Laura Tran Takes Her Passion Online

Laura Tran just started taking fashion courses at Cañada, but she’s already making her mark in and outside of class. We asked Laura more about her and her business. Here’s what she had to say. Cañada fashion department (CFD): Tell us a little about your background. Laura Tran (LT): I’m a Bay Area local, born […]

Tri, Tri Again!

Septuagenarian student Ruthie Callahan is a master triathlete whose hard work pays off in fashion as well as athletics. We wanted to know more about Ruthie and her many accomplishments. Cañada Fashion Department (CFD): You’re a very accomplished athlete. Tell us about the triathlons you compete in. RC: I started at age 49 doing sprint […]

Student Launches Brand

The company and its founder are both shrouded in mystery. A clandestine interview with an anonymous entrepreneur is not how most of our blog posts start out. But this is not a typical student, who wants to be identified only as “Mason” for this article. Here’s what we learned from him. CFD: You started your […]

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 […]

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? […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]