Costume designer Erica Williams talks about her FIDM DEBUT Runway Show experience
Lake Country Lutheran High School FIDM Fashion Club President and aspiring costume designer Serena Abel recently asked Erica Williams, a costume designer for Disney, how FIDM prepared her for her career in Theatre Costume Design.
Erica: FIDM changed everything for me, I wouldn’t be where I am without it! Before FIDM, I THOUGHT I knew how to sketch, how to sew—but there was so much more to learn. I gained not only practical knowledge with sewing construction/pattern making and draping, but how to combine the creative part of myself that comes naturally, with the business minded world of fashion and design. FIDM taught me how to take all of my ideas and turn them into reality, with a full understanding of each and every step in between.
Serena: Were there any FIDM classes in particular that taught you things you use everyday now that you’re working in the industry?
Erica: I can’t say there was a single class I took at FIDM that didn’t prepare me for what I do everyday. Specifically now at Disney, I work with technical sketching in Adobe Illustrator every single day, along with discussing fabrication and construction techniques. It all goes together, and I wouldn’t say one class was more important than another, they all equally support a strong foundation for the industry.
Serena: Tell me about your DEBUT experience. What was it like? How do you think it has helped you? What was your biggest lesson learned?
Erica: DEBUT changed my life. It was amazing focusing EXACTLY on what I wanted to do, it seemed as if I wrote the course schedule myself! The amount of hands on work and extremely detailed courses were unlike anything else. The instructors however were absolutely the greatest part of DEBUT, I now have a life long relationship with these industry professionals who will go out of their way to pass on their art form and help in anyway possible.
This is an excerpt of an interview by Lake Country Lutheran High School FIDM Fashion Club President and aspiring costume designer Serena Abel.