Inspiration Strikes Apparel Students

Inspiration Strikes Apparel Students
Nicole Marquiss shows off her clothing design during the fashion show.
Kate Crocker poses for the cameras.

Strike a pose!

Apparel Merchandising & Management (AMM) students strutted their stuff and showed off their designs at an informal fashion show at Cal Poly Pomona on Dec. 9. Students wore dresses and two-piece outfits they made during fall quarter, and their fashions ranged from party dresses to business attire to casual wear.

Professor Cynthia Regan, who teaches the apparel production course, says students designed an outfit, created a pattern and sewed the garment to fit their body. The course teaches foundation skills of creating the pattern manually and with a computer.

“It's very time consuming, and every detail is important,” says Jenny Huang of the design process. The AMM senior wore a white top with a sweetheart neckline and lace trim, black pencil skirt and a ruffled belt.

Each student found a different source of inspiration for her design.

Mary Lou Vazquez, who also works at Disney, says she was inspired by Cinderella to create a short, gown-like sky blue dress. Jennifer Esajian modeled her plum purple dress after a magazine ad that featured a kimono-like dress in a similar color. Junior Daisy Reyes says she wanted to create a fitted yet flowing party dress and was inspired by a photo of actress Scarlett Johansson in Teen Vogue magazine.

The 410 Senior Apparel Production course is the first in a series of three classes. During the winter and spring quarters, students will design an entire clothing line for general consumers and sell the garments at the Farm Store. For more information about the AM2 clothing line, visit

Students show off their fashions at the end of the show.