On Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017 Mesa College hosted the Fashion Design and Discovery Showcase
– Meet the Designers. The group of advanced fashion students initially presented their
finished garments at the Fashion Showcase hosted by the Salk Institute for Biological
Studies on Oct. 4, 2017.
Hosting the event on campus gave students and faculty an opportunity to see the gowns
in person and to spark interest in learning about collaborative projects between disciplines
Tammie Pontsler, designer of “Sweet Lizzie” gown, shared about the process of ice
dyeing; it’s similar to tie dyeing because of how the dye delivers the pattern onto
the fabric due to the presence of the ice during the process – each panel of fabric
resulted as a uniquely patterned piece for the garment’s skirt. Where some designers
had large concepts for the overall garment, some students focused on the smaller details.
Lina Mills, designer of “Precious Germs” gown, stated, “Each strand of beads on the
bodice took over 10 minutes to make.”
This project required a great deal of preparation because of the decision making process
about which materials to use, how to construct the fabrics to acquire the desired
look, and the troubleshooting involved to make the garment look the way it had originally
been envisioned. Christiann Moore, designer of “Midnight Stars” gown, disclosed it
took almost two months to decide on the right material because of the texture she
wanted, but also to figure out how to bring the different components of the garment
To learn more about the Fashion Program please contact Professor of Fashion, Susan
Lazear at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit Mesa’s Fashion Program page.
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