Cactus Fashion


The Ancient People stopped by for a visit to the Fashion Design Lab at West Campus on February 7th.  We had a good number of very wealthy Egyptians and a Roman “Lady of the Night”.  We had a couple of “lower class-types”, but the wealthy came out in numbers!

Here are a few of the good photos (we had a couple of camera issues and some photos were too dark to edit):



Ancient People!

Ancient People!

a Roman "Lady of the Night"

a Roman "Lady of the Night"

{November 19, 2011}   HATS!

Here are a few hat designs from Intro to Accessory


Laura looking chic in Rose Genzman's giraffe print hat!

Design at Pima Community College in Tucson, AZ

L-R:  Laura Caraveo, Emma Graves, Melissa Padilla, Rose Genzman

L-R: Laura Caraveo, Emma Graves, Melissa Padilla, Rose Genzman

Students in the Intro to Accessory Design class at Pima Community College in Tucson, AZ were given an assignment to deconstruct a $1 Store bag (you can learn a lot from a $1 store bag!).  They were to make the patterns and restyle (product development) the bag into their own style vision.  Their second project was to deconstruct, analyze the patterns for, restyle and construct a bag from a thrift store.

Here are a few of their FAB creations!

Rose Genzman's "Bridesmaid Bag"

Rose Genzman's "Bridesmaid Bag"Melissa Padilla's $1 Store Restyle

Laura Caraveo's Elegant Brocade Evening Bag

Laura Caraveo's Elegant Brocade Evening Bag w/ Jeweled Zipper Pull ($1 Store Bag)

Cynthia Gerritts – Fur interpretation (custom chevron fabric design)
Rose Genzman – “Roses”

Emma Graves - Purple "Hobo" with white Roses

Everyone had great final projects; lots of FUN and we all learned more interesting history about the history of clothing!  The students dressed in costume and presented a creative board which represented their particular area of research.  We learned about wedding dresses through the ages, the 40s, 50s, 60, 70s, flappers, bathing suits, hairstyles, and the Lolita influence on fashion.

History of Clothing - Final Projects

{June 10, 2011}   Pima Runway – Spring 2011!

You’ll find photos of the Spring 2011 fashion show on my Picasa web album.

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{February 11, 2011}   The Ancient World!

Great fun on Tuesday with “History of Clothing” students dressed as Egyptians, Greeks and Romans walking around Pima Community College West Campus presenting their “ancient personas” to each other.  Here are a few photos….

The Ancient People - Egyptians, Greeks & Romans

A very wealthy Roman woman!


An Egyptian boy sporting the "Lock of Youth"!

Handmade jewelry by Sue

{February 8, 2011}   Classy Skirts!

Susan Apthorp and Billie Bright both created beautifully lined skirts for their project in FDC 211.  Here are a couple of photos of these very talented ladies!

{February 8, 2011}   Pajama Party 101!

I know I’ve been a wee bit behind (six months!) in getting this BLOG updated and I apologize.  I will try, from now on, to be a regular weekly poster as I know my small band of followers would like me to be more regular.  (If anyone wants to HELP me with this blog posting stuff, by all means…step up to the plate or keyboard as the case may be!)

With apologies in place and promises of a turned leaf, here are some FAB photos from the Clothing Construction I from the Fall 2010 semester.

The “theme” was “WILD PAJAMAS”!  My instructions to the students were to “Go Wild”!  Why be “mild” with PJs?  After all, you can wear them in the privacy of your own home and have FUN staring at your fabulous creation!  🙂

Well, as you can see, I’ll be a presenter at Phoenix Fashion Week this year!  I’m giving a workshop on “Fashion Illustration” on Friday, October 8th at the “W” Hotel in Scottsdale.  Hope you  make it; it’s going to be a great event! 🙂  Let’s support those who are trying to make Arizona a fashion destination for designers and manufacturers!

Phoenix Fashion Week

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