Fashion Moves Forward at Pima College

I had the honor of being a guest judge for the Pima West Campus 11th Annual Spring Fashion Show. Student designs were submitted for the big show put on by the Fashion and Design Department at West Campus. I was invited by Pima instructor and owner of Ragtime Designs, Rachel Johnson, and Lead Faculty Nancy Spaulding to view and help judge the designs. It was so cool! I joined judges Lori Acker, of Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising of Los Angeles, and Vicky Lofgren, owner of Connecting Threads Sewing Studio in Tucson. The designs were judged on the categories of pattern fitting, tailoring, construction, and most creative. My favorite was a light blue tank dress with a mermaid print ready for summer. I learned so much from this experience!

Two days after guest judging, it was time for the big show at the Proscenium Theatre on campus. The show was called, “A Runway Journey Through the 20th Century.” I had a VIP pass to go backstage and see what goes on to get ready for a show like this. Johnson guided me through the process. The hair and makeup session is first for the models. Supercuts was on hand to style their hair. Several makeup artists like Vanessa Haas were busy, too. She has done events and weddings for 14 years and made the models look flawless. The students fitted their models and it was time for a run-through to make sure they hit their mark on the catwalk and that the music and lighting were just right. I got to preview the show before the actual time. Everything came together and looked amazing! I went backstage to see the models line up for the last time and wished them good luck.

The fashion show was a success and a blast! The designs represented the early 1900’s to 2000 but with a fashionista flair. Flapper outfits from the 20’s were fun; loose flowy blouses and pants from the 70’s were out of sight; 80’s wear was Madonna inspired with bustiers; the 90’s look included a cool punky Scottish kilt, and the 2000’s flowed with beautiful red carpet style gowns. I saw all the fashions from the judging and they all looked beautiful!

Look out for names like Raks, ChaosInDenim, NAM, and Palm Free. The brand QMULATIVE, by former student Quinlan Wilhite, is one of my favorites and known for the cool Arizona shaped pocket T-shirts. I met him at 2016 Tucson Fashion Week and he remembered me! The Event and Planning class did a great job organizing the event, led by Yekatheria Bruner. Taking the sewing and fashion summer camps at Pima for Kids opened up a whole new world for me. Fashion world, that is.

For more information, contact Pima for Kids Summer Camp at 206-6444, Rachel Johnson at Ragtime Designs 971-4509, or Vicky Lofgren at Connecting Threads 206-9820.

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