Transcendent: Beyond the Ordinary, the 38th annual TRENDS Fashion Show, took place on May 7 at California State University, Northridge in front of an audience totaling more than 400 attendees.
The event kicked off with a dancing performance by NADESHIKO, an all-female Japanese dance crew. After the performance, the graduating senior designers showcased their collections, and apparel design and merchandising graduate students put together a special presentation. Future designers, students from the Advanced Construction and Pattern Making classes, also designed garments which were featured on the catwalk.
The fashion show, organized as a contest for the graduating seniors in apparel design and merchandising, awarded three winners who were judged on creativity, pattern and construction and trend awareness and marketability.
Bin Shen took third place for her collection, Dress in Suiting Fabric. Shen hoped the collection would “express the empowerment, confidence and beauty of women who have multiple roles.”
Ani Torosyan garnered second place for her collection, Potpurri. According to Torosyan, the collection consisted “of different types of 3-D faux and hand-constructed flowers, flower prints and beading.” Torosyan aimed to portray romance and femininity in her designs.
First place was awarded to Fashion Collection by Yvette Alexis Mendoza, an apparel design and merchandising major graduating at this year’s commencement. Mendoza said winning first place not only brought her joy, but also validated her hard work and reinforced her decision to change her major.
“It was one of my happiest moments to hear my name called for first place,” Mendoza said. “I’ve wanted this since the moment I changed my major from journalism to apparel design and merchandising, so for it to come true was so satisfying.”
Shirley Warren, an apparel design and merchandising lecturer and the show’s producer, said she’s proud of apparel design and merchandising students for putting together a great show.
“The passion, energy and dedication the students put into making this year’s show a success did not go unnoticed,” Warren said. “I’m very proud of our students on putting together another fabulous production.”
Chair of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences Tom Cai was proud of all of the student-designers and other students who helped put together the show, as well as the faculty members who mentor the apparel design and merchandising students.
“The Fashion Show is one of the most glamorous student events on campus,” Cai said. “It is planned and organized by our very talented students, who have great potential in contributing to the campus and community.
“This is a by-students and for-students activity,” he added. “And our faculty have done a great job in facilitating the students’ independent efforts and nurturing their organizational and leadership skills, which is part of the education they receive at CSUN.”