Behind the Seams

Next Event

6.30.22 | 6PM | FABRIC

June 30, 2022
FABRIC 132 E. 6th St., Tempe, AZ 85281
6:00pm - 8:00pm

  • 6:00pm-6:20pm Networking and Shopping
  • 6:20pm Program begins


Angela Zdrale

Owner and Fashion Designer at Liv Tall


Ever thought of what it would be like to leave your day job and follow your dreams of becoming a fashion designer? That's exactly what Angela Zdrale did with her business Liv Tall. Diving head first into our Apparel Entrepreneur Roadmap and keeping her eyes on the prize, she put her years of experience in retail and enthusiasm for design straight to work to create a dream career all her own! Hear about the trials and celebrations that brought her to this point and the future goals for her tall girl empire!



Attn FIDM Alumni:
This event also serves as the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising AZ Alumni Chapter's official monthly networking event! Connect with fellow FIDM Alumni, continue your industry education, and mingle with other industry pros.

An intimate chat
with Fashion
Industry Rockstars.

Learn | Connect | Promote - For FREE

Each month, a different industry professional is interviewed in front of a live audience. These interviews are filmed and shared below. They share their unique journey to becoming an industry pro or an expert while teaching us something about their trade.

  • Network with other industry pros and fashion lovers before and after the event including designers, brand owners, consultants, stylists, models, photographers, manufacturers, FIDM AZ Alumni, students, and more.
  • Apparel Entrepreneur Members get to introduce themselves and their business to the audience. Must be an officially registered AE Member of FABRIC.
  • AE Members: FREE
  • Students: FREE with student ID
  • Non-Members/Public: Free with any suggested donation of any amount online or at the door

Past Events & Speakers

Helen Jean | Curator of Fashion Design at PHX Art Museum
Trained in theatrical costume design as well as museum studies, Helen dove right into the world of curating fashion at Phx Art in 2007 as an assistant to the collection and after 5 years and a dozen exhibitions supported, life handed her new opportunities such as leading the fashion design program at the Art Institute of Phoenix and working in the costume shop at Arizona Opera.Now she’s back at Phoenix Art Museum as the Jacquie Dorrance curator of Fashion Design, working to craft stories and exhibitions that illustrate how clothing connects us all through a web of unique culture and exquisite craft.


Behind The Seams Special Edition: Eco Fashion Week

As part of Eco Fashion Week, we be dedicated April's event to go behind the seams with a panel of experts to discuss sustainable fashion. From production to consumer sustainability efforts are becoming even more important as consumers start demanding brands to be more environmentally aware and the manufacturing traditions of the industry have to shift into a more technology driven and sustainable landscape to save the future of fashion.

Heather DeSimone | Designer & Owner of Leetie Lovendale
Leetie Lovendale is a jewelry brand born of leftovers. Made using vintage plastics & lucite, Leetie Lovendale is a sustainable collection of statement necklaces, hoop earrings, minimalist stud earrings & so much more. We design pop-of-color jewelry fit for today, with a nod of nostalgia to the retro era of our materials. Established in 2010, founder Heather DeSimone has been designing jewelry for Leetie Lovendale using salvaged vintage parts left behind by jewelry designers of the past.


Brian Hill | Executive Director of Phoenix Fashion Week
Brian works with 100's of emerging fashion designers each This month we'll be chatting with the man who created PHOENIX FASHION WEEK], Brian Hill, to get the inside scoop on what it took to build it from the ground up. We'll catwalk through the journey from the early startup years to the present-day glamour and experience the highs and lows of building a brand that builds brands. Learn what really goes into executing a seamless event and network with the industry pros who make Arizona's fashion scene so incredible.


Sherri Barry & J. Kirby Best discuss On-Demand Manufacturing

Sherri and Kirby are putting Arizona on the fashion map by creating the first factory in North America to offer apparel entrepreneurs On-Demand print, cut, sew, pack and ship direct-to-consumer within 5-7 days. This sustainable, technology-driven, apparel manufacturing solution, where a garment is not made until purchased, is a “Sell one-Make one” system that offers customizable orders by fit and print.

Angela Johnson | FABRIC Co-Founder
From LA’s design and manufacturing world to advocate for AZ’s fashion industry, FABRIC co-founder Angela shares her story, and what it took to build an industry and have a successful fashion career. 


Sherri Barry | FABRIC Co-Founder
From running 350 retail stores as divisional VP, to starting her own fashion brand while earning an MBA at ASU, the difficulties of manufacturing in LA, ignighted Sherri's passion for co-founding FABRIC.


Amelia Walsh | FABRIC Creative Director
From fashion designer to President of a luxury denim company to fashion professor at ASU to Creative Director of FABRIC....this experienced professional has done it all!


Kate Anderson | Director of Product Management & Production
From merchandising, buying, and retail, to technical design and apparel production management in Los Angeles, Kate Anderson brings senior level experience at high volume brands such as Target, Forever 21, and Reformation to AZ’s emerging designers.

Jared Yazzie | OXDX Owner
From the walls of the Smithsonian and pages of Vogue & WWD, to collaborations with The Hundreds, Eighth Generation, and Jamie Okuma. 


Uli Beator | Director of Design & Development
From tailoring in Germany to Pattern Making, Technical Design, and Production Management in the US, Uli Beator brings senior level experience at high volume brands such as Old Navy, LL Bean, Athleta and more to AZ’s emerging designers. Learn of her journey from Germany to Maine to San Francisco and why she decided to head to Arizona where she creates patterns for hundreds of emerging fashion brands at FABRIC.