One of the things that makes the fashion program at Cañada so notable is the fact that the faculty actively track the industry. What better place to do so than in New York and what better time than during Fashion Week?

Ruffles, ruffles everywhere! One of the many trends Ronda and Christine noticed in NYC.

That’s where head of the department Ronda Chaney and former fashion student Christine Groom headed a few weeks ago, in the midst of the frantic activity of the fall/winter show season.

Highlights included exploring the garment district, attending several shows of emerging designers from around the world and, of course, hitting the fabric stores. (Yes, they made sure they visited Mood and they did meet the ultimate fashion celebrity: Swatch!) They also took in several exhibits including two at FIT (Black Fashion Designers and Paris Refashioned) and one called Scraps at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. Scraps featured the work of three designers who are exploring textile waste reduction and, at the same time, helping to preserve local craft traditions.

Here’s a bit of what these two Cañada ladies saw in America’s greatest fashion center:

The walls at Ralph Lauren were covered floor-to-ceiling with white orchids. And “every blossom was exquisite,” Ronda marveled. She and Christine received the royal treatment from the team there.


Metallic gold was clearly this season’s featured color at Ralph Lauren.
Some of the 40-50-year old looks featured in the Paris Refashioned exhibit were so contemporary-looking; they wouldn’t surprise if seen on a runway today.
Ronda was particularly impressed by The Museum at FIT’s Paris Refashioned 1957-1968 exhibit. “It was so well put together,” she noted.

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  • So glad you could come to NY and we could meet for lunch. Looks like you had a great time and learned so much. You can see why “we love NY” Looking forward to your visit here in Delaware in July. Your friend since 3rd grade – Carol Harvey

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