Story and photo by Jerick E. Leblanc/Staff writer/@jerickjake
From small dreams comes a big accomplishment as LBCC fashion design major Analidia Lopez, 23, wins $2,500 in scholarship awards and two trophies from local fashion establishments.
Lopez received three total from the California Apparel News media concept award and the Stony Apparel Corporation manufacturing and design award along with a Young Menswear of America scholarship.
A Compton resident, Lopez, whose parents are from Mexico has been studying fashion design at LBCC the past four years and is graduating Thursday, June 9. She will receive four certificates in fashion design, fashion design assistant, pattern maker and sample maker.
“I see myself first working for an established company as an intern, probably as a sample maker or a pattern maker. Hopefully work my way up to be a design assistant,” Lopez said.
Her work inspiration comes from Los Angeles fashion house gown makers Tadashi Shoji and Sue Wong. Her mainstream influences are Chanel, Valentino, and Givenchy’s collection from the 70’s era.
“I’ve always been into art as a little girl but somehow it’s turned into wearable art which is what dress making is,” she said. “I don’t have any family members that are dress makers, it’s just me. I always like dressing differently than other people and have never really followed the trend because I felt like I would catch on to a trend before other people.
Fashion design major Briseida Favela, 28, said, “Analidia is one of the most hard working designers at LBCC that I’ve met. She goes above and beyond to produce great garments that not only look spectacular, but also have great attention to detail in construction.
Lopez said that she made a collection of gowns this semester and as a senior had to create two collections from which she submitted a three-piece collection that consists of a jumpsuit and a sailor dress. “My collection was nautical inspired with a modern twist and really contemporary,” Lopez added.
“Fashion tends to be expensive. We have to buy all our materials all the time all the fabrics…everything, so this scholarship money helps,” she said. “I have a couple internships lined up for the summer and hopefully can turn into a job offer.”
Fashion program director Pamela Knights in an email wrote, “This was a big accomplishment and a big honor for Analidia.”
“I am the head of productions for the Modstalgia fashion show. Pamela Knights have been my mentor since the beginning and have been a great teacher as well as all the others in the program since there aren’t that many here on campus,” Lopez said.
The CFF (California Fashion Foundation) and Tala Association sponsored the award in which various students can submit sketches as well as garments that are made into a PowerPoint presentation from colleges with fashion programs. Students submit entries to the head of the fashion department from which they choose top three as entry submissions.
“The process to win the scholarship lasted about three weeks but the process of creating the designs and finishing the garments took the full semester,” Lopez said.