This weekend, it’s about the fashion.
It’s the 38th Biennial Fashion Show at Long Beach City College this Saturday, and the event is expected to be a little mad — the theme, that is.
Student designers will be showcasing their wardrobes fitting the theme “The Wonderland: Mad Fashion Show,” and thanks to a team of student production crew and talent, the show is expected to be something wonderous.
Students are what makes the show something successful, according to Pamela Knights, staff director for the event and fashion design and merchandising program director at LBCC.
“A group of students decides how the event is going to happen and then they do the work to get it set up,” Knights said. “The look and the style (of the event) is the result of their vision.”
Even the theme was envisioned by fashion merchandising student and event creative director, Asmah Guyot.
“Asmah came up with the theme and also took the lead with the art direction,” Knight added. “On top of that she was named the project’s creative director, so she had a say in the process from start to finish.”
Knights added that apart from her guidance, the students were in charge of organizing just about everything. That includes the dress designs, advertisement materials, press releases and social media campaigns.
High school fashion students also will have a chance to shine at the show.
Students from Millikan and Renaissance high schools will have pieces featured on the runway.
“We call them the ‘next generation students,” Knights said. “It’s an opportunity for them to get a sample of the fashion programs beyond high school.”
Now, the weekend is finally here and the students’ work will be put to the test.
In addition to the show and the scale of the production work, the event is an opportunity for the LBCC students to receive scholarships that help them continue their fashion schooling. Scholarships will be awarded to winning students in each event category.
Student designers include Becky Annella, Raelene Cota, Kimberly Ortiz, Tavauna Clark, Roman Ibarra, Christian Nowowiejski, Racquel Roman, Asmah Guyot, Cassie Klintworth, Diedre Hernandez and Carina Espitia.
In addition to the designers, the student production team includes Asmah Guyot, Becky Annella, Pam Kossek, Iris Chang, Haley Dellis, Jay Gomez, Anthony Reyes, Joanna Rudolph, Marissa Dueitt, Ruth Perez, Analiz Gutierrez, Natsumi Yukimura, Alyssa Hendershot, Monique Hernandez, Estefanny Olivia, Sheneake Wilson, Stephanie Estrada, Marcus Harris and Karen Fuentes, Also, there are Diaz, Tony Navarrete, Priscilla Garibay and Cindy Monge.
The Wonderland: Mad Fashion Show is happening at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 26, at the Hall of Champions Gymnasium, Building R, at the Liberal Arts Campus at LBCC, 3932 Faculty Ave.
Tickets for the show are $15 online before the event and $20 at the door. Go to the-wonderland.eventbrite.com.
The VIP reception has sold out, but Knights added that for those who did purchase tickets, the pre-show will be a “Mad Hatter” themed tea party where guests can mingle and meet a queen or two.