La Mode Du Cirque mix of fashion and fantasy

A model shows off one of the dresses on the catwalk at the fashion show. (Courtney Johnson)

Courtney Johnson

La Mode Du Cirque, the spring Saddleback College fashion showcase, brought students’ talent to the McKinney Theatre on Thursday, May 7. The fashion show’s theme was the idea of fantasy and vintage circus mixed together.

Models showcased the student’s hard work created throughout the semester. Each item of clothing was unique and fell into different categories during the sold-out show.

The show opened with corsets, garments that focused on detail and structure. Other design categories were couture, ready to wear, dye processing, and fantasy. The fantasy category was garments constructed by materials that were not fabric, including trash bags and other interesting items. The models then ended the show with Design for a Cause and Best in Show that featured non-profit organizations to benefit causes and over-the-top designs.

The special events class made the fashion show possible.

“The special events class did promotions, designed the stage, collected models, put the looks together, and made a merchandising team,” said Morgan Geross, 22, communications.

The stage designed had circus animal cutouts with other vintage designs and fast-paced music.

Many vendors and sponsors contributed to the show as well, setting up outside the theatre. Sponsors helped with the silent auction items including gift baskets with themes such as a Baseball Basket with Angel’s tickets and a Movie Night Basket with Regal Cinemas tickets.

Free food, creative designs, and music helped increase the popularity of the show. The vendors were designers of their own hoping to catch the eye of hip college students. One vendor was Human Covers clothing.

“Human Covers is basically invented for club wear and dancing because it is comfortable and lightweight, but can also be everyday wear,” said Evan Pinto. “Being involved in fashion in the community with multiple genres of the other vendors allows me to communicate with them about what is happening in the fashion industry.”

Pinto added that anyone interested in seeing more of the designs can visit their Web site at They can also be found on

La Mode Du Cirque was a night of displaying hard work, and the collaborative ideas of many fashion designers in our community.

More photos from the show are available at the Saddleback College Fashion Web site/blog.

Evan Pinto sells his Human Covers T-shirts. (Courtney Johnson)