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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Mesa Students Drape Holiday Costumes

The garments you see below rare made from gift wrap and placed in a store window at North County Fair mall.

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Location:North County Fair Mall

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Buying Experience

Students in the Intro to Fashion class simulated market week today. Groups of students set up showrooms with 12 garments and 6 accessories. The rest of the class acted as teams of retail buyers. They needed to spend $20,000 in 30 minutes. They are buying as this is written. We will see how they do.
See them in action.

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Location:Mesa College, San Diego

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Brown Bag Challenge 2

Today was the day students of Fashion 171: Computer Fashion I, brought in the garments they made for the Brown Paper Bag challenge.
To recap:
Students picked, at random, a brown paper bag with fabric inside.
They had just a little over an hour to draft the pattern on the computer.

Here are some of the results...

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Location:Mesa College, San Diego

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Brown Paper Bag Project

Thursday was challenge day for students of Fashion 171, Computer Pattern Design. It started with 20 Brown Paper Bags. Each was filled with a piece of fabric that was not to be seen until after the bag was chosen at random.

The Challenge? Students had just over an hour to plan and draft a pattern on the computer, using Garment Designer software. They would then have over our Thanksgiving break to sew up the project. We'll see what they come up with.

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Location:Mesa College, San Siego

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Fashion Career Day at Mesa College

Mark your calendars for a Fashion Career Day!  San Diego Fashion Group is sponsoring a career day with a great slate of speakers.  This will be held at Mesa College on Saturday, Oct. 20th.  Details below on the flyer.

To register go to or through Constant Contacts:

Monday, July 9, 2012

Daisy Novela

If I had to choose one part, I'd have to say it was being able to share my experience of going up the Eiffel Tower with my son. I face-timed him as soon as we got back to the hotel and he was so excited for me. I then realized that I was so lucky to be there and that I'd do everything I could to be able to let him have the same experience one day.

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Countdown to our Golden Scissor Show

The countdown is on.  Our Golden Scissor show is only 10 days away. If you are local to San Diego, please plan to attend.

Arturo Ramirez

The trip had some bumps with flight connections, mishaps with boarding trains, staying on-schedule, an so on. would be an understatement. No one ever said herding 20 creative-minded people would be easy. To say that this trip was inspirational would also be an understatement. It's quite amazing to be overwhelmed at some of these sights, then turn to realize that the person next to you is just as enthralled, if not more.

For me, personally, I was most fascinated with each city's sense of style. Milan's vibrant, well-tailored brilliance to Lyon's subtle trendiness and finally Paris's deep, rich, grunge infused "devil may care" attitude. Tre chic. It was a struggle, really, for those of us who like to dress for each occasion to keep up with the ever changing euro styles. The first day in Milan I remember seeing sharp man after sharp man walking the streets (or cycling) then looking at Ivvan and saying to each other "we need to go shopping". And just when I thought I figured out the the euro-fashion equation, we stroll into Paris only to find that our new Milano blazers were no match for their rock n roll leather jackets. Off to the shops we went again. I could go on for days but I'll spare you the pain and stick to one key lesson I learned. The world is ever expanding and sometimes you think you've made a place for yourself when really you can travel across the globe and find there's a perfect slot, tailored to you and waiting for you to find it.

I found mine, and I can't wait to fill it.

-Arturo Ramirez

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What's in your Purse?

Mesa Fashion Blogger: Lisa Washington

Everyone has those items that they just can’t be without.  I asked a few students in the fashion program what are those items and why. 

Maryiam, one of the fashion program students, said her Revlon eyeliner is a must have for her because you never know when you're going to need. The same is true of her cell phone.  Another student said she likes everything in small sizes so it can fit into her bag; M.A.C lip gloss, gum, perfume, cell phone, and ipod. 

Here, Cynthia shares with us what is in her bag.


Thursday, April 12, 2012

Jennifer Altomare

The trip was inspiration in several ways. I think the thing that gave me the most to think about in terms of fashion was the various forms of fabric production we were exposed to. Too often I made garments out of what's readily available rather than putting serious thought into what it should be made out of. If I had to pick one visit it would probably be our visit to Gandini where we got a glimpse of how a fabric can be altered to make several different looks and feels.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Josh Boranian

Even though I was half asleep (since we just arrived in Milan), I was very excited to go to Gandini fabrics. I had a small idea of how they influenced the world wide fashion business, but was blown away when our Gandini guide showed us the murals of all the haute fashion on the runway made with their fabrics. When the swatches were brought out, I was able to match some to recent collections. While the rest of the group was buying fabrics I was sitting with a few other students in a room discussing what we just learned when a superbly dressed older woman walked in with an assistant and rummaged through the swatches on the table. We sat and watched her in silence for a minute and I'm sure we all realized at the same moment that it was Mrs. Gandini. She looked up just then and immediately introduced herself and we took pictures and asked a few questions. I don't think I've met anybody that famous and influential and probably never will again.

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Student Impressions

Our Study Abroad trip is at end. We asked our students to take a moment and reflect on their impressions of the Fashion Field Studies (Study Abroad) class. Read on in this blog to see some of their comments.

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Louis Vuitton and Marc Jacobs exhibit: The Museum of Textiles and Fashion, Paris

The current exhibit at the Museum of Textiles and Fashion in Paris is the Louis Vuitton/Marc Jacobs exhibit. You could walk through the history of Vuitton, ranging from the early days of luggage design, to current accessories and garments of Marc Jacob.


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Paris: Rue du Faubourg St. Honore

In Paris, we spent a few hours on one of the main Fashion streets, Rue du Faubourg St. Honore.

Here we witnessed ateliers and boutiques of fashion designers from all parts of the world. Students looked with different eyes, dependent upon their majors and interests in the fashion field. Some looked at the window displays while others studied the clothing for their design and cut. How exciting it was to witness the global fashion world; on one long street.

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Visit to the Jean Paul Gaultier Boutique

We were fortunate to have the opportunity to visit and receive a guided tour of the Gaultier boutique which is located in a building known as Viviennes in Paris. The boutique manager, Lori, explained how clothing was merchandised within the store, and on the rack.

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Galleries Lafayette Fashion Show

Our days were packed with fashion. Here we are at the Galleries Lafayette, one of the largest department stores in Paris. We were able to watch a fashion show of current Spring 2012 fashions.

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Gobelin Tapestry Atelier: Paris

A visit to the Gobelin Tapestry Atelier in Paris was one of the highlights of our Paris visit. This weaving workshop has created tapestries, many of enormous scale for hundreds of years. We were led through the weaving rooms and allowed to watch artists work on pieces that would take multiple pieces four to five years to complete.

Here is an example of an historic tapestry.

And now, a modern one.

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Friday, April 6, 2012

La Musee de la Mode et Du Textile, Paris, France

Upon arrival to Paris, we visited the Museum of Fashion and of Textiles, which is part of the Louvre.
Here we are waiting to get in to see the Louis Vuitton/Marc Jacobs exhibit.

And a few images from the street by Vuitton's business.

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Location:Paris, France