different types of people. It molded me into a better leader. Seeing the result of growth just from Fashion Club helped me see the impact FIDM would have on my career and education. I was so determined to get into FIDM. Ever since I started developing a passion for fashion, FIDM has been my dream school.
Looking back, what did you gain from your experience working on the Adidas lookbook when you were an FC President? Having the opportunity to work with Adidas was crazy amazing. I learned that working in the fashion industry is what I really want. I also learned that I enjoyed styling, and I became passionate about it shortly after that experience. The experience itself put me ten steps ahead of what I’m learning at FIDM right now. Most of what I learn, I can relate to because of the Adidas experience.
What is one of your proudest accomplishments? One of my proudest accomplishments is getting into FIDM. I worked hard before to make sure it was possible for me to attend FIDM. Now I feel so accomplished and happy all my work paid off.
What is your major? My major is Merchandising & Marketing. Choosing my major wasn’t that challenging because I knew I wanted to be on the business side of fashion. Once I found out about it, it was a lot of work understanding what exactly merchandising and marketing is. I did LOTS of research to see what jobs the major prepares you for, and how it is used in the industry. It was a fun learning process, exciting me even more about what I would like to do in the industry and how many possibilities and choices I have.
What’s your favorite class at FIDM? My favorite class so far is Marketing Essentials, not only because I absolutely love my teacher, but because it’s simply the basics about marketing. All the material you must know about the business of marketing connected to fashion. My teacher also makes it very real for the class. He teaches in a way it would be done in the real world, working with people in the industry.
What are your career goals? I have multiple career goals. FIDM is helping me understand the difference between my career goals. Since the classes are taught by people who are or used to be in the industry, it helps me understand that what I am learning will apply to the real world of working in the industry.
What advice do you have for someone thinking about starting a Fashion Club? Anyone thinking about starting a Fashion Club should JUST DO IT! It is a great opportunity. Know that it is not easy and be prepared to learn new things and grow as a person. Go into starting the club confident knowing it is going to be successful. Also, have a plan of what you would like to learn, goals for the club, and ideas you have to get students interested in Fashion Club.
Advice for someone thinking about going to FIDM? If you are interested in FIDM, make sure you understand what FIDM is about. Do lots of research and make sure FIDM is the right school for you.
Anything else you’d like to share? FIDM has taught me so much and given me so many opportunities. Now that I am a student, I know there will be many more opportunities and I will learn so much more.