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My First Fashion Show

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015


“You might not remember me, but I’m the college administrator who helped get you registered last year. I was just so excited to see you signing up for a class that you were so excited about. I’m the one who took your picture for your photo id. Anyway, I loved seeing you in the show tonight. Your designs were great. Congratulations! Keep it up!”

“Hi, I’m the owner of (store). Have you heard of me? I really enjoyed watching you in the show tonight and I loved your designs. Please come to (store) sometime, as I’d love to have you as an intern. We could have so much fun together.”

These were just a couple of the super fun comments that I received this past Friday night at my first ever showing in a fashion show! As a Pima Community College student in the most basic construction class, I had two outfits showing in the 8th Annual Spring Fashion Show. The theme this year was “Around the World” and all designs had to fit into a city category of either London, Paris, Milan, or Tokyo. Students from a local high school were invited to show designs representing New York City.

The first thing that I had to show was my actual class project. I wasn’t overly thrilled with this at first, as the required project was 100% cotton (which I never use) pajama pants (which I never make). Luckily for me, so long as the basic design used a required pattern (which I also seldom use, as I prefer figuring out how things are put together on my own–like a 3D puzzle), I was allowed to embellish it in anyway that I wanted. So, I did! I added a reversible sewn-in skirt, which I reversed on the runway. I also made the shirt that I wore with the pants (stretch materials!). Very coincidentally, as I’d purchased the fabric before hearing what the city categories were, I had an Eiffel Tower print and this outfit fit into the Paris category. I won first place for the pants in my class category!

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The second outfit that I showed was inspired by the amazing pale pink cherry blossoms in Tokyo, Japan. This design is all me, as it was very dance-able and made of stretch materials. I wore my lucky Peach Carr faux-pearl earrings (that I received at last year’s Tucson Fashion Week) for good luck.

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It was a huge treat for me to have the stylists at Aveda salon do my hair and makeup for the show. Since I was representing two cities, they did a hybrid Paris-Tokyo look for me. I’m happy with the result.

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Of course, I made my Mom’s outfit, Dad’s tie (made from a material that I designed and had printed from Spoonflower myself from a saguaro that I photographed in my yard), and sister’s outfit for them each to wear to watch the show, too. You might recognize Zoe’s outfit from previous outings; she’s a hard one to dress as she only likes “plain” clothing and so she keeps wearing this outfit that I made her quite some time ago.

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Here are actual runway photos. I cannot wait until my next show. Yes, I’ve already made several new outfits since Friday (it’s only Monday now as I write this). It was just such an inspiring day!

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