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Real-world Education Is Our Stock-in-Trade

Department faculty Ronda Chaney, Peggy Perruccio and Kathleen Lorist attended the June show of the Fashion Market Northern California. This highly respected trade show happens right in our backyard—at the San Mateo Event Center—making it very convenient for Cañada faculty and students to check out. There you can get an insider’s view into the business […]

Sarah Velichko: Calm, Cool & Reflective

Cañada alum is having a blast on the crew of Hamilton “Success occurs when opportunity meets preparation.” That well-known quote has been attributed to everyone from ancient Roman philosopher Seneca to professional auto racer Bobby Unser. While its origin is uncertain, it’s clear the saying applies to Sarah Velichko, a graduate of the Cañada College […]

5 Stars for 4R Fashion

On Saturday June 30, nearly 40 people gathered in the fashion department classroom to take part in the 4R Fashion workshop. In attendance were textile artists, professionals from the fashion industry and sustainability specialists. Several students interested in sustainable fashion also participated. The morning’s activities were broken into three parts: a presentation by our own […]

Capri or not Capri …

… there’s just no question. Our adventurous department head Ronda Chaney recently took a well-deserved jaunt over to the island of Capri, after teaching the Italian fashion course (see video here) in Florence for two weeks. And it got us thinking about the many connections between Capri and fashion. If these connections aren’t immediately leaping […]

Top 5 Reasons to Sew

Those of us who sew probably do it because we enjoy it. It turns out sewing has a lot of physical and mental health benefits as well, including: So whatever your reason, keep sewing! Your brain and body will thank you! Sources: https://www.allfreesewing.com/Reference-Information/Health-Benefits-of-Sewing https://www.mindfood.com/article/5-health-benefits-of-sewing/ http://www.sewingmakesmehappy.com/the-benefits-of-sewing-as-an-adult/

La Dolce Moda

When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that’s Armani! There’s just something about Italian style. A group of Cañada students are learning what’s behind that certain something right now as they study fashion first-hand in Florence. For those of us not lucky enough to be with them this week, here we […]

Resort Season Means Business!

Fashion Week in Milan is drawing to a close, after dozens of runway shows featuring Resort 2019 collections. But what is the Resort season anyway? According to Leandra Medine of Man Repeller, Resort collections are also sometimes called Cruise, Holiday or Pre-Spring, but they all take place “after fall clothes have gone on sale but […]

Sewing Tips from Our Resident Expert

Our fearless leader Ronda Chaney is unmatched in the field of fashion education, particularly when it comes to impeccable construction. She is co-author of the book Make It Your Own and has written for such publications as Sewing Update, Serger Update, Sew News, F.I.T. Review and Singer Sewing Books. She has also appeared on the nationally syndicated television program America Sews. Here she shares […]

Annual Spring Celebration!

Last Friday faculty, staff, family members and friends of the department all gathered to celebrate our students’ achievements. And what achievements they were—from degrees and certificates, to scholarships and contest prizes! The Cocktail Dress Challenge winners were finally revealed, after entries were carefully scrutinized by a panel of 32 judges. The judging panel consisted of Cañada […]