Fabmo is a local organization that started by collecting fabric samples from the Interior Design businesses that were going to throw them out. They earned their 503b status in 2009, but have been around for a bit longer than that. They have since grown by leaps and bounds and now they divert about 70 tons […]


Tips and Techniques:

Sometimes we have seen projects crammed into a bag, smooshed, and wrinkled. Knowing how much work goes into creating a garment and seeing things in a such a state of disarray, we thought we’d sit down with our fearless leader, Ronda Chaney, and discuss the importance of pressing. Here are Ronda’s top five tips! Good […]

Completed garments

Historical Inspiration

With Halloween around the corner, we thought we would share a few costumey looks. Thanks to our Theater Costuming Certificate and Degree we get to enjoy the many historically inspired designs of our students. Here are a few recent images.


Getting the Right Fit

Fitting takes a lot of work, time, and patience. Here Tailoring and Advanced Tailoring students show off their muslins, toiles, or fitting garments for their tailored jackets. Some of these students went through as many as four reiterations to get the look and fit they were after. We can’t wait to see what the finished […]


Former Student:
Alda Loo

We recently connected with Alda Loo, a former student to learn more about what she is up to and how her experiences in the Cañada College Fashion Design and Merchandising Department helped her get to where she is today. Cañada Fashion Department (CFD): What degree did you receive from Cañada? Alda Loo (AL): I graduated […]


Former Student:
Lindsay Fackrell

We were thrilled to hear from former student, Lindsay Fackrell, about her exciting fashion career that began at Cañada. She is now based in New York City. Enjoy our interview below. Cañada College Fashion Department (CFD): How did you find Cañada? Lindsey Fackrell (LF): I grew up in Redwood City so I was located close […]

Linda Lee_Headshot

Linda Lee:
Artistry in Fashion 2015
Guest Speaker

We are very excited to introduce you to our Guest Speaker at Artistry in Fashion 2015. Mark your calendar for Saturday, September 26, 2015. We are pleased to host Linda Lee this year for Artistry in Fashion. Linda is the founder and owner of the Sewing Workshop Pattern Collection. She develops sewing patterns, writes for […]

Entreprenuership Project

Class Project

Our Entrepreneurship students were very busy this summer. In the three unit Entrepreneurship class they worked in groups to create business plans. One group used their own frustrating experiences to create a bundle of patterns and supplies to help more novice seamstresses have successful projects. This group’s members had experienced selecting fabric unsuitable for their […]

Ethnic Textiles 2

Bay Area
Textile Exhibits

Here are a few current Bay Area exhibits worth checking out. Lace: Labor and Luxury at the de Young Museum through Nov. 30, 2014 From the de Young website: Lace: Labor and Luxury highlights the artistry of lace and contextualizes this artform within centuries of fashion history. In the small Textile Education Gallery, portraits of […]

Laughing Flower

Play It Again
Student Contest

We have had so much fun with our past contests (nautical and repurposed denim). We have another contest set for this school year for any students in our Summer or Fall 2014 or Spring 2015 classes. Play It Again Fashion as Art! Repurpose – Recycle – Re-use Create new designs from used materials of some […]


Current Student:
Brigette de Valois

Current student, Brigette de Valois is working towards the Custom Dressmaking/Small Business and Technical: Apparel Industry Oriented Certificates. A friend referred Brigette to the Cañada College Fashion Department when Brigette was first learning to sew 8 years ago. Prior to studying fashion at Cañada College, Brigette obtained two bachelor’s degrees in Languages and Interior Design. […]