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Student Combines Art & Fashion

Artist and educator Charlotte Kruk has been a student in the Cañada fashion department for only a short time, but her enthusiasm and creativity are already being noticed. Charlotte’s background is as a fine artist. She studied sculpture, metalsmithing and jewelry-making at San Jose State University. No fashion or textiles classes were offered, as she […]

Student’s Life Takes Dramatic Turn …

… and she’s loving it! We sat down with student Nika Cassaro this week to hear about her work on Pocket Opera’s production of Elixir of Love by Gaetano Donizetti. Cañada Fashion Department (CFD):    Tell me about Elixir of Love. NC:      The plot’s very simple. Nemorino is in love with Adina. He is poor and […]

Farewell, Karl Lagerfeld

A pictorial tribute to his career and impact By now you’ve heard about the passing of fashion mega-designer Karl Lagerfeld, and many have already honored him in the press. Here is our favorite piece about Lagerfeld’s career, along with our own homage (below) to the fearless designer. These “before and after” images demonstrate the immense impact he had […]

Alumnae Start Pattern Company

A Q&A with Fig & Needle Founders, Ping Mathre and Sandra Helsley Cañada Fashion Department (CFD): How did you two meet? PM: We met at Cañada in Ronda’s Beginning Flat Pattern class. SH: We always sat at the table in the front and did homework together after class. CFD: Had either of you made patterns before? […]

King of Crafty Couture Comes to Cañada

Fashion designer Kenneth King has made his mark by being 100% original and by bringing both drama and craftsmanship to his work. King has made a living plying his craft since college and shows no signs of letting up on that sewing machine pedal anytime soon. “[My] pieces have a stylistic unity because of the […]

What Is It about the Sapporo Coat?!

A funny thing happened a few weeks ago: At least a third of our Tailoring students showed the Sapporo Coat by Papercut Patterns as their final project. What is it about this coat? The Sapporo’s cocoon silhouette with diagonal seaming flatters any figure, and it can be made for cold or warm seasons, depending on […]

Hope for NY’s Garment District?

If you could travel back 80 or even 50 years, nearly everything you’d be wearing would have come from New York’s Garment District. At that time hundreds of businesses and tens of thousands of workers were jammed into just a few square blocks of Manhattan, pumping steam out the windows from the heavy-duty pressing machinery. […]

TA-DA! Tailoring Students Present Final Projects

Smiles and laughter were in plentiful supply yesterday as students in the Tailoring classes (beginning and advanced) gave their final presentations. Students must show a completed jacket or coat that fits them perfectly and has a lining. Their projects frequently take all semester and sometimes 100 or more hours to complete, but the results are […]