Fashion Files – Dec. 2017

Posted: December 1st, 2017 | Columnists, Fashion Files, Featured | No Comments

By Diana Cavagnaro

‘Medavog Couture’

Francisco Medavog recently showcased his latest women and men’s fashion collections.

The women’s collection was called “Art meets Fashion” and was featured at the Hard Rock Hotel’s Bar 207 on Nov. 11.

Francisco Medavog (center) pictured with models wearing his artistic designs and Carlene McKnight’s headpieces (Photo by Diana Cavagnaro)

Models from The Visions Art Museum’s Luminous Fashion show. (Photo by Diana Cavagnaro)

Models came out showing off these imaginative creations that were brilliantly topped off with headpieces by Carlene McKnight of Feisty Fashions Millinery. Medavog creates artistic garments for the female figure and McKnight compliments them with knockout fascinators.

Medavog launched his first men’s collection, called “Black Noir” on Nov. 16. The entire collection was created in black and again topped off with awesome headpieces by Carlene McKnight. Medavog has spent 25 years creating femme-inspired couture. In the past, his collections have been swimwear, resort pieces, and cocktail dresses. I especially loved his “The White and Silver Collection Erte.”

He has shown in cities throughout the U.S. and abroad, which included the 1992 Olympics in Seville, Spain. Medavog has also presented in galleries and museums, including his collection at the famous Playboy mansion.

Models from The Visions Art Museum’s Luminous Fashion show. (Photo by Diana Cavagnaro)

The debut of his men’s collection was at the Brick Bar in Hillcrest. The Red Notes performed live during the fashion show with special guest Koras. For more information, visit

‘Luminous Fashion’

The Visions Art Museum presented “Luminous Fashion” on Nov. 16, in the arts and culture district of Liberty Station.

The runway fashion show consisted of garments and headpieces that brightly lit up the dark. This amazing use of fashion technology was created by San Diego Mesa College students in the Textile Design Class, Independent Study, and Millinery, using fiber optics, neon pixels and more.Participants included Mesa College faculty, who brought some stunning pieces to the runway.

In addition, there were three from the Salk Women and Science Design and Discovery Fashion Showcase who also contributed to the fashion show. They included Marty Ornish, who named her gown and headpiece Seuss Science; Tammie Pontsler, who named her garment Sweet Lizzie and was awarded Best Translation of Science; and Rachel Merrill executed her design called Light Dance and was awarded the Most Innovative.

Models from The Visions Art Museum’s Luminous Fashion show. (Photo by Diana Cavagnaro)

The fashion show was narrated and curated by Susan Lazear, professor of fashion at Mesa College. For more information, visit

Visions Art Museum exhibits contemporary quilts and textiles. Currently, the exhibits are named “Seductive Settings,” “Through the Grid,” “Interpretations: Conversations,” and the Visions member challenge, “Fused Grid.” These exhibits will be on display until Jan. 7, 2018. For more information, visit

Upcoming events

Dec. 10 | Silk & Spice Luxury Couture Fashion Show — A Couture Collection by Giti Kooshkani, a California-based international fashion designer. 5 p.m. Soufi Mediterranean Cuisine, 5915 Balboa Ave., in Clairemont. 5–7 p.m. $25. For tickets, visit

Dec. 10 | Gaslamp 10th annual Holiday Pet Parade — Pets and their owners are dressed in their favorite holiday costumes and parade through the streets of the Gaslamp. There will be a parade and pet expo at Martin Luther King Jr. Promenade Park. 1–5 p.m. 401 K St., Gaslamp Quarter. Free to watch, $15 entry fee per pet in advance, $20 day of. Come watch the stylish dressed or register your pet today. Visit to register and for contest rules and categories.

— Diana Cavagnaro is an internationally renowned couture milliner based in the Historic Gaslamp Quarter. Learn more about our hat designer, teacher and blogger at

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