Ramses Alfaro Mendoza’s design won the Most Transformable Award. ALL PHOTOS BY NATASHA SACHI
Eli Andrade’s design won Most Wearable.
Melanie Ngo’s design won Most Innovative and the People’s Choice Award.
San Diego Mesa College and San Diego History Center collaborated for the 10th Fashion Redux 2021 on April 16. This year they presented a virtual event featuring the top four designs from the draping class at Mesa College.
The theme for this exciting event was “uniforms,” which make up an important part of the History Center’s collection especially with the military presence in San Diego. The students viewed four uniforms hand-picked by the collection specialists at the History Center’s historic clothing collection. The students came up with a brand-new contemporary design inspired by these Uniforms.
The evening began with Sheila Thomas as the emcee from the History Center. She said there will be a version of the exhibit that may be viewed by going to the History’s Center website. This digital showcase will feature the four uniforms from the History Center and the four winning designs from the students.
Thomas introduced assistant fashion professor, Jordyn Smiley who gave a wonderful presentation on the history of uniforms. Smiley talked about the many designers that created fashions inspired by uniforms. Some of the examples given were Jean Paul Gaultier and Sacai inspired by military uniforms, Dior and Gucci inspired by school uniforms, and Moschino, Max Mara, Miu Miu, and Tommy Jeans inspired by fast food and sports.
Stella McCartney designed the British uniforms for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games and Howard Greer, Dior, and Zac Posen created fashions inspired by airline uniforms.
Collection specialist Lelani Alontage Caithness gave detailed information about the four uniforms used this year for Fashion Redux. Jeremy Prince, collection specialist gave the good news that the exhibit will be able to be viewed in person at the History Center in mid-June and through the summer.
Viewers were able to ask questions of this year’s winners. Awards were given: Best Design Translation to Yewon Shin, the Most Innovative Design to Melanie Ngo, the Most Wearable to Eli Andrade, and the Most Transformable Design to Ramses Alfaro Mendoza.
All the viewers were able to vote for their favorite designer and the People’s Choice Award went to Ngo. The designers will receive a one-year membership to the History Center and a gift certificate to Sewing Machines Plus. To view this exhibit, go to sandiegohistory.org. For more information about the two-year fashion program at San Diego Mesa College, visit sdmesa.edu/academics/academic-programs/fashion.shtml.
May 21 – 40th annual Golden Scissors Fashion Show and Awards. More information forthcoming @sdmesafashion.
May 22 – Ugochi Iwuaba Charity Runway at The Inn, Rancho Santa Fe from 4-6 p.m. Donations will go to R. Roger’s School for classes with children with disabilities. For more information, visit https://bit.ly/2RVgU7P.
May 23 – Bridal Bazaar-Bridal Expo and Wedding Expo from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Free advance tickets at BridalBazaar.com.
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