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?
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: