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L-R) Black flapper dress, c. 1927; Panne velvet, rhinestones, crystal beads, seed pearls, and sequins; Designer: Unknown; Gift of Francis B. Hurt, SDHC 88.39. Scaasi Cocktail Dress, 1986; Cotton and synthetic silk; Designer: Arnold Scaasi; Gift of Euphemia Davis, SDHC 99.5.1. Mary McFadden Evening Gown, 1977-78; Synthetic satin and organza; Designer: Mary McFadden; Collection of the San Diego History Center, Gift of Encore La Jolla, SDHC 99.26.1. Thai Silk 2-piece Jacket and Skirt, c. 1960-65; Designer: Patricia Ladner; Silk; Gift of Patricia Ladner, SDHC 95.14.3a-b


Join professors and students from the Mesa College School of Fashion & Design in the Fashion Redux: 90 Years of Fashion gallery as they demonstrate the beauty and skill behind creating fabulous works of fashion.

Upcoming Fashion Demonstrations:

Crochet: Turn yarn into a patterned fabric using a method of loops and a metal hook.

  • April 7, May 8: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Millinery and Hat Making: Watch Mesa College Fashion students create hats from scratch.  See the process unfold in front of your eyes.

  • April 8, April 14: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm


Needle Felting: How to turn soft fluffy wool into an intricate sculpture or bead.

  • April 10, April 24: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm


Draping: Watch Mesa College Fashion students create hats from scratch.  See the process unfold in front of your eyes.

  • April 10, May 26th: 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm


Hand Knitting: See the process of interlocking loops of yarn using two knitting needles to create an intricately patterned garment.

  • April 15, May 13: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm


Fabric Manipulation and Embellishment: See how to reshape the surface of a fabric using a variety of techniques.

  • April 17, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm


Hand Patterning: Watch a designer transform sketches into 2-dimensional patterns, drafting from measurements.

  • April 28, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm


Electronics: Fashion meets Technology. See the different ways that technology can be used to enhance a creative garment, including programmable lights and motion-activated garments.

  • May 5, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm


Computer Pattern Design: Learn how computer software can assist you in creating patterns for fit or creativity. Windows or Macintosh.

  • May 19: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm


Fabric Jewelry Techniques: See how to make fabulous beaded necklaces from strips of fabric, neoprene, and floral wire.

  • May 22, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm


Beading: Learn about decorating the surface of a garment by sewing beads onto a fabric foundation.

  • May 27, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm


Nuno Felting: The art of creating fabric from wool and silk. An artistic take on felting, the oldest known textile.

  • June 9, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm


Fashion Sketching: See how the fashion figure is drawn and come watch a Mesa Fashion student at work as she sketches fashion designs.

  • June 23, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm



May 13
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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San Diego History Center
1649 El Prado, Suite 3
San Diego, CA 92101 United States
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