Fabmo is a local organization that started by collecting fabric samples from the Interior Design businesses that were going to throw them out. They earned their 503b status in 2009, but have been around for a bit longer than that. They have since grown by leaps and bounds and now they divert about 70 tons […]

San Mateo
County Fair

While we were on summer recess, the Fashion Department was busy at the San Mateo County Fair. We were very pleased with the number of garments our students entered into the contests. We had several winners in both the Sustainable Living section and the Creative Home Arts section. Here are some images of the Fashion […]

Sustainable Fashion:
Current Student:
Michelle’s Take

Current student, Michelle Paganini is working towards three degrees from our department: Technical-Apparel Industry Oriented, Custom Dressmaking/Small Business, and Theater Costuming. Michelle’s path through our programs has made her impassioned about sustainability and sustainable practices. Please enjoy our interview below. Cañada Fashion Department (CFD): What are your long term fashion-related goals? Michelle Paganini (MP): Explore, […]

Discarded to Divine:
2014 Student Entries

Here are three of our current student’s entries into this year’s Discarded to Divine. Discarded to Divine is a charitable event showcasing the talents of professional and aspiring designers who transform discarded, donated clothing into one-of-a-kind couture creations and exquisite home décor which are auctioned to benefit those overcoming poverty, homelessness and domestic violence. Some […]

Sustainable Fashion:
Repurposing Garments

In addition to starting from scratch and buying new clothing, repurposing dated, stained, or otherwise unworn clothing is a great way to create new garments for your wardrobe. Many of our students have used the reverse applique technique from Alabama Chanin. This a great project to refashion old T shirts instructions can be found in […]

Sustainable Fashion:
Caring for Your Clothing

Our Department Chair, Ronda Chaney, has spent many years creating exquisite garments from wonderful materials. Here are some of her favorite laundry tips that keep her garments looking fresh and fabulous. Only wash garments if they are dirty. Just because a garment has been worn, does not make it dirty. If there is a stain, […]

Fashionable Things
We Have Found:
Sustainable Fashion Edition

Happy President’s Day holiday. There are so many avenues to explore when it comes to sustainable fashion. Here are a few of the articles we’ve found in our search. Hopefully they inform and inspire. Textile Mills in the US One US manufacturer’s point of view This article isn’t necessarily about sustainability. Perhaps there is no […]

Sustainable Fashion:
One Step You Can Take

We’ve already touched briefly on why sustainable fashion matters. In order to build a sustainable wardrobe, it helps to be aware of what you already have. In order to see what you currently have, we recommend cleaning out your closet. We’ve found it it best to remove everything from your closet  and start with a […]

Olympic Fashion

Have you been following the journey for this year’s US Olympic Opening Ceremony garments? After the public’s disappointment that United States Olympians’ garments were created in China for the 2012 Games, Ralph Lauren committed to making the garments in the US for the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games. Here is the story of the Imperial Stock […]

Sustainable Fashion:
Why It Matters

Sustainable fashion is important to the Cañada Fashion Department. Our current contest (open to students enrolled in the 2013-2014 school year) is based on reusing denim. Here are some Fast Facts about American’s fashion habits that we have compiled from the book, Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion by Elizabeth L. Cline. Americans […]