In the end, Pima Community College's fairy-tale-themed fashion show will be fanciful and fun, but getting there has been anything but a fantasy. It's hard work. "The students feel like it's chaotic and that they have so much to do and not enough time to do it," said Yekatherina Bruner, the adjunct faculty instructor who teaches a once-a-week, three-hour-long fashion show and event-planning class. "I just keep telling them we'll stay on schedule, just take it one task at a time."
This is the college's sixth annual spring fashion show. The Friday event showcases the work of more than 100 students and is expected to draw about 400 people to the West Campus' Proscenium Theatre, said Nancy Spaulding, faculty instructor with the fashion design and clothing department.
Flowing Wells High School students will also take part in the show and display recycled garments they've designed.
It's the year-end highlight for students at Pima, which offers a certificate in fashion design. Anyone in the program who's sewed and designed clothing can take part in the show, Spaulding said.
Bruner's six students are producing the show, doing everything from locking in models and hair and makeup artists to marketing and finding sponsors.
"The beauty of it is, they get hands-on experience and this is the closest they can get to any professional runway show," Bruner said. "This is the closest experience they can get to see the back of the house, the adrenaline rush, the craziness, the chaos."
If you go
"Once Upon a Time …"
• What: Pima Community College's sixth annual spring fashion show
• When: 7 p.m. Friday.
• Where: Proscenium Theatre at PCC's West Campus, 2202 W. Anklam Road.
• Cost: Suggested $5 donation at the door.
• Box office: 206-6986
The Four Elements Fashion Show
• What: Tucson Young Professionals' annual fashion show featuring designers, fashion stylists and stores inspired by the four elements: earth, wind, water and fire.
• When: May 10, 7 p.m. VIP reception; 7:30 p.m. general admission; 8:30 show begins. An afterparty follows the show.
• Where: Fox Tucson Theatre, 17 W. Congress St.
• Cost: Prices start at $25. Buy tickets online at tucsonyoungprofessionals.com and click under "events."
meet some of the designers
Laura Caraveo, 22
• Post-college plans: "Work as a seamstress and be more involved in fashion events."
• Coolest thing I ever made: "A wedding dress."
• Fashion icon: "Rihanna!"
Sarah Rojas, 21
• Most hated fashion don't: "When I see people with leggings and short T-shirts that stop above the hips."
• Coolest thing I ever made: "My recycled dress, made of neon-colored construction paper and mirror pieces."
• Worst thing I ever made: "My wacky button-down shirt. ... It's bright and full of bright pinks with lady bug buttons and different patterns."
Susan K. Peterson, 60
• Design style: "Casual dressy."
• Coolest thing I ever made: "After drafting a man's jacket, I made the jacket completely by hand."
• Most hated fashion don't: "Clothes that look like they are at least two sizes too small."
Dulce "Candy" Douglas, 28
• Design style: "Elegance, romantic and glam."
• Most hated fashion don't: "Don't wear too many mix patterns or different colors. … Mixing an assortment of patterns can take away from the beauty and main focus, which is you (the wearer)."
• Current obsession: "Shoes!"
high school students share runway
Pima Community College invited Flowing Wells High School students to share their creations from recycled materials in this year's fashion show. Two students whose work will be featured:
Carlos Osuna, 16
• My design style: "Very unique and eye-catching. I try to design things out of my comfort zone."
• My personal style: "Mostly a mixture of nerdy and clean look."
• Fashion icon: "Hands down Lady Gaga."
Scarlett Montoya, 17
• Fashion don't: "Pants with sparkles."
• Favorite color: "Purple."
• Current obsession: "Lace."
Contact Kristen Cook at email@example.com or 573-4194.