Current Student:
Beth Liebert
Producing My First Line

We are thrilled to share Beth’s journey producing her first line. In this first segment, Beth shares her unique journey. Stay tuned for the second segment in which Beth shares some advice from her experiences. Here is Beth’s story in her own words. Last summer I launched a crowdfunding campaign on a website called Indiegogo […]

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Sustainable Fashion:
Current Student:
Michelle’s Take

Current student, Michelle Paganini is working towards three degrees from our department: Technical-Apparel Industry Oriented, Custom Dressmaking/Small Business, and Theater Costuming. Michelle’s path through our programs has made her impassioned about sustainability and sustainable practices. Please enjoy our interview below. Cañada Fashion Department (CFD): What are your long term fashion-related goals? Michelle Paganini (MP): Explore, […]

Merchandising Display

Fashionable Things
We Have Found 4

We hope you had a wonderful Spring Break. Here is our latest installment of Fashionable Things We Have Found. Enjoy! This debate from the New York Times discussing if clothing is going too casual in “The Casual Couture of the Average American”. There are 6 varying points of view to consider. If color is your […]

Repurposed Denim

Repurposed Denim Contest
and Celebration Tea

Spring Break is the perfect opportunity to work on your project for the Repurposed Denim competition. Requirements for Design students: An outfit that covers and fits the size 10 dress forms. Garments should be able to be easily removed from the dress forms. The entire ensemble must be at least 60% repurposed denim, 20% other […]


Discarded to Divine:
2014 Student Entries

Here are three of our current student’s entries into this year’s Discarded to Divine. Discarded to Divine is a charitable event showcasing the talents of professional and aspiring designers who transform discarded, donated clothing into one-of-a-kind couture creations and exquisite home décor which are auctioned to benefit those overcoming poverty, homelessness and domestic violence. Some […]

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Fashion Photography

We were thrilled when Beginning Clothing Construction student, Oleg, pulled out his camera and started photographing a fellow student in her newly created T Shirt. Oleg is new to the Fashion Department, and since this is a somewhat new field for him, he hasn’t yet decided on certificates. Oleg is a digital multimedia artist and […]

Laura Cox

Where Are They Now?
Laura Cox

One of our former students, Laura Cox, stopped in to share what she is up to. I have a teaching credential and was an elementary school teacher before I had my own kids. I decided to take some sewing classes at Cañada for fun, not thinking I was ever going to have a career doing anything. […]


Cañada Fashion and
San Mateo County Fair

The San Mateo County Fair is coming June 7-15. This year the Cañada Fashion Department is sponsoring 4 $25 special awards. In the Creative Home Arts category we will offer the following awards: Best Outerwear, Most Creative Sewn Item, and Best Costume. We are also offering a Best Repurposed Apparel award in the Sustainable Living […]

Alabama Chanin Style

Sustainable Fashion:
Repurposing Garments

In addition to starting from scratch and buying new clothing, repurposing dated, stained, or otherwise unworn clothing is a great way to create new garments for your wardrobe. Many of our students have used the reverse applique technique from Alabama Chanin. This a great project to refashion old T shirts instructions can be found in […]

Tailored Coat

Student Project

One of our students worked on her Advanced Illustration skills creating this tailored ensemble while simultaneously creating two version of the coat in our Advanced Flat Pattern Class. What a great project for her portfolio!  

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Fashion Show:

Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 7pm. From Kat, a student in the Fashion Show Production Class, “This year’s show is like no other show Cañada has had!” Garment Call: Garments accepted until May 6, 2014 on Thursday nights between 6:30-9:30pm in room 253, building 3. Model Call: Thursdays night from 6:30-9:30pm […]

Grad Party

Summer and Fall 2014
Curriculum Lunch

Come hear about our department, our Summer and Fall 2014 classes, and degree and certificate opportunities at our Curriculum Luncheon on Wednesday, March 12, at noon. We’ll provide the food and information. You will also be first to hear about our collaboration with the San Mateo County Fair. Email Peggy to sign up.

Tapa Cloth

Ethnic Textiles

We’ve put up more Ethnic Textiles on the bulletin boards in our department. Here are some close up images, but be sure to check them out before or after your classes. Here are some Barkcloth/Tapa Cloth Samples. Batik Chinese Embroidery Handwoven Samples Reverse Applique If you would like to see more, the de Young Museum […]