FIDM Couture Fabric Fundraiser

2,150 yards of designer fabric – fabric from a private Couturier, Nora Martin- is being donated to the Fashion Institute of Designing and Merchandising. Instead of keeping the fabric for student use (which I would do) – it is being sold to raise funds for the FIDM Scholarship Store beginning May 21.

At original prices ranging from $90 to $250 a yard – it will be sold at a much more affordable price. The funds will start a scholarship in Martin’s name. Fabrics will include: brocades, wool, tweed, cotton, metallics, leather, hand-beaded Chantilly lace, French lace, and hand-loomed and hand-embroidered silks are among the fabrics for sale. There will even be embroideries and beaded fabric custom designed by Martin when she operated her couturier.

The sale will run through May 25—or while supplies last. The Scholarship Store is located on the design college’s downtown Los Angeles campus at 919 S. Grand Ave. The first day of the sale, May 21, will run from noon to 7 p.m. The sale will run from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. for the remaining days, May 22–25, or until the entire inventory is sold.

The FIDM Scholarship Foundation is funded with the support of manufacturers and retailers whose donations help provide tuition assistance for students looking to pursue FIDM degrees in fashion, footwear and jewelry design; apparel-industry management; beauty-industry merchandising and management; digital media; film and television costume design; theater costume design; graphic design; interior design; international manufacturing and product development; merchandise marketing; merchandise product development; textile design; entertainment set design and decoration; visual communication; and business management. The FIDM Scholarship Foundation has raised more than $5 million to help students pursue their education.

The FIDM Scholarship Foundation Store was founded in 1992, offering bargains on merchandise donated by manufacturers, including clothing, accessories, textiles and home decor. The store also functions as a merchandising lab for student interns, who work as managers and associates.

For more information about the Scholarship Fund, call Nicki Anderson at (213) 624-1200, Ext. 2617. —Alison A. Nieder

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