By Jon Peacock
Co-editor in chief
The Front Quad of the LAC featured a red carpet runway and models fitted with clothes made by LBCC alumnus Moises Aguirre on Tuesday, Oct. 20.
Students and employees of the college attended the Fall fashion show, sponsored by the LBCC Foundation. African American Scholars Fund. Dale Reed, from LBCC radio, provided up-beat music throughout the event. The event was hosted by Bresheena Baseel, former LBCC student, and Andre Valle, current LBCC student and president of the Fashion Network Club. They presented fashion designer Irma Penalver with a Viking honor for inspiring Aguirre’s work.
Valle said the show was “amazing, showcases all of the hard work.”
Librarian Shamika Simpson said, “I try to attend as many events as possible to support students and teachers. … And of course I love fashion, so that’s a plus.”
Designer Aguirre, originally from Mexico, came to the U.S. when he was 15. He said he loved watching fashion events on TV and learned the basics of sewing from a friend. Aguirre took LBCC fashion design and merchandising classes and learned a tremendous amount from them.
In his statement in a printed program, Aguirre wrote, “My inspiration for this collection is flowers and layers of the petals that are attractive to my eye. That’s why my collection of evening gowns are represented by layers and layers of fabrics that communicate romance and elegance.
“My designs give security and comfort to the women; simple, elegant and very sophisticated. Less, sometimes is more. I want to dress women with beauty that includes comfort. I, Moises Aguirre, am delivering what the new woman needs; the woman who says, ‘I am wearing a dress with pride.’ ”
More information about the fashion design program may be obtained by calling (562) 938-4192 or (562) 938-4336.