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Live Webinar: Friday, May 15 – 7:00pm 

For the past nine years, students enrolled in Mesa College’s Fashion Program have used garments from the History Center’s vast costume collection as an inspirational springboard for their own contemporary designs.

For the 2020 iteration of Fashion Reduxthe exhibition has gone virtual – digitally showcasing the student’s reinterpretations of four garments from the 1970s alongside their archival counterparts.

Virtual Zoom event featuring discussions withthe student designers participating in Fashion Redux 2020, Mesa College Fashion Professor Jordyn Smiley, and San Diego History Center Collection Specialists. 


1970s SDHC Inspiration Garments

From the Historic Clothing Collection. Click here to view more.

Maxi Dress, 1970s
Designer: Diane von Furstenberg. Nylon, orange/green/tan zebra print on black background, unlined. Gift of Margaret Sell, 2001.42

Maxi Dress, c. 1970
Designer/maker: Modelos INA / Tijuana, B.C. Mexico. Orange cotton crochet with openwork floral motif, orange synthetic lining. Gift of the Fashion Group of San Diego, Inc., SDHC 93.91.2

Suit (Jacket/Skirt), 1970s
Designer: Henry Higgins. Brown crushed velvet with salmon-colored lining, fabric covered buttons. Gift of the Marcia Collins Estate, SDHC 2002.30.2

Dress, early 1970s
Designer: Donald Brooks / May – D & F Forecast. Navy blue silk or rayon, with cream trim, navy blue synthetic lining. Gift of Denny Stone, SDHC 99.25.11

Fashion Redux 2020 Student Garments

Fashion Redux Through the Years
Click on a Year to View Past Exhibitions

70’s Fashion Redux
San Diego Mesa College and SDHC Collaboration

Photoshoot Credits

Director/Lead Stylist
Liese Victoria

Natasha Hayes

Arantxa Akerlundh
Jenneva Borboa
Marine Weiss
Evelyn Zuniga

Carla Nicholson
Delaney Jones
Melissa Mcinnis
Terra Ann

Meghan Prater   

Itzyy Cabrera

Shirly Martinez