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In preparation for Sacramento’s International Academy of Design and Technology (IADT) annual Imagine Fashion Show the school held their final fitting day. Several designers and models attended the fitting on Friday, May 11.

IADT final fitting before 2012 Imagine Fashion Show

During the final fitting designers put  finishing touches on their designs. At this time several models had dropped out of the event because of various reasons and new castings were going through their initial fittings as well.

IADT final fitting before 2012 Imagine Fashion Show

One of the models at the event was Jereen Diaz who is a Sacramento model and will be modeling for Erika Diaz (no relation). I asked the model a few questionas about her fashion work.

Tell me a little about yourself and your interest in the fashion industry.

I’m a part time model, I go to school full time and I also work at a dental office. Whenever there are events like this and fashion shows that are of interest I try to get involved. If there are photo shoots or things that have to do with modeling and there are designers and photographers who are interested in working with me then I do modeling.

Where do you go to school?

I go to ARC.

How did you hear about this casting?

I found out about this event through Mykha Ram, he sent me a message on Facebook.

Were you here for the initial casting call?

I wasn’t able to make it to the first meeting but Erika talked to me about coming out on another day. I was working out of town that day so they rescheduled.

What type of fashion do you like?

I like runways and I like doing prints as well. I’m not as tall as other models, I’m 5’4” so that’s my disadvantage when it comes to runway fashion. There are times when some designers don’t mind having models my height so I do reach out to those designers and I really love modeling.

How were you chosen to model for Erika?

I was assigned to Erika and so I believe Mykha did choose me.

Do you have any other projects in the works?

Not at the moment since I’ve focused on school. However if I hear from designers, photographers or casting directors who want to talk to me I usually take those projects.

What are you studying at ARC?

As of right now I’m taking Psychology and hopefully then I can go into pre-dental. I am currently a sophomore and hope to attend Sac State.

What’s your main goal in life?

For right now I would like to finish school and hopefully get into the dental field. I’d like to be a dentist.

Any tips on how to get cast when there are height restrictions?

Every casting that I’ve seen on-line or anywhere else I’ve heard they look mostly for models over 5’7” so I mainly respond to people who contact me directly. When they contact me I know they know my height and they’re okay with it. I let them know and it’s in my profile so I mainly respond to them because they probably don’t mind what my height is.

Are you with an agency?

I’m not currently with an agency but would like to have one.

Do you think you’ll keep modeling as a side career?

Yes definitely. School is my primary focus. Since I really haven’t done a whole lot in modeling I focus on my studies. If any modeling jobs pop up I do them.

IADT final fitting before 2012 Imagine Fashion Show with Erika Diaz and Jereen Diaz

Designer Erika Diaz is one of the Emerging Designers who will be showcasing three outfits. As it turns out two of her models had to drop out of the fashion show that takes place on June 22. During the final fitting she worked only with Jereen Diaz on a beautiful black dress.

I asked Diaz several questions about her designs. I started by talking about her missing models.

Looking at the list of designers and models it looks like you’ve lost two of your models.

As it turns out one can’t make it because she’s got two jobs and the other can’t make it because of vacation.

What will you do?

I’m waiting to hear from Esther (Amato) to see if any more models are available.

What year are you in at IADT?

This is my last year in Fashion Design and Marketing.

Can you recall when you first developed your passion for fashion?

Yes! When I was little I used to cut old fabric and make dresses for my Barbies.

What are your plans after finishing school?

I’m going to start looking for a job in the industry.

Do you think you’ll remain in Sacramento or look for jobs elsewhere?

I’ll remain in Sacramento and maybe when I have more experience I might look elsewhere.

How did you become involved in the Imagine Showcase?

I want to be a designer and I feel this is a good opportunity to learn about different aspects of fashion and become involved. I’m doing three different dresses so I was excited about that.

Are your designs going to be similar?

They’re all different and my theme is “Around the World.” So one outfit will showcase Beijing so it has an Asian look, the other one is Paris and the last one is Greece so it has a little of everything.

How are you feeling about the show?

This is my first show; I’m excited and a little nervous.


IADT final fitting before 2012 Imagine Fashion Show

The next event before the Imagine Showcase takes place on Friday, June 22 at the Hilton Sacramento Arden West will be a rehearsal scheduled for Saturday June16.

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