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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

Italian Guide Visits Cañada

It was all smiles and laughter last week when Costanza Menchi and Cañada students got together for a reunion celebration. Costanza, a fashion historian specializing in Italian fashion, has been our guide for the Study Abroad in Italy course the past three years. Costanza’s warm and engaging personality make her informative lectures and tours a true pleasure. […]

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 […]