The evening began with a cocktail reception and silent auction. FCC founder Patricia O’Connor was chair and KUSI news anchor Sandra Maas was mistress of ceremonies. Victoria Hamilton, Judy Smith, Bridgepoint Education and California Marine were also honored.
The most popular segment, as always, was the Make-A-Wish portion of the fashion show, in which students designed creations for celebrity models and Make-A-Wish children who modeled on the runway. The celebrities were La Jollan Margo Schwab (The Social Diary), Ashley Alcala (Miss Greater San Diego), Maas, Alexander Rosa (Art Rocks 24-7) and Jesus Estrada (Project Runway Season 7 contestant).
This extravaganza debuted the FCC students’ collections, and the theme for the evening was “Fashion Déjà Vu.” The finale concluded with 13 costumes designed by students from the Timken Museum and FCC’s third annual Art of Fashion. Tanya McAnear coordinated the show with Pam Wilson (producer/choreographer).
Proceeds from the event went to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which granted 187 wishes to children with life threatening medical conditions this year.
— Cavagnaro has been in the fashion business for 28 years as a milliner (hat designer), a fashion journalist and photographer, and a fashion teacher at San Diego Mesa College. She is a member and former regional director of The Fashion Group International® of San Diego, Inc. and her “Fashion Files” column has appeared in the La Jolla Village News and the San Diego Downtown News for more than seven years.