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Josie Natori

“I have always believed there are no boundaries,” designer Josie Cruz Natori says. Exemplifying her own mantra, the Natori founder and CEO crossed continents, navigated varying careers, and surmounted countless obstacles to create her global brand. Born Josefina Almeda Cruz, she credits her entrepreneurial nature to the matriarchal society she grew up in, along with the support of her close-knit …

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Joel Elliott – FIDM

Joel Elliott’s FIDM Debut collection is an exploration of the societal strictures and structures people exist within, through the lens of his personal life journey. He found inspiration in areas such as Shibari rope bondage and 18th-century sailing ships. His designs portray the ways freedom and power are found through embracing one’s truest self. Elliott’s collection incorporates a fresh sweep …

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Esther Gaor – FIDM

Born and raised in Manila, Philippines, Esther Gaor was inspired by the ability to shift one’s perspective of the world, after living in the slums during her childhood. Her FIDM Debut collection, titled “One Day x Day One” is based on the concept of bringing life to the modern fairy tale by removing limitations and boundaries, allowing the inner dreamer …

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Susan Lizotte – FIDM

Born in Detroit, Michigan, and raised in Houston, Texas, Susan Lizotte’s FIDM Debut collection combines comfort and elegance. Aiming to exude a calming feeling, and highlighting the allure of modesty, Lizotte looked to soft curves in architecture and soft textiles as inspiration for her womenswear designs. She incorporated ponte, Sherpa, and satin textiles, as well as hand-painted organza in a …

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Ethan Martin – FIDM

Born in Bakersfield, California, and raised in Lompoc, California, Ethan Martin created a bold collection that merges evening and streetwear. Deeply fond of drag culture and video games, they designed a collection intersecting both worlds. Juxtaposing the similarities between the color-blocked bosses/enemies of video games with the power and stature found in drag, the collection’s silhouettes are evocative of drag …

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Yubin Min – FIDM

Born and raised in South Korea, Yubin Min attended a premier fashion and design high school before attending FIDM. Sourcing inspiration from Polish artist Marcin Rusak, she focused on exuding the beauty and life of flowers in her FIDM Debut collection. Through the use of fabric manipulation, she illustrated the transformation of colors and textures during a flower’s life cycle …

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Cole Moscaret – FIDM

Born in Pasadena, California, and raised in San Mateo, California, Cole Moscaret originally studied business management before making the decision to transfer to FIDM and pursue a career in fashion. With a love for historical films and 1940s menswear, Moscaret designed a menswear collection inspired by the uniforms of the World War II Allied Powers, with a contemporary and dapper …

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Thierry Kepgang Nana – FIDM

Born and raised in Douala, Cameroon, Thierry Kepgang Nana served in the United States Army before attending FIDM. Nana’s FIDM Debut collection was inspired by his personal journey to be the man he’s always hoped to become. He designed an effervescent collection for men and women with a myriad of textures and colors. A variety of techniques, such as fabric …

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Sasha Swedlund – FIDM

Born in Chicago, Illinois, and raised in Sebastopol, California, Sasha Swedlund was immersed in art from a young age. Her mother collected fabrics from all over the world, and Swedlund developed a love of painting, prints, color, textiles, and fashion. Over the last decade, she has worked as a muralist and sign painter and, prior to attending FIDM, she earned …

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March 17 – To Be Announced

Date: Friday, March 17, 2023 Time: Cocktail Reception 7:00 PM / Runway Show 8:00 PM Programming to be announced! Please check back to see who we’ve got for the runway.