Vintage fashion costumes adorned the entrance to Sacramento City College‘s campus’ Student Center. The SCC City Fashion Club presented an enchanting evening of fashion on Wednesday night, May 8.
The Spring 2013 Fashion Show featured a classwork runway and designs by seven student designers.
Excitement and anticipation were apparent backstage as models and designers worked on last-minute details. Also backstage were beauty and esthetician school representatives from Paul Mitchell.
Faculty members Lynne Giovannetti and Jean Winchell represented the fashion club and managed the activity backstage and at the door.
Giovannetti, Applied Apparel Studies Program professor, shared some information on the City Fashion Club. “The club is open to students throughout the campus. You don’t have to be a fashion student to be a member,” said Giovannetti and continued, “They have a faculty advisor who is Jean Winchell.”
Giovannetti indicated that the club’s aim is to have a showing at the end of every semester. The shows’ goal is to show what students learn in beginning to advanced classes during the semester of the showing. “In December we’ll do another show, so we’ll have something for every semester and the fashion club will be the ones who put it on.”
SCC offers several associate degrees and certificates for students wishing to study the different aspects of the fashion industry.
In order to keep up with vintage and current trends, Giovannetti said, “Our fashion program has been around for over 40 years. It just keeps changing. It changes to conform to the industry around every five years. We take a good look at the program and then we retool all the degrees and courses to match what’s going on in the industry so we stay up to date.”
Winchell, an adjunct professor who teaches stretch fashion courses and is a figure skating costume designer, quoted the club’s mission: “to share our love of fashion with the world in order to create a fashion-conscious campus where you can feel free to be daring and shock the halls with your fashion!”
Many of the concepts learned in stretch classes, Winchell noted, went into the design and construction of the fashion showed.
Winchell’s enthusiasm was apparent as she described new equipment used at SCC. “We just got some new sergers about a year ago so that every student has the opportunity to sit down with an exceptional sewing machine,” said Winchell. She continued, “Getting these sergers was very fortunate, the students are going crazy. The one thing that this program really teaches is that the students here are taught to design and then construct the complete project.”
Once on the runway, student designers exhibited their passion as models paraded beautifully constructed fashion.
The Spring Fashion Show included fashion for men, women and children. Imaginative formal; casual, activewear; wedding; and urban styles graced the runway.
Each designer showcased their passion for fashion and incorporated what they’ve learned at SCC, while their individual creativity brought their designs to life and the delight of the audience. The City Fashion Club will soon be preparing for a show in December 2013.
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