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I had a mostly positive experience participating in the Gold Thimble fashion show. It was a semester long commitment that required garment(s) and patterns to be turned in every 2 weeks for the fashion show. The final culmination was the fashion show, held on December 7th at LATTC.  While I don’t feel it’s totally indicative of the work I’m capable of, as I’d love to incorporate more detailed hand-sewing into the designs, I do feel it reflects the overall feel of the styles I like to make.

My school

My school

Entrance to the tent

Entrance to the tent

Inside the tent

Inside the tent

I have a great family who are so supportive of everything I do. My parents drove all the way out from Colorado to see my fashion show, said “that’s my girl!” when I won, and celebrated afterwards (LA-style) at In-N-Out with me. I’m truly blessed. And I have great friends, attending the show or not, who are supportive of my endeavors

My awesome parents

My awesome parents

Great friends Michelle and Colleen who came out to support

Great friends Michelle and Colleen who came out to support

Me in front of our graffiti themed wall of 'Urban Art'

Me in front of our graffiti themed wall of ‘Urban Art’

It was a trip seeing the garments I made walk down the runway, all my models were beautiful and did me proud. You can view the pictures for the entire fashion show on Planet Speck, but here are my garments walking down the runway.

Swimsuit and Coverup
(My blogpost on this entry here)

I won 2nd place in this category!

Runway model Cary in swimsuit and coverup

Runway model Cary showing off swimsuit

Runway model Cary showing off swimsuit

Border Dress
(My blogpost on this entry here)

Runway model Alana wearing border dress

Runway model Alana wearing border dress

Runway model Alana wearing border dress

Runway model Alana wearing border dress

After Five Cocktail Dress
(My blogpost on this entry here)

Runway model Cary wearing After Five cocktail dress

Runway model Cary wearing After Five cocktail dress

Runway model Cary showing front of After Five cocktail dress

Runway model Cary showing front of After Five cocktail dress

Runway model Cary showing back of After Five cocktail dress

Runway model Cary showing back of After Five cocktail dress

Evening Dress
(My blogpost on this entry here)

Runway model Ana wearing evening dress

Runway model Ana wearing evening dress

As for my experience with the class, I’ve categorized it into the good, bad and the ugly….

The Good

    • My teacher Mr Alcala was a saint…he put in endless unpaid after-hours so that the students could continue working on their projects after class. He wrangled nearly 40 students all semester by himself (thanks to budget cuts) and kept his cool through most of it.
    • Menswear teacher Mr Torta opened up a classroom during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend so that students could have access to the tables and equipment before the final Monday deadline. He understood our need, even if he got in trouble for it.
    • My tablemates/our side of the room…nice, funny, and always entertaining.
    • My classmates…I had truly talented people in my midst, take a peek and see for yourself. After judging, we were told that we were told that our class was the most talented to come through, and I do believe it.
    • The introduction of the e-portfolio element into the criteria. In this age of technology, more potential employers are wanting to see an electronic copy of the work prior to meeting. What seemed daunting to put together on my own, is now accessible.
    • The exposure in using an Ipad and accompanying apps to prepare an e-portfolio adds another line item to the resume

The Bad

  • The outsourcing rule…in the last 3 weeks of the semester you’re allowed to get help or outsource elements of your work (as other design schools do).  While I didn’t outsource any of my work because I didn’t want to qualify what I did/didn’t do on my garments, let’s just say some had a very liberal interpretation of the rule. My feeling is that if we’re being judged on technical merits, shouldn’t I be judged student vs student rather than student vs professional?
  • The e-portfolio elements we were required to include in the final presentation were time consuming and largely irrelevant.  Time could have been better spent incorporating Polyvore, mood boards, creative inspiration etc rather than random pics of us sewing the garments, corrections, patterns, cutting muslin, etc
  • It’s frustrating to see the parents of some of these talented kids not show up to the show, and the lack of promotion of the school’s fashion show in the industry (like to Apparel News) despite the fact that LATTC grads tend to be more well thought of by people in the industry than grads from design schools down the road.
  • I actually showed my menswear, but I’m not really happy with it. I wanted to do a certain treatment to the garments but ran out of time, I had to alter one garment piece a great deal, and they switched the shirt/pant lineup between the two models which wasn’t the look I wanted, so I left it out of the blogpost.

The Ugly

  • Drama, drama, drama…the semester was pretty even keel until the last couple weeks, and then dresses went aflyin’…one girl had a full-on meltdown toward the end and pretty much slashed and burned through much of the goodwill/networking contacts of the Dean, teacher and fellow students with her on-going antics – i.e. screaming, cursing, shoving, evening gown flying, stealing (i.e. my assigned dress form the week before the deadline), shouting her dress was better than all the other entries – over an evening dress she missed submitted before deadline and to which she majorly outsourced to a professional. I mean…you can’t make this stuff up!
  • While the fashion show for the front of the house was pretty tight, behind the scenes was chaos and a lack of accountability – garments had to repaired (not just altered) after fittings, unnecessary drama surrounded anyone who found their own models, garment pieces were stolen after the show, items such as jewelery brought in and used for styling disappeared, etc. I chose the minimal input route, and while it’s not truly reflective of what I’d show on my own, I got to keep my temper and sanity.