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? […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
The Gondoliers a big hit, including costumes by Cañada professor and alumna!
Former student Christine Groom describes her journey to starting her own pattern company.
Anyone who has sewn has probably used a flat pattern. You choose a design you like from a pattern book at the fabric store, lay it out on your fabric, cut and sew. But what if you want to create your own design and be able to make something wearable—or, even more challenging, make it […]
Kelly’s love of thrifting has taken her career down a fun and fascinating path she never expected.
Annette Shankar found a great internship at Janet Ghilarducci’s couture dressmaking shop, which turned into a dream job!