Saddleback students to hold fashion show

Students of Saddleback’s special events coordination and promotion course prepare for their spring fashion show, which will be held Friday May 9 at 7 p.m. at the McKinney Theatre.

The name of the fashion show is Botanique, meaning botanical in French. The show features bright colors in addition to many flowers, fresh and fake, to coincide with the botanical theme.

“I’m trying to make this a campus wide event,” said Diane McGroarty who is the instructor for the class.

Appetizers will be provided by students in the college’s culinary program and the show will be recorded by students from the film department. Hair and make-up will also be provided by cosmetology students.

Students have spent this semester in McGroatry’s class learning how to coordinate and direct special events in the fashion industry and in particular, a fashion show. This year will mark the third fashion show presented by the spring semester fashion and special events class.

“This fashion show is going to be very different from previous shows,” said Juan Zepeda, 18, business. “It’s going to be filled with many unique fashions.”

Different categories of clothing will be presented, including a fantasy category.

The requirement for the fantasy category is that the clothing be made of any material other than a textile. It will feature innovative clothing such as a dress made of soda cans.

A portion of the clothes that will be featured are original designs by Saddleback students and the other garments will be borrowed from four local boutiques.

The fashion show will provide an opportunity for student designers to gain exposure and who want to work in the fashion industry.

One such student is Joany Hernandez, 48, fashion, who created multiple garments for the fashion show.

“I started out just wanting to build up my sewing skills,” Hernandez said. “But with my teacher’s encouragement and the skills I learned, I feel like I could actually have this become a business for me.”

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