Dustin Argumedo’s love for trend has led him to the Trend Institute of Design & Merchandising in Los Angeles.
For somebody who has by no means fairly slot in, the 2013 Manzano Excessive College alum is flourishing within the environment.
“I’ve at all times needed to create,” he says. “It’s an outlet that I’m grateful to have right this moment.”
Argumedo’s at all times had a love for trend. But it wasn’t till he labored at G by Guess within the Coronado Middle throughout highschool that he found a attainable profession.
“Once I began working there, I noticed there wasn’t lots of creativity in menswear,” he says.
Argumedo was certainly one of 9 college students to current at “FIDM DEBUT Present” on July 15, which spotlights the work of FIDM college students graduating within the Superior Trend Design program.
FIDM is a non-public school for specialised skilled schooling, getting ready college students for careers in design, enterprise and leisure.
“All of the DEBUT college students discovered distinctive inspirations for his or her collections and we’re so pleased with them for efficiently finishing their levels in Superior Trend Design,” says Barbara Bundy, FIDM vp of schooling. “They researched their concepts intently. … their collections replicate that tough work whether or not impressed by heritage, atmosphere, travels or different sources.”
Argumedo introduced his first trend assortment throughout the present.
The title of his menswear assortment, “MACHISMO LATINX” is a play on the Latinx time period “machismo,” which alludes to the idea of being “manly” and “self-reliant.”
He describes his assortment as a mixture of tailor-made, structured appears with snug and glossy features, made out of a mixture of tropical wools and knits.
“I knew I needed to make a males’s assortment,” Argumedo says. “The idea was to redefine the time period ‘macho.’ In Hispanic tradition, there’s a poisonous masculinity that exists to at the present time. When you’re seen as something totally different, it’s regarded down on. I needed to create garments you can put on and nonetheless be seen as manly. I need to take the time period again and redefine it.”
Wanting again at his assortment, Argumedo admits he was influenced by New Mexico.
He used yellow and earth tone colours that one way or the other labored collectively.
“I didn’t understand it at first,” he says. “Rising up surrounded by nature and gaining access to it undoubtedly has formed me.”
Argumedo cultivated the gathering by the nine-month program at FIDM.
There have been bumps within the highway alongside the way in which.
“Because of the pandemic, we needed to be taught remotely,” he says. “We didn’t have entry to all of the assets that design college students had in earlier years. We needed to assume outdoors of the field to get our work finished.”
Argumedo is grateful for this system and the chance to current his first assortment.
The majority of his assortment was designed and created within the final two months of this system. He additionally had the chance to help different design college students in getting ready for his or her runway present.
“We had been doing different courses and on the finish of the day, I used to be engaged on patterns and stitching samples,” he says. “Fittings by way of Zoom had been attention-grabbing. Although in direction of the top of this system, we had been allowed to really match our clothes on the fashions.”
Like many others throughout the pandemic, Argumedo needed to work to get previous his artistic blocks.
“I made a decision to concentrate on the little particulars to get this assortment finished and be cohesive,” he says. “As soon as I did put concentrate on that, the remainder got here collectively.”
After commencement, he plans to proceed his schooling at FIDM to obtain his bachelor’s diploma and search an internship with a sustainable model, corresponding to Patagonia.
His profession ambitions are excessive and embrace operating his personal sustainable trend model and to be invited to hitch the Council of Trend Designers of America (CFDA).
“I’d like to stay in Europe and run a trend home,” he says. “I do need to have a trend model that’s 100% sustainable and have zero waste. I believe the style business is engaged on changing into extra accountable in relation to waste. As a designer, I would like to steer that change for myself.”