This article appeared in the May 15, 2018, issue of the student newsletter.
Fashion design students showed off their creations to an audience that included El Centro president Dr. José Adames at El Centro's annual fashion show — titled
Dreams to Seams.
"This year's show features student-designed garments inspired by an array of cultural influences and the experimental, experiential and aspirational dreams of the students themselves," says Michael Einsohn, who emceed the event.
All of the garments in the show were entirely designed and constructed by freshmen and sophomores in the El Centro fashion design program.
The show has come a long way since it began more than 25 years ago.
"I'd say about 26, 27 years ago, the kids and I started going out to a lot of clubs and bars and we started doing them outside, which was awesome," says fashion design faculty Michael Anthony. "We were having some really awesome shows. But over the years, it has gotten so difficult to coordinate all of that and get the kids out there."
After watching "Med Couture" and the freshmen collection, the 11 sophomore designers took center stage to show off their hard work.
"The fashion collection production class is the capstone of the fashion design and apparel design curriculum at El Centro, where students are challenged to take everything that they have learned and let their imagination run wild to create garments that reflect both their learned skills and inherent individual talents," says Einsohn.
It's not just the fashion design department that is responsible for the big undertaking that is the annual fashion show; the marketing department — led in part by Carmen Carter and Marilyn Sullivan — has a big hand in making sure the whole thing comes together."The fashion marketing department is the power behind this show in a lot of ways," Einsohn says. "Backstage, the students and the faculty commit themselves to pulling off this show in a way that's much less glamorous than having fantastic clothes walk down the runway." It's a long process for everyone that includes building the set, multiple model calls, fittings and dress rehearsals that often descend into "total chaos." And that's before you even think about the weeks of hard work the student designers put in to make sure they're ready to go by showtime. It starts with the students making three sketches for a fabric. One sketch is picked for each student to execute; then there's pattern sketching and tweaking the designs before finally starting to cut and sew real fabric for an industry-ready sample.The Food and Hospitality Institute also chipped in by catering for guests an hour before the show began.
The show ended with awards for a few standout students.
Marilyn Sullivan and Michael Anthony, who are both retiring this year, were also recognized to end the show.
Bunmi Osibodu, "Arewa"