A fashion show at a fashion design school in Eugene, Oregon recently showcased the designs of students who created fashions for both men and women.
Lane Community College’s fashion design school held their annual fashion show earlier in December, an event featuring dresses, designs for children, and men’s suits and shirts.
This is typical of fashion design schools the world over. Lane’s fashion show was held in the Richard E. Wildish Community theatre and was the sixth time in as many years that the fashion design program has held such an event.
Tina Reyes is an instructor and coordinator for continued education at the school and implied that the students are very versatile and open-minded with their designs. “I don’t think there’s anything they don’t design,” she said according to the school’s student newspaper.
Students at fashion design schools often begin working on their designs earlier in the semester and some for over a year. Continuing Education Program Coordinator Ross Jackson said the fashion design school at Lane Community College is mainly career oriented, training designers for entry level positions in the fashion design industry.
According to Tina Reyes, students choose this type of program for their own reasons. “They’re inspired because they want to learn to sew, or they want to become designers. When the students see the fashion show, it opens up the door and they say, ‘Oh I didn’t know I could do that. Some people think that it’s just a sewing class, but its fashion design. You learn how to create those fashions by hand,” Reyes said according to the Torch, a student publication.
Fashion design schools often participate in events such as the one held at Lane Community College. Many offer technical trade courses in the niche markets of children’s clothing, shoes, and even formal wear. With the abundance of opportunity for many careers, fashion design schools typically experience a steady stream of enrollments and most programs culminate with a similar showcase of talent.