On November 22, 2011 SFA (Student Fashion Association) held their Midnight Masquerade fashion show in the Sacramento State University Union Ballroom. Attendance was a bit low, perhaps from the seasonal preoccupation with Thanksgiving and cooler days finally making November feel like November. Designers and stylists and their family and friends were smiling and feeling proud regardless of a small turnout. Photographers and press were plentiful and flashes zipped throughout the evening from 7:00 to closing at 9:00 pm.
While the masquerade decorations were minimal and modest, the fashion show was given that extra bit of mardi gras flavor and fun with Melange Act costume designs created by Lacey Taylor and Samantha Rachelle. The whimsical Starwars inspired costumes by Irma Tchamourian-Zamora, who has redirected her attention from banking to fashion and costume design, also added fun and fantasy to the show. Between these colorful and fanciful runway walks three local Sacramento boutiques were represented by SFA student stylists. There was no doubt that all six stylists knew how to make these ready-to-wear separates, dresses, jackets and accessories come together for some contemporary class that anyone would be happy to model their wardrobe after. Denim Spot, Legacy Boutique, and Heart Clothing provided styling access for Anakarina Pimentel, Elizabeth Poulos, Adrienne Deloatch, Gina Sanchez, Fiona Lau, and Jennifer Siopongco.
As each student designer and stylist presented their work with a wonderful line-up of local modeling talent and beauty, the projector filled the stage backdrop with their words of goal, inspiration, thankfulness and personal perspective. The show was eloquently hosted by the lovely Miss Asia Sacramento Princess Emily Tang. The remainder of the designers rounded out the show with a nice variety with contemporary-pop inspired work by Tamika Bellamy, “East meets West” themed modern elegance with clean lines by Joycelynn Brown, Laotian culture and religion combined with current and mercurial fashion trends designed by Nikki Khotpanya, and Julia Moua’s Crinoline and Bustle period inspired beautiful pieces.
The entire production went smoothly with a mere short-lived microphone hitch. The overall attitude of Midnight Masquerade participants was one of professionalism, happiness, and pleasure to show their accomplishments and ideas. These shows are a good learning experience for designers, stylists, buyers, future boutique owners, marketers, planners and any and all sort of professional careers in this field. On top of this hands-on experience, proceeds from the show are donated to the A.C.E. (Sacramento State’s Autism Center for Excellence). DON’T MISS THE SLIDESHOW ABOVE which includes 48 images and collages. Thank you and please feel free to facebook “Like” or leave a comment below.