Krista Osborne recently presented her International Manufacturing & Product Development (IMPD) Graduate Thesis Project to her colleagues, FIDM Faculty and Staff, and industry partners. The challenge was to design for The Cherokee Group, an American lifestyle brand, but aim it toward the French consumer. After a year of incredibly hard work, including international travel, Krista is ready to take on the fashion industry and take advantage of every opportunity that comes her way.
Tell us a little about yourself: I'm a Merchandise Product Development Graduate and soon to be Graduate of the International Manufacturing & Product Development (IMPD) Program. I'm very determined and dedicated to achieve my goals in the fashion industry.
What is one of your proudest accomplishments? My proudest accomplishment is recently completing the IMPD Program and seeing my designs come to life and worn by a model!
Tell us about your experience in the IMPD Program: The IMPD Program was the best experience I've ever had. It changed my life in so many ways, and I was able to really see the international side of the fashion industry. I was also able to experience and learn about cultures overseas, which really influenced my designs.
For whom did you design? I designed for the Big Boy (Tween)
consumer for the brand Cherokee. Our challenge was to design for this American lifestyle brand but aim it toward the French consumer. The age range for the Big Boy category is 5-14, with the target age being eight years old.
What was the biggest lesson you learned in the IMPD Program? I learned so many valuable lessons during this program but the biggest lesson I learned was to never think something is impossible. I learned to keep pushing towards my goals even when it seemed they were out of reach.
Tell us a little about your traveling experience in the program:
The traveling experience was more than anything I could have ever imagined. We were able to travel to Paris, Milan, and Hong Kong. I fell in love with Paris the second I saw the Eiffel Tower! The city is full of history and we were lucky enough to visit several of FIDM's industry partners. The appointments we attended while in Europe included a trend presentation at Trend Union, walking the booths of Premiére Vision, visiting the Lacoste factory, touring Carrera and Candiani. China was a trip where we were able to learn more of the culture and tour the factories. This trip was an eye-opener for all of us since the culture there is so different from ours here. We were able to see how business is done in Asia and what to expect once we enter the industry.
Tell us about the upcoming Fall 2012 trends: The upcoming trends for Fall 2012 specifically for the Big Boy category include muted colors, rich nature inspired hues, and fabrics that are functional and comfortable. Plaids, flannels, elbow patches, and contrasting details will all be incorporated for this season.
What fashion sites/blogs do you love? Some of my favorite fashion sites are Fashion Toast, StyleSight, and Chanel, but my favorite is reading Vogue magazine.
How did you hear about FIDM and what made you decide to go here? I knew I wanted to have a career in the fashion industry ever since I was really young. When I found out about FIDM, I applied right away and got accepted during my senior year of high school. What set FIDM apart from the other school was the amount of industry connections and amazing teachers who are still active and influential in the industry. I knew if I went to FIDM I would gain the knowledge necessary to pursue and achieve my career aspirations.
How did you choose your major? I originally enrolled as a Fashion Design major but before I even started I did some more research on the other majors and fell in love with the Merchandise Product Development program. I learned that in this major I would be able to have a wider variety of career options after I finished. After graduating from Product Development I decided to continue my career and was accepted into the IMPD program.
What are your career goals and how is FIDM helping you get there? Honestly I'm not sure what my specific career goals are at this time. I have so many things I want to do in this industry that range from design, production, and sourcing to working for a fashion magazine. I am open to all aspects of this industry and I'm excited to take as many opportunities that come my way.
What advice do you have for someone thinking about going to FIDM? The advice I have for someone thinking about going to FIDM is do your research! Before starting make sure to look at the majors and the careers you could have after you graduate to see if that is what you really want to do. You must have passion and determination for this industry in order to succeed.
Anything else you'd like to share? I recommend the IMPD Program to anyone who has the drive to do it. I would love to answer any questions anyone has about this program or FIDM.
Do you want to travel to Europe and Asia to learn what it takes to design and develop a fashion line? Find out more about the International Manufacturing & Product Development Program at FIDM.