Photo by Paul Ingvaldsen/ Viking - Fashion models walk down the runway during the geisha inspired fashion show, Friday , May 23, in the LAC auditorium.
Photo by Paul Ingvaldsen/ Viking – Fashion models walk down the runway during the geisha inspired fashion show, Friday , May 23, in the LAC auditorium.

By Paul Ingvaldsen / Staff Writer

The Fashion Design and Merchandising class held their semi-annual fashion show with runway models displaying geisha-inspired designs last Friday night at the LAC auditorium, May 23 at 7 p.m.
Over 100 original designs were on display as fashion models marched down the runway in a two hour show.
Christalle Nuval, 21, a design and merchandising major, said, “This is a biannual event combining all the LBCC fashion design classes.” Students were required to create designs according to the theme, “Geisha Den: a Fashion Euphoria.”
In a statement to the Register, Taylor Syndell, fashion design student and creator of the theme said, “I have always been interested in geishas and their culture. This concept, laden with opulence and intrigue, seduces us into a clandestine world of cabaret and a geisha’s debut journey. Our show follows a young girl through a series of enchanting fashion transformations as she blossoms into a celebrated geisha.”
Fashion design major Karson Martinez said, “This is my first fashion show. It’s a bit fast-paced, but for me it’s a good start.”
A kabuki dance began the show, then models emerged to strut down the walkway bearing garments of greater and greater design sophistication as the young girl becomes a professional and closes the show by demonstrating her accomplishments in a dance.
The LBCC fashion design program offers classes in fashion design and merchandising, career certificates and associate degrees in the fashion field. Ten members of the program will receive their AA degrees this June.
Anyone interested in the program may contact teachers Deborah Abbit Schaefer at dschaefer@lbcc.edu, or Pamela Knights a pknights@lbcc.edu.