Brett Ashley Hawkins
Long Beach City College’s fashion department hosted its 34th annual fashion show, “Vigilante en Vogue,” last Thursday at the college’s Liberal Arts Campus Auditorium. The show featured a superhero theme with designers creating comic-book hero costumes and other garments inspired by the theme.
The show consisted of several segments and competitions including “Eco-Couture… the Garment Returns,” which included garments reconstructed from clothes purchased at Goodwill stores. Goodwill Industries sponsored the segment and awarded a scholarship to the designer with the best look, as determined by a panel of judges.
For the section entitled “Action Figure Sportswear,” which included 11 senior collections created for a fair-trade co-op in Nicaragua, Nueva Vida, the participating designers worked with organic cotton jersey to conceive separates that the co-op could produce to help increase their market share in the United States.
High-school students were able to take part in displaying their designs as well. Students from Artesia, Gahr, Lakewood, and Norwalk High Schools sent one garment down the runway as their entrance into the world of fashion design.
Professional and student models walked the runway in the designers’ pieces. Among them was Ebony Jointer, a cover model featured on Lifetime shows Project Runway and Models of the Runway. “Models are extremely important to a runway show,” said Irina Wong, a spectator at the show. “The right model could bring a look to its peak success.”
The segment “Knockout! Evening Gowns” concluded the show with a dress that had been constructed by five people: senior designer Zherra Manilay and four chocolate chefs from the college’s culinary arts department. The chefs (Karla Flores, Alonso Hernandez, John Nguyen, and Lynne Tolentino) added diamond-shaped milk chocolate pieces and dark chocolate panels with white-chocolate piping to embellish Manilay’s canvas bodice. The dress was modeled by five-time LBCC fashion show model Chelsea Knights. “Modeling the chocolate dress gave me a unique opportunity to observe the design process from concept to completed garment,” said Knights. “The finale felt like a perfect fantasy.”