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Designer Techniques: The Next Level of Sewing

The fashion department at Cañada offers classes for all skill levels, including Beginning Construction. For more advanced students who are ready to adapt existing designs and make them their own, we offer Designer Techniques—a class taught by our in-house expert Ronda Chaney, guest speakers and the students themselves! Each week one or two students present […]

Workshop Nurtures Creativity

Creativity can be an elusive thing, yet it’s something we in fashion need to call on frequently. In the Designer Techniques class, for example, students are asked to go beyond what a pattern calls for and add their own clever touches. But what can you do when the ideas just aren’t there? Earlier this week […]

Italian Fashion Quiz

How well do you know Italian fashion design? Test your IQ (Italian fashion Quotient) below! What Italian designer is known for his use of bold reds? For what major Italian fashion house is Allesandro Michele currently the Creative Director? What 1980s TV show featured men’s clothing by Giorgio Armani? Pitti Uomo is a) a famous […]

Halloween Costume Countdown

‘Twas the night before Halloween and through the whole school, the students were asking, “A witch or a ghoul?” For the minutes were ticking, the parties still pending, the costumes not done yet, the options ne’er ending! Sound scary? And a little too familiar? Don’t worry! With your creativity and sewing skills, 24 hours is […]

Angela Lan Models Girl Power at Festival

The last time we checked in with Cañada fashion student Angela Lan was in early 2017, when her book #OOTD had just come out. The book features her designs, tailor-made for teens with style, including full-size patterns! Since then Angela has continued to promote her book through her blog and a long list of speaking engagements. […]

All that Glitters

Metallics shine on spring 2019 runways Is silver a color? How about gold or copper? According to Pantone, a company and color-matching system used across industries, there are 200 metallic colors. Pantone just released their Metallic Shimmers collection, which includes lustrous shades you are sure to see next spring in clothing, footwear, housewares, even electronics. […]

Pants Problems? Pshaw!

Pattern-designer Peggy Sagers may put her pants on one leg at a time, like the rest of us, but hers are likely to fit better. Founder of Silhouette Patterns, Peggy traveled all the way from Texas to give a pants-fitting presentation to dozens of eager Artistry in Fashion attendees … twice! Peggy’s magic formula is […]

Alumna Returns after Distinguished Career Abroad

Alison “Ali” Rasch started in the Cañada College fashion department in 1999—nearly 20 years ago. At the time she was a senior at Menlo-Atherton High School “ready to go to college.” She was interested in fashion design and managed to take courses at Cañada part-time while completing her high school diploma. Ali remembers taking Beginning Clothing […]

Artistry in Fashion—Designer Spotlight

You will find dozens of incredible designers exhibiting at our Artistry in Fashion event on Saturday, September 29th. (That’s just over a week away!). Here we spotlight just a few who have something in common. Can you figure out what it is? Lenore Collection Lenore Collection makes eco-friendly, hand-woven and hand-crocheted products. Known best for their handbags, […]