Fashion Student Cutting the Cloth in Competition
Long Beach City College fashion student Pamela Kossek turned a donated bolt of fabric into an award-winning fashion design.
With a strong desire to enter something in the LBCC Fashion Show and limited funds, Kossek delved into the extra madras plaid fabric that was available in the LBCC Fashion Design program. With the donated fabric she designed a piece that captured first place in last May’s Fashion Show in the Women’s Contemporary Sportswear design, as well as a trophy and a $1,000 scholarship from the California Fashion Foundation (CFF).
Kossek created a cotton and sheer silk organza bodice with a wrap skirt of tiered ruffles that reminds Fashion Program Director Pamela Knights of a Vivian Westwood design style.
“She really is an artist,” said Knights. “We were so impressed that this student, with no finances, was able to utilize donated material from our fabric room and ended up winning one thousand dollars.”
Kossek was recognized during a CFF event at the California Market Center where students presented their fashion designs. For the past five years, LBCC has been participating and competing in the CFF event against students from other community colleges and universities.