Desert escape

Posted: June 1st, 2018 | Fashion Files, Featured | No Comments

By Diana Cavagnaro | Fashion Files

San Diego Mesa College Fashion Program presented the 37th annual Golden Scissors Fashion Show & Awards at the Sheraton San Diego Harbor Island Hotel & Marina on May 11. The event began with a VIP reception along with entertainment by Matias de Hoyos and Joshua Jones. Guests were able to shop at a fun silent auction while they enjoyed the reception.

The Fashion Show began with a welcome by program directors Susan Lazear, Meegan Feori, and Jordyn Smiley. The theme for the evening was Desert Escape. This entire fashion show was a collaboration by many different departments which included the fashion students’ designs, multimedia students, hair and makeup at San Diego City College, dancers from San Diego Mesa Dance Company and Continuing Education at San Diego Community College District.

Michael Marinas won Best Collection (Photos by Diana Cavagnaro)

This entertaining show included segments with Daywear, Sportswear, Up-Cycling, Wearable Technology and Special Occasion. Interspersed in between each segment were the students’ collections. First place for collections went to Michael Marinas, whose menswear collection was called Mnyama. Michael McKinney earned Best of Show for the most creativity and also took home first place for the Up-Cycle section. He wowed the audience when he modeled his design across the stage on stilts. Juliet Sailo earned Best of Show for her impeccable workmanship. Salio also took home first place with the Desert Escape category and the Eveningwear section. Divya Sharma was awarded the Rising Star Award and took home first place for Clubwear.

Jessica Sarmiento took first place for the Children’s category

Additional first-place winners for the Golden Scissors 2018 were Grace Zheng for Weekend Wear, Madison Gooden for Day Wear, and Carrie Schneider for Textile Designs. Brook Druen won first place for Wearable Technology. Models came down the runway for this remarkable segment showing off clothing with lights. Humberto Buisan took home the award for the Un-Fabric category, where students make garments that are designed by materials such as paper, plastic, duct tape, or bubble wrap.

Mesa College President Dr. Pamela T. Luster presents Un-Fabric awards. Pictured LeVar Johnson (second place), Humberto Buisan (first place), and Brooke Druen (third place)

Jessica Sarmiento took home the first place in the Children’s Dress category. The segment is so cute with adorable children coming down the runway. Lorena Gonzales won the Millinery section. Mesa College President Dr. Pamela T. Luster, Vice-President Tim McGrath, and Mesa College deans modeled the student hats. Luster returned to the stage to present the awards to the students.

First place winner for the Un-Fabric category, Humberto Buisan

San Diego Mesa College provides associate of science degrees in fashion design, fashion merchandising, and computer fashion technology. If you are interested in more information about this terrific fashion program, visit

Upcoming Events

June 16 – SoCal Etsy Guild Artisan Market features local designers, live art, handmade vendors, and live music; located at the Amphitheater in the South Plaza of Horton Park from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, visit

Through June 26 – Fashion Redux: 90 Years of Fashion Exhibition at the San Diego History Center in Balboa Park. Showcases local students from San Diego Mesa College. For more information, visit

June 30 – One Fashionable Eve in San Diego presented by Ugochi Iwuabe at the Sandbox located at 325 15th St. from 4-10 p.m. Event includes fashion show, appetizers, drinks and live performances. For tickets, visit

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