Fashion Files: Golden Hangar Awards, Medavog and Zupan
by Diana Cavagnaro
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Celebrity model Alexandra Rosa on the runway with two Make-A-Wish children at the Golden Hanger Fashion Show Awards. 	
	Photo by Diana Cavagnaro
Celebrity model Alexandra Rosa on the runway with two Make-A-Wish children at the Golden Hanger Fashion Show Awards. Photo by Diana Cavagnaro
‘Fashion Déjà Vu’

Fashion Careers College (FCC) presented its 24th annual Golden Hanger Fashion Show Awards Gala on Nov. 13 at the Town & Country Resort and Convention Center. FCC founder Patricia O’Connor was chair and KUSI-TV news anchor Sandra Maas was mistress of ceremonies. Awards were presented to individuals who have given philanthropic contributions to the San Diego community. Phyllis Parrish, Victoria Hamilton, Judy Smith, Bridgepoint Education and California Marine were honored for their dedication to the arts.

The most popular segment is always the Make-A-Wish portion of the fashion show. Students design creations for celebrity models and Make-A-Wish children, and the fashions are modeled on the runway. The celebrities were downtown’s Alexandra Rosa (Art Rocks 24-7), Margo Schwab (The Social Diary), Ashley Alcala (Miss Greater San Diego), Jesus Estrada (“Project Runway Season 7” contestant) and Maas. The audience was moved as the celebrities and Make-A-Wish children came down the runway.

This extravaganza debuted the collections of FCC students and the theme for the evening was “Fashion Déjà Vu.” The finale concluded with 13 costumes designed by the students from the Timken Museum and FCC’s third Annual Art of Fashion exhibit. Tanya McAnear coordinated this entertaining show with Pam Wilson (producer/choreographer).

The Make-A-Wish Foundation was the recipient of the proceeds for the event. This fabulous organization grants wishes to children with life threatening medical conditions and has already given 187 wishes this year.

‘Erte in the 21st Century’

“Erte in the 21st Century” was the theme for Francisco Medavog’s latest collection on Nov. 20 at Planet Rooth Design Haus on Fifth Avenue. The models gracefully came down the staircase holding on to the beautiful wrought iron railing that lead to the catwalk. The collection reflected old Hollywood glamour accessorized by the jewelry of Angela Picaard and Cirello. Medavog’s interpretation of ‘Erte in the 21st Century’ showed off both exotic and romantic pieces to a crowd that went wild with enthusiasm and thunderous applause.

Planet Rooth Design Haus is owned and operated by furniture designer Gustav Rooth and jewelry designer Angela Piccard. Rooth designs furniture from bourbon wine barrels and Picaard designs one-of-a-kind jewelry. These designs are called up-cycling and are made from Lucite and vintage pieces of metal. Rooth was the originator of Ray at Night and this location promises to be another epicenter of art and design.

‘No Place Like Home’

Natasha Zupan arrived from Mallorca, Spain to show her new collection “No Place Like Home” at the Alexander Salazar Fine Art Gallery. The process for Zupan’s artwork is to: create a collage, make a digital print and then paint on top of that. Zupan combines fashion and art by adding silk, cashmere, wool and polyester materials to her creations. This artwork combines experimental with traditional work. Each piece is designed on several different levels, leaving a variety of interpretations to the viewer.

Zupan was commissioned by fashion designer Zang Toi to create two large Marie Antoinette portraits that were shown on the runway at Bryant Park in 2007 to complement his Marie Antoinette-themed collection. The interior design of Zang Toi’s Upper East Side apartment is also in a Marie Antoinette theme and includes these two masterpieces. They are made with white gold, palladium and oil, and took two months to finish.

Zupan has been named the muse for Larusmiani, which is the maker of top-level fabrics and tailored designs in Milan. This company supplies hig- quality fabric to Zupan to create magic with her artwork. Check out the February Italian Vanity Fair issue, which will have a nine-page spread of Zupan in gorgeous haute couture designs. “No Place Like Home” will be on display for the next three months at 640 Broadway or visit: The gallery is also showing some of her collection from “Flesh Fold,” which is designed with bras and underwear.

Upcoming events

• Dec. 4 — Model Training Centers’ second anniversary gala at the Horton Plaza Event Space. (619) 220-8770

• Dec. 5 — Fourth annual Holiday Hit List at Masonic Hall, 3795 Utah St. from noon to 6 p.m. Holiday shopping extravaganza and fashion show.

• Dec. 5 — Tailgate at the Fleetwood, 10 a.m. at 639 “J” St., for the San Diego Chargers vs. Oakland Raiders game. Larry English’s T-shirts will be for sale and 50 percent of the proceeds will be donated to his L.E.A.D. Foundation.

• Dec. 15 — Leonard Simpson’s 2010 Best Dressed Awards & Holiday Charity Fashion Show at the Westgate Hotel, 1055 Second Ave. (800) 522-1564

— Diana Cavagnaro is a nationally-recognized hat designer and milliner. Diana has operated a fashion business for 28 years, the last 18 years in the Gaslamp Quarter. She has taught in the Fashion Department at San Diego Mesa College for 18 years. Diana is a member of the Gaslamp Quarter Association, the American Sewing Guild, the San Diego Costume Council and the Fashion Group International.
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