Welcome to my Friday Fashion episode.
How do you motivate aspiring fashion designers to create originality? Give them a bag of mixed fabrics, tell them nothing of what’s in the bag and wait to see what they create. That is what I saw last weekend at the local Cañada Community College in the Fashion Department. Students created some interesting clothing with that mystery bag showing their knowledge in history of costume projected in new shapes of modern lines.
The highlight of the presentation was Angela Lan a 14-year-old girl who is already an author of her published book titled #OOTD Sew and Style (OOTD stands for Outfit Of The Day). She modeled for all the photos in her book and included six outfit patterns ready to copy. She wrote this book for the teenager population who wants to learn how to sew.
Sewing art is resurging again, just like most crafts and handicrafts. In a world of corporations, mass production and uniform look, it is a breath of fresh air to see youngsters taking interest in manual work.
I am hoping, they will find value in making unique clothes to spread originality and push them to become their own style and not the anonymous shades they are now in the sea of people who look just the same in all four corners of the world.
(Photos taken at Cañada Community College by Valentina Cirasola)
Next speaker was the owner of Britex the biggest fabric store in San Francisco founded in 1952 by her father who emigrated from Poland with the family. Sharman Spector presented her store as one of the few remaining family owned businesses in the city, where every piece of fabric ordered goes through her personal scrutiny, tasted, evaluated and examined before going on the shelves. Her favorite country to shop for fabric is Italy, she said, I had no doubt about that.
I am one big fan of Britex, there I can find fabrics from all over the world for fashion and interiors.
My pleasure at the end of the presentation was to visit local artists in their kiosks. Oh my, so much to buy……. everyone showed interesting pieces of their wearable art, really out of this world.
I do admire artists who can work on metals and come up with something as soft as rose and it is still a metal.
At 7 Hands Design I found a choker to take home with me.
The fashion field is so beautiful, rewarding, creative and so strongly competitive. Welcome new fresh minds, welcome to the world of expressing art through body and clothes. Ciao,
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Valentina Cirasola is a trained Fashion and Interior Designer, born in Italy in a family of artists. Style surrounded her since the beginning of her life. Her many years of experience led her to offer consultations in both specializations and now she can remodel homes as well as personal images. She is passionate about colors and encourages her clients to express their individual style in their homes and with the clothes they wear. To better help people all over the world she offers consultations online. She is the author of three books. Get your copy of Valentina’s book on the subject of colors: ©RED-A Voyage Into Colors on