San Diego History Center & San Diego Mesa College fashion program partner to bring
unique exhibition & event to Balboa Park this spring.
SAN DIEGO—Fashion-forward trends come alive this spring by looking back on 90 years of San Diego
fashion. On March 3, 2018, the History Center & Mesa College School of Fashion and
Design opened the exhibition Fashion Redux: 90 Years of Fashion at the History Center in Balboa Park.
The exhibition—free with Give Forward* admission—features historical garments from the History Center’s extensive textile collection
paired with garments inspired by history and created by Mesa College fashion students.
The exhibition also features a live fashion show in late April 2018.
“This is going to be a really fun and informative exhibition,” mentioned Susan Lezear,
fashion professor at Mesa College. “Our students are excited to have this kind of
exposure and are confident the visitors who see this exhibition will learn something
about the fabulous fashion trends that have characterized various eras in San Diego’s
past. They will also get an intimate, up-close experience by hearing the stories of
the students’ journey from concept to completion.”
The exhibition will include an interactive learning space giving visitors the chance
to become familiar with fashion techniques and fabrication. A live fashion demonstration
station will be activated by San Diego Mesa College students who will provide a glimpse
inside their creative process.
Programming surrounds the exhibition as well, with the premiere event, the Fashion Redux Grand Reveal, taking place on April 26, 2018 from 6:00 - 8:30pm. The evening features a chic reception, fashion show of student garments set inside
the spacious exhibition, a lecture by fashion expert, Susan Lazear, followed by the
announcement of the live voting for the coveted People’s Choice Award.
“The History Center’s costume collection includes garments from the late 18th century to the present,” said History Center curator Kaytie Johnson. “Many of the
pieces in the collection are singular in that they can be directly attributed to San
Diegans, and show lifestyles in San Diego over time.”
- WHAT – Fashion Redux: 90 Years of Fashion exhibition and fashion show
- WHEN – Exhibition runs March 3, 2018 – June 29, 2018;
Fashion Show is April 26, 2018 from 6:00 – 8:30pm.
- WHERE – The San Diego History Center in Balboa Park
- WHY – To showcase the work of talented, local students, exhibit historical garments from
one of the largest textile collections west of the Mississippi, and celebrate nine
decades of fashion in the History Center’s 90th year!
- INFORMATION and TICKETS– Visit org/exhibition/fashion-redux-2018/
ABOUT THE SAN DIEGO HISTORY CENTER
The San Diego History Center, a Smithsonian Affiliate, has been preserving our region’s history and making it available to the public since
1928. It operates its flagship museum in the heart of Balboa Park as well as the Junípero
Serra Museum in historic Presidio Park and tells the diverse stories from our region’s
past. The History Center is the steward of our heritage and the principal resource
for San Diego history. No other institution is solely devoted to preserving San Diego’s
collective history and enhancing community identity.
*Give Forward is the History Center's admission program. Visitors are invited into the museum free
of charge; and on their way out, asked them to value their experience in an optional
donation form to support the museum’s open-access ideology that no one should feel
restricted from accessing their own history. A voluntary donation helps keep that
For more information visit www.sandiegohistory.org or connect on social media: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter.
ABOUT THE SAN DIEGO MESA COLLEGE FASHION PROGRAM
The Fashion Program at San Diego Mesa College is the most comprehensive program in the region, offering
the best value education over other colleges. Students at Mesa receive a comprehensive
education which includes not only design, but fashion merchandising, computer technology,
illustration, tailoring, visual merchandising and fashion retail/sales. Mesa students
are exposed to all facets of the fashion industry and work closely with the business
entrepreneur program to maximize their opportunities upon graduation. Find them on
Facebook at www.facebook.com/sdmesafashion/
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