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Corporate Sponsors Allow Students to Showcase Fashion’s Hottest Looks


Beautifully embellished blue jeans, formal evening wear and a range of fashions in between, all focusing on the theme “Mood Indigo,” take the runway Saturday, June 6 at Victoria Gardens Cultural Center in Rancho Cucamonga when The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire hosts its first major fashion show. Photos courtesy of Miss Me.

(SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.) Some of fashions hottest looks are coming to the Inland Empire for  “Mood Indigo,” The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire’s first major fashion show.

 It takes place Saturday, June 6 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m at the Victoria Gardens Cultural Center in Rancho Cucamonga. There is no admission charge.

Corporate sponsors for this show include Miss Me Jeans (www.missme.com), which is part of Los Angeles-based fashion company Miss Me and Bebe (www.bebe.com), also based in Los Angeles.

“Miss Me’s denim jeans are highly embellished with studs and beautiful embroidery on the pockets,” explained Sherry West, academic director for fashion at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire. “And Bebe is all about combining sophistication and elegance with sporty fashion.”

Bebe first opened in 1976 as one San Francisco boutique. CEO Manny Mashouf has now expanded the chain to 213 stores in 35 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Canada. Bebe.com launched in 1998.

Bebe, with southern California stores in Victoria Gardens, Los Angeles’ Century Plaza and Beverly Hills’ Beverly Center, targets young women who are assertive, sexy and stylish. Its fashions are hip, sophisticated and body conscious.

“The Bebe woman is not defined by how she looks, but by her attitude,” said Mashouf.  “She is confident and cutting edge and demands the same from her clothing.”

Miss Me’s lines include Miss Me Jeans, Sweet Miss Me and Miss Me Couture. It also has a children’s line, Miss Me Girls.

 “Our single purpose is to dress the modern girl who is no longer definable, but multi-dimensional in character and style,” said Dorothy Kim, brand manager. “With this recognition and appreciation, Miss Me designs for those who hold a multitude of passions, personas and cultures.

“Successfully capturing the many identities of a woman, Miss Me lines provide versatile pieces that represent every facet of the Miss Me woman – from casual wear, formal wear to nightlife styles. Miss Me has grown to be everyone’s favorite piece in the closet, never compromising comfort for style.”

Mood Indigo, a name West developed, capitalizes on both indigo, the color of most denim products and “Mood Indigo,” a composition by the legendary jazz musician Duke Ellington.

For both of the fashion sponsors, it is their first fashion show in The Inland Empire. Mood Indigo’s professional producer, Quyenzi Pham of Q.Z. Productions, contacted members of the sponsors’ executive teams. Upon learning more about The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire from Pham, they decided Mood Indigo, with its focus on training future fashion industry professionals, is a venture worthy of support.

The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Game Art & Design, Graphic Design, Web Design & Interactive Media, Interior Design, Fashion & Retail Management, and Media Arts & Animation. It offers an Associate of Science degree in Graphic Design, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Fashion Design.

The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire offers an Associate of Science degree in Culinary Arts and a Bachelor of Science degree in Culinary Management.

Each program is offered on a year-round basis, allowing students to work uninterrupted toward their degrees.

It’s not too late to start a new term at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire. Courses begin July 13 and classes are offered in the day, evening and on weekends for new and reentry students.

For more information, or to arrange a tour, call Richard Green at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire at (909) 915-2100 or go on line to www.artinstitutes.edu/InlandEmpire.

The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire is one of the Art Institutes (www.artinstitutes.edu/), a system of over 40 educational institutions located throughout North America, providing an important source of design, media arts, fashion and culinary arts professionals.

 

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