Big smiles and animated conversation abounded last week at Cañada fashion department’s annual celebration tea. Students, friends and family all gathered to honor the students who completed certificates and degrees this spring, as well as those who were awarded scholarships. Most anticipated, however, was the news of this year’s design contest winners. A total of 31 students entered this year’s challenge, so competition was stiff!
The theme was the 1950s and 60s, and each contestant had a different interpretation of those striking eras in fashion. One student created a youthful and classic poodle skirt look, complete with neckerchief and “L” monogram. (If you know what the letter stands for, you are of a certain age, she noted.) Others headed more in the bombshell direction, making sexier looks similar to those worn by stars like Jayne Mansfield and Marilyn Monroe. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel series inspired another student designer. The coordinated fabrics were provided by an anonymous donor, which helped the looks complement one another, forming what almost looked like a spring collection suitable for Paris Fashion Week.
Some contestants used self-drafted patterns, others store-bought. A few broke out oldie-but-goodie patterns from their vintage collections. Techniques ranged from using the wrong side of fabrics to cutting them into strips and weaving them. One took a faux fur scarf she purchased at Target and turned it into cuffs for her Maria Callas-inspired gown.
All 31 entries impressed this year’s pool of judges—made up of faculty, staff, board members and others from in and outside the department. However, only four finalists could be chosen. After much drum-rolling and giddy anticipation, Ronda and Peggy announced the winners. They were:
Fourth Place: Chelsie Gho
Third Place: Linda Imlay
Second Place: Johanna Jay
First Place: William “Billy” Lash
Although some admitted being hesitant at first to take part in the competition, all were glad they competed and were proud of their accomplishments. One student declared, “I’m so glad I entered. It gave me so much more confidence in my skills!”
To say this year’s contest entries were good, great, or even fantastic would be an understatement. Our students’ work this year was absolutely superb! We are proud of each and every one of you!
What do you think about this year’s contest entries? Do you have a favorite? Please share in the comments.