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Fashion Design Students Win Big in the Big Apple

This article appeared in a March 2017 issue of the student newsletter.

By Amy Loftis 

Several El Centro Fashion Design students won big at the "ideation" Conference recently in New York City. Hosted by Gerber Technology, the conference "brings together visionaries, disruptors and leaders" who are changing the world of fashion.

During the conference El Centro College students competed against other colleges in a national design competition. Not only did the students have to submit sketches with technical drawings to enter the competition, they also had to draft and digitize their patterns, create tech packs, submit bi-weekly progress on social media and sew their garments. In total the process took several months to complete. At times they became so tired, pushing one another along to finish.

The end result was the exhilaration of winning an all-expense-paid trip to New York City to attend the conference and meet many fashion industry professionals. At the conference, their fashions were presented on live models. The students felt like celebrities after the event as many businesses approached them and were interested in their work.

Originally 60 students entered the competition in May 2016. By July 2016, a total of 10 student finalists were announced. El Centro College claimed six of the Top Ten spots. In August 2015, the final five were chosen with three fashion designer students from El Centro College: Maria Grisolia, Lin Savatdy and Victoria Zito. The remaining two finalists were from North Carolina State University. El Centro College student Natalia Gilca also won an honorable mention.

While attending the ideation Conference in New York, the five student finalists received a key for Gerber Acumark software worth $10,000. Also, the Grand Prize Winner was voted on by conference attendees. Lin Savadty and Maria Grisolia of El Centro College won in a tie vote, claiming the national title and an additional 3D software package worth $8,000.