Future fashionistas on the runway to fame
by Gene Beley, CVBT Correspondent
May 22, 2017
• Delta College show caps unique educational experience
• “What they walk away with is a true and real experience they can add to their portfolios”
• This story was originally published on May 15; it is republished here due to a transmission error
Christopher Guptil, dean of fine arts for San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, calls the college’s fashion show, “Stockton’s action event of the year.”
“What makes it really amazing is it is showcasing the work of both our fashion design students as well as our culinary arts students who prepared all the food spread out” at the VIP reception,” he said.
Leslie Asfour, San Joaquin Delta College’s independent retail consultant, calls it a “capstone event” where students go through the process in class and learn all the skills and the fashion show puts them to the test in a public forum. “Everything they’ve learned culminates into this one evening that really showcases their talent, creativity and aesthetics. And for these students, it is a validation of what they do.”
She said many of the students in other two-year programs at community colleges would never get this opportunity. “But at a four-year college, this is what they would get. I think it is very important for many who will never transfer to a four-year school. And to say they came from Delta, that’s really great,” she said.
Fashion student Anna Maravilla said the show was her first time presenting her collection. Before the show she said she was “nervous but excited.” She said she had been up since 6 a.m. because they all had to be at school early to be on Good Day Sacramento, KOVR’s TV show with the host that was their MC for the fashion show that night. “This is an event that shows people what you can do with your creativity, and what potential you have,” she said. “The event pushed me to the next level and prepares one for the real design work.”
Ms. Asfour said she worked with small classes this year after budget cuts reduced enrollment in the advanced classes. This year she had two classes involved – a collection design class and a fashion event production class. “Normally, I’d have 15 or more students in event production and between 12-15 in collections,” she said.
Ms. Asfour added that donations were also down this year but thanked her last minute sponsors and those people who bought tickets to offset costs. They also held a “Nearly New Sale” that covered about one-third of the costs, she said. Sponsors included Caterpillar Tractor, which provides the building space where they train Caterpillar mechanics. Others included Somera Law, Gary Long Jewelers, Pepsi, SJDC Culinary Arts-Baking & Pastry Programs, Three Little Birds Cakes & Cookies, Michael David Wines, Sygma Network, Clourpop, Bally, Hugo Boss, Visit Stockton, Goodstock Productions, Artesian Health Foods, and others.
The fashion department took out a lot of ads in the Stockton Record newspaper and paid full price for those ads from their fund raising efforts. Events students develop all the marketing materials and media kits, Ms. Asfour said, and then solicit the sponsorships, arrange the VIP reception and layout of the show, and even find vendors to provide lighting and sound. “What they walk away with is a true and real experience they can add to their portfolios. These courses are equivalent to the four year university capstone courses,” she said.
By the time the May 5 event with its live runway show was over, it had showcased the work of ten designers, each with an original collection, shown off by about 80 models.
Future Fashionistas Promenade their new collections at Delta College Fashion Show from Gene Beley on Vimeo.