Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Saddleback Annual Fashion Show 2014

Hello Fashion Friends,

Please save the date: Thursday May 1, 2014 for Saddleback’s Annual Fashion Show!
I have attached a flyer with more details!

If any of you or your students would like to volunteer please let me know! (models, dressers, set-up, etc.)

The Fashion students always do an amazing job of producing this event!
Culinary students prepare and pass the appetizers, Cosmetology students style the hair and makeup and Film students create the DVD!

Hope you can make it to the show!


Diane McGroarty
Professor Fashion Merchandising
Saddleback College
28000 Marguerite Parkway
Mission Viejo, Ca. 92692

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

New York Trip - Summer 2014

Hello Fashion students,
Please attend the New York Meeting this Thursday 1/30 @ 4:00pm. in BGS 119 if you are interested in going to New York this June!
It is an unbelievable trip and amazing behind the New York fashion scene opportunity!
Come here all the details, and meet some new fashion friends!
See you all there!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Become Diane von Furstenberg's Brand Ambassador!

Diane von Furstenberg is set to get into the fashion reality TV game. And while we think it’s safe to say there are way too many fashion reality TV shows on the air at this point, von Furstenberg’s new venture sounds a little different.
Instead of trying to find the next big designer or model, von Furstenberg is looking to fill the all-important role of a “brand ambassador” in her “transformational docu-series for the millennial fashionista,” as described by a casting flyer that landed in our inbox yesterday.
Indeed, a “brand ambassador” is certainly a millennial career. And one that, we’ll admit, we have no idea how to get, unless you’re already a celebrity or an It Girl. Here’s what the show is looking for: They’ve put out a call for “all smart and driven fashionistas who appear to be 20-25 and are interested in learning the ins and outs of the fashion industry from one of America’s most legendary fashion icons.” Nope, you don’t have to actually be 20-25. You just have to look like you are.
Details are scarce at this point, but the casting producer told us the show, which is currently being referred to as the “DVF DocuSeries,” will air on a “major cable network.” It’s being produced by Electus, the same company that does Fashion Star and Mob Wives. They plan to shoot for 6 to 8 weeks in the spring of next year. Contestants on the show will be “trained as brand ambassadors” and compensated. Applicants must be interested in fashion, but there are no requirements in terms of education or work experience.
Like all reality TV shows, this could turn out really good — see Kell On Earth and Project Runway in the beginning — or really bad, like Fashion Star was…always. We love von Furstenberg, and are hoping for the best. Plus, we just genuinely want to know what a brand ambassador does.
Interested in the gig? See the flyer below for details on how to apply.

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

OC Weekly - Fashion Opportunity
From Visual Art, Fashion/Design, Performing Arts, Film/Media, Apps, Culinary, and Other, OC Weekly wants you to submit your artwork for a chance to be one of the 10 featured artists at our 2nd Annual Artopia 2014. The top 35 nominees will be hand selected by OC Weekly and voting will be open to the public to determine the top 10 finalists! Have your artwork featured in front of hundreds of attendees! 

Be a part of The Creatives HERE:

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Angels for the Arts Scholarship

This is the Angels for the Arts 2014 Student Scholarship Application Form. Forms are also available online at and in our division offices - FA304 and FA124.

NEW This year! Early bird submission deadlines: Students can now submit their completed applications (must include letters of recommendations) beginning February 7th for extra points. Please have them see the form for further details.

Final deadline to submit all completed applications (must include letters of recommendations) is Friday, March 7th.

Any questions, please contact Amy Hunter, Angels for the Arts assistant at or 949-582-4412.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Corset Exhibition in Irvine
FIDM Gallery Orange County, 17590 Gillette Ave., Irvine, will present a new show on the history of corsets through June 14. “Bound to Impress: Corsets from The Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collection” focuses on some of the most contorted curves in the garment’s history, focusing on those created between 1760 and 1820. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and is free to the public, but an appointment is required. Information and appointments: Jim Nemmert at (949) 851-6200 or

Thursday, November 21, 2013

LA Fashion Week Experience - by Gabriela Peregrina

Hello everyone! I am Gabriela Peregrina a current Saddleback fashion student. An incredible production company that I have been happily interning with since 2011 is Project Ethos, this company stands out from any other one because their main goal is to support and showcase upcoming designers, musicians and artists which they do through their wonderful events and their official website. On October 15, 2013 I worked my fifth event with them as a production intern, this year their big LA fashion week event was hosted at the Avalon in Hollywood. During this event I was in charge of checking in all of the models, the musicians, designers, the makeup team, media and everyone that was part of our Project Ethos team. I was in charge of getting all of our models to meet up with their assigned designers for their fittings. I also helped getting all of the models lined up for the run through as well as for the actual event. I helped assign the dressers their duties for the show, I introduced them to their assigned designers, and helped overlook their tasks during the fashion show. I also helped overlook the run through and made sure all of the designers knew their assigned time. I even helped set up stools on the runway during the show for a unique hair showcase by Sebastian Professional who also sponsored our event. This event reminded me why I love the fashion industry so much and why I am pursuing a career in it as a production director.
Here are some photographs from the event:
Top Left: Makeup and Hair team getting our models all dolled up for the event.
Top Right: Some of my favorite art pieces that were later displayed in our gallery.
Bottom Left: The runway almost ready for show time!
Bottom Right: Models and Designers getting all the clothes ready for the show.

Two of my favorite production interns at our event’s red carpet.

                Me at my favorite location, the Sprinkles cupcake table.

                         Some of my favorite looks from our fashion show.

Special thanks to Project Ethos and their production director Jennifer Backoff for always welcoming me to their team with open arms and to Saddleback College for informing me about this incredible production company.