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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

A must see exhibit for Fashion students, Theatre in Fashion, Beverly Hills, CA

Want to be awed?
Need inspiration?
Just simply love couture fashion?

If so, I need to tell you about an amazing fashion exhibit in the Los Angeles area which has a limited engagement (four weeks). The name of the exhibit is Theatre in Fashion (Il Teatro alla Moda).

I first saw this exhibit in Milan last summer with my Verona Retreat group. We were all in awe as we walked through the galleries, and were pleased to hear that the garments were coming to Los Angeles area in the Fall.

Theatre in Fashion features 80 garments designed by top designers such as Armani, Capucci, Fendi, Marras, Missoni, Ungaro, Valentino, and Versace. These amazing structures were created for opera, drama, and ballet. Therefore, they are stage pieces and utterly fantastic. Sponsored by the Wallis Annenberg Center, the exhibition is located on Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills. As you tour the array of color, structure and creativity, you will walk through several galleries, laid out by designer. In numerous cases, you can see the concept sketch, and then the final garment.

I think what amazed me most is the fantastic architectural design that occurs when a garment is designed for the stage. I can guarantee you that you will not be disappointed in what you see. Every fashion student should make a point of seeing this show, sketch book in hand, to learn from the masters.

Do hurry though, as the exhibit ends on November 13th, 2011. It is a four-week engagement.

Theatre in Fashion (hosted by Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts)

Exhibit is located in a temporary space at

253 North Beverly Dr.

Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Hours: Wed – Friday, noon -7 p.m.

Saturday/Sunday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Tickets are $10 per person, Thursday – Sunday;

Children under 12 and students with ID are free.

Admission on Wednesday is free.

Parking is free for two hours in a nearby lot.

And now.. to tempt you...

Missoni Costumes for the 1990 World Cup in Italy

Capriccio by Robert Capucci

Capriccio by Gianni Versace

photos provided with permission of the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

Thursday, May 19, 2011

DIY: Hand Chain

By: Holeh Zargarian
featured in the Spring 2011 Mesa Fashion Program "In-Print" Newsletter

One of the hottest trends in jewelry right now is the hand chain. Hand chains are composed of a bracelet and a ring with a chain, or multiple chains, connecting the two. Ranging from delicate and beautiful, to tough and substantial, these finger frosters can run upwards of $100. Why dish out all that dough when you can create a unique and custom-fitted chain of your very own?

What you will need:

1. Pliers
2. Chain
3. Findings (plenty of jump-rings and a clasp)
4. Optional: a flat pendant with loops on either end to attach to your armor


1. Measure around your middle finger with the chain. Cut it to length and use pliers to attach the ends with a jump ring.

2. Attach another length of chain on the same jump ring. This is the length that will run from your fingers to your wrist or attach your pendant to your armor, so be sure not to cut it too short!

3. Measure around your wrist with chain the same way you did for your finger to make a bracelet. Attach a jump ring and a clasp. I made mine pretty tight so that my chain would not slide around too much once I was wearing it.

4. Here, you will either attach the length of chain from your finger to the length around your wrist, or you can cut that length shorter and use jump rings to add a pendant to your armor.

5. Now, you can leave your chain simple or add more. I chose to add a few more chains from the ring down to the bracelet, and a few across to add interest and to help the armor hold its shape while its being worn.

Here’s my finished product! When you make your own hand chain, don’t be afraid to be creative. Good Luck!

For more DIY's and other blog posts, check out Holeh's blog at

Here's the Fall Schedule

Below is our schedule of classes for Fall 2011

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Fashion Graduate: Melisa Farnsworth

Check out this video by Mahal Style.

It features Melisa Farnsworth, Fashion Design graduate of Mesa College.
Melissa was one of 21 fashion designers/artists who are exhibiting in a gallery show at Vision Art Museum in Liberty Station in San Diego. The exhibit is called Fabric Free Fashion and it runs through July 24th.

Vision Art Museum
2825 Dewey Road, Suite 100
San Diego, CA 92106
Phone: 619-546-4872 Fax: 619-546-4876

Museum Hours: Tue–Sun 10AM - 4PM
Closed Monday and all major holidays

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Save the Date! Mesa Golden Scissors

Our Golden Scissor show is just around the corner.

Here is our Save the Date card. Send it to your friends!

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Upcoming Fashion Event

The Fashion Club at Mesa College is hosting a fundraiser on April 11th, downtown. Click on the image to enlarge it and print out the details.

Fashion Promotion Class Gets Ready for Golden Scissors

The Fashion Promotion class at Mesa is in the middle of organizing and preparing for the 30th annual Golden Scissors Awards and Fashion Show. Here we are, in all our glory, enthusiasm abounds.

We will keep you updated via the blog of the various activities involved in producing a gala event for approximately 800 people.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011


Welcome to the Mesa College Fashion Program blog.

We are excited to share with you the happenings in our program. Both faculty and students will be contributing to this blog and our intent is to keep you posted on our courses, events, student successes, and of course our annual Golden Scissors Fashion Show.

If you have any questions about our program, please contact either
Andrea Marx, 619-388-2206,
Susan Lazear, 619-388-2205,