The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising kicked off its annual runway show Debut the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California on Thursday, April 5. Each year, the showcase provides select graduating students to present their works in the form of a professionally produced runway show and in front of an audience filled with industry professionals, veterans and guests.

The event began with Chairing Styles, a segment to showcase the collaborative projects of students studying textiles, interiors, and fashion. Five groups of students were set to develop one chair and a coinciding fashion design. According to California Apparel News, chairs were provided by Ana Maria Designs, with embroidery business by Royal Maye Chie Enterprises, Inc., and fabric printing provided by Textile XPress.

For the show’s presentation of Advanced Theatre Costume Design, students created works inspired by Mozart’s opera “The Magic Flute.”

The 2019 Debut runway show also included a new segment dedicated specifically to denim for the first time, which featured designs in line with the current trends in fashion such as patchwork, tie-dye, neon hues, and white, in addition to traditional blue jeans.

Debut was also a time to award scholarships for students. See the full list below:

The Guess Scholarship: Andrea Isaza and Kai Erven

Jack and Joan Bonholtzer Scholarship: Sofia Elin

Nolan Miller Scholarship: Jason Tirtorahardjo

Rose Morbit Bologne Scholarship: Emi Ishizeki

FIDM Debut Scholarship: Kyle Denman

Jerry Epstein Scholarship: Kyle Denman

John and Victoria Hill Scholarship: Anna Reinherz

FIDM Merit Scholarship: Adam James

Karen Kane Scholarship: Heewon Moon

Bob Mackie Scholarship: Mitchell Car





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