The event is a group effort produced by the Mesa College Fashion Promotion students, hair and makeup by the San Diego City College Cosmetology Department, entertainment by Mesa students and dancers of the San Diego Mesa Dance Company. A select few students from Continuing Education from the San Diego Community College District were invited to walk the runway.
A silent auction began the event with donations from local businesses and a special VIP reception. The theme for the evening was “Forces of Fashion.” Program directors Meegan Feori, Susan Lazear, and Jordyn Smiley welcomed the crowd and got this anticipated fashion show started. The students had worked all year for this moment.
Juliet Sailo took home a first place award for Career Wear, and the Clubwear category. Jenneva Borboa was awarded a first place ribbon for Costume-Influenced and for the Evening Section. Madison Gooden had the privilege of winning for the Weekend Wear segment and was given the Best of Show for Workmanship.
The president of Mesa College, the deans, and administrators modeled the hats in the Millinery section. Every year, the students can’t wait so see which hat Dr. Pamela T. Luster will pick to walk down the runway. This year the honor went to Anne Wickizer. Eduardo Torres took home the first place award for the Millinery section and Guadalupe Saucedo for Millinery Continuing Education.
Additional first place awards were given to: Suzan Peterson for the Forces of Fashion, Paula Buendia for Sustainability, and Haja Hidra for Gender Neutral. One of the most delightful sections was the Children’s Dresses. Alice Chao took the first place award for this crowd pleaser. The evening continued with a first place ribbon to Susan Martin for the Upcycle division and Sarah Wilcox for the Best Collection.
Mike McKinney was recognized with an Ambassador award and Trang Mai was given the Rising Star award. Marine Weiss received the first place award for the Technology segment and also received Best of Show for Creativity.
The fashion program at Mesa College is a two-year college degree that prepares the students for a career in the fashion industry. There are three areas to specialize in: fashion merchandising, fashion design or fashion consulting. The proceeds from this event go toward scholarships for fashion students. For more information about this program, visit sdmesa.edu or email professor Jordyn Smiley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Friday, May 24 – Cocktails & Couture featuring a fashion show with Lizz Russell designs at the Westgate Hotel beginning at 6:30 p.m. Proceeds go to GBS/CIDP San Diego Chapter Awareness Fundraiser. For more information, visit westgatehotel.com.
- Friday, May 31 – Luncheon and fashion show fundraiser “America’s Finest Fashion Show: A Salute to San Diego’s 250th Anniversary” to benefit the Vista Hill Foundation, presented by Gretchen Productions at the Town & Country Hotel. For info: 858-449-8060.
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