On April 19th, 2013
Saddleback College Fashion Department
hosted hundreds of Orange County high school students at it's third annual
Fashion a 'la Mode
The object is to highlight what a great fashion program exists at Saddleback College.
Also to make students aware fashion is a viable career option and that Saddleback College is an affordable path to their future in fashion.
There were approximately 19 different hands-on workshops in various classrooms and each class had at least one fashion industry person to help open student's eyes to jobs in fashion.
The workshops ranged from fashion draping to textile dying to how to blog to inspiration boards to hair accessories, etc.
Each high school student got to rotate through three different 45 minute workshops of their choice.
After much thought I decided to have my workshop students create leather earbud cases.
I chose the cases because I thought it was something the students could actually use AND it required no sewing :)
Earbud case success stories!
I was so busy in my own workshop I didn't get out to take many photos but, the draping on half-size dress forms was right outside my class room and the students were doing awesome work.
The final fourth workshop of the day was for contests. My industry person, college student aides and myself were in charge of the ' Denim Deconstruction '.
Approximately a dozen teams of students each received a very large pair of jeans and had 45 minutes, duct tape, safety pins, needle and thread to make something wonderful .
Students created vests, fringed bags, bustiers. men's ties, and scandalously short dresses to name a few denim creations.
Fashion a 'la Mode is a whirlwind of activity and harmony.
Each year I am thrilled and encouraged by the joy and talent the teenagers bring to the event.
And even better is when I see a student again in my Saddleback College Fashion 100 class :)