Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising

The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) is a private for-profit college with multiple campuses in California. It offers degree programs in majors including fashion, entertainment, beauty, interior design, and graphic design. The college was founded in 1969 by Tonian Hohberg, the institute's president and CEO.[1][2]

Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising
Fidm logo.jpg
TypePrivate for-profit college
PresidentTonian Hohberg
Location, ,
United States


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 of Arts degree programs. The college also offers a master in business administration degree.[2]

The college is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission.[3] Due to a commission review finding problems in sustainability and faculty oversight in 2019, status has changed from "Accredited" to "Accredited with Notice of Concern".[4] It is also an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).[5]


The college has one campus in Los Angeles. The campus features the modern architecture of Clive Wilkinson.[6][7][8][9]

FIDM's main campus in Los Angeles features innovative study spaces, a design studio, and the FIDM Museum and Galleries. The San Francisco campus is located in Union Square.[10] The award-winning Orange County campus is a visual experience with lofts, an indoor/outdoor student lounge, bright colors, and a unique audiovisual igloo. Students can take their first year of classes at the Orange County and San Francisco campuses, but have to transfer to the Los Angeles campus for their second year.

In popular cultureEdit

FIDM served as the location of Lifetime's Project Runway season six,[11] Project Runway: Under the Gunn,[12] Project Runway: Threads,[13] and Project Runway: Junior. Several FIDM alumni, including Santino Rice, Daniel Franco, Guadalupe Vidal, Kelli Martin, and Leann Marshall, were contestants on the original Project Runway show.[14] FIDM was also featured in the MTV show The Hills, which shows the life of upcoming fashion designer, Lauren Conrad, who comes from Laguna Beach and wants to become famous for her designs.[15]

FIDM MuseumEdit

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 television shows and films. The FIDM Museum Permanent Collection features more than 15,000 objects representing over 200 years of fashion, spanning haute couture, ready-to-wear, international ensembles, film costumes, and fragrance. Highlights of the collection include the Lilli Ann, Michael Arnaud, Damask Cecil Beaton, Nancy Dinsmore, Rudi Gernreich, Stella Hanania, Helen Larson, Tina Leser, Maurice Levin, and Gianni Versace Menswear archives.[16][17][18]

Due to COVID-19 concerns, the FIDM Museum Los Angeles and Orange County galleries are now closed. It is possible to browse the FIDM online collections.[19][20]

Notable peopleEdit


Faculty and staffEdit


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