El Paso Community College (EPCC) Fashion Technology students participated with the El Paso Museum of Art (EPMA) at the grand opening of Fashion Nirvana: Runway to Everyday on November 12, 2021.
The EPCC Fashion Technology program has presented at various local functions and was sought out by EPMA for this important event.
To celebrate the grand opening, EPCC Fashion Technology instructors, Jose Saenz and Lizette Arenas, sewed 90’s-inspired garments as the opening occurred. Alexia Maldonado, EPCC Fashion Design student, sold her 90’s vintage clothing line “4am Vintage”. Students Rubenia Alvarado, Claudia Arce, and Kendra Brown assisted in the demonstrations and promoted the Fashion Technology program while talking with the attendees. People were able to see them in action experiencing the process of garment construction.
“It is important for the EPCC Fashion Technology, to have a presence at fashion events in our city as an opportunity to promote and showcase the amazing work and talent of our students and faculty,” Vanessa Ramirez, Fashion Technology Instructor said. “Opportunities such as Fashion Nirvana: Runway to Everyday by EPMA connect students with real industry experiences and close the gap from the classroom to the fashion industry, which is an experience we want for all our students to have.”
“I am really glad that this event is happening and really inspired by the theme of the event which is the 90s and I feel like that style is coming back in fashion, so I am honored to be here as part of the program,” Alexia Maldonado, EPCC Fashion Technology student said. “I really hope that my designs will be just as good as the ones being displayed; it excites me for my career my future.”
The exhibition offers a multisensory gallery experience anchored by haute couture and ready-to-wear garments by bold-named designers. Paired with video art, the exhibition celebrates the trend-setting couturiers, photographers, and video artists who made the 90s an iconic decade worthy of its current revival. The exhibition is available from November 12, 2021 to March 12, 2022.