Our fashion laboratory has been a busy, busy place.

The El Paso Community College Fashion Technology laboratories are currently humming with activity from early morning until late night.  It is great to see the students working so hard to define their future.  EPCC fashion students are currently busy finalizing their store buying projects for FSHN Fashion Buying and the results are looking very good.  Perhaps the most exciting part for this observer is the love of math that is growing.  As I watched the impromptu Excel “workshop” last night, I could feel the excitement of knowing, knowing how to develop the six month dollar merchandising plan, knowing how to distribute retail purchases to keep a store properly stocked, knowing that friendships are best when friends work together to achieve dreams based on knowledge and skill.

Well, let’s just say that it does this teacher’s heart good. 

Most of us have just “come off” two huge promotions run by the students of FSHN Fashion Promotion — the Jewels of the Desert fashion show fundraiser for The Woman’s Club of El Paso, held March 27th at the El Paso Country Club and our annual Recycle2Go trashion design competition and show at the Carlos M. Ramirez TecH2O Center on April 17th — and, although everyone is sleep deprived and exhausted, most are even more pumped to learn, work, work, and learn.  Keep it up and you will see the value of your labors turning your dreams to gold!

Rosario Contreras’s work for FSHD 2344 Fashion Collection Production has kept her working in the fashion lab most of the semester.  Her Mondrian inspired collection is amazing.  It is great to see Rosario’s growth as a designer, pattern maker, and producer.  We cannot wait to see the finished collection.

So, even though we are all pushing so hard, let’s take a moment to celebrate the hard work and determination that we see all around us in the fashion labs.  Let’s grow the future with the efforts of this day!


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