Fashion field trip an "amazing" experience
Student groups from our high school often go on field trips to further their studies. Students on these trips usually pay their own way. Recently, Deborah Strother, who teaches fashion and design at Lake Havasu High School, offered to write something for us after her fashion and design advanced class returned from a trip to Los Angeles. Here is her report.
According to student Travis, "The L.A. trip was amazing!"
Our trip to Los Angeles was very fun and educational. We left Lake Havasu High School at midnight, Thursday, November 8 on a bus that took us to the Needles train station. Everyone slept at least a few hours on the train and we arrived in L.A. at 7:30 a.m.
We started our tour by taking the subway to Pershing Square then walking to the California Market Center. The California Mart’s web site describes it as:
As student Alyssa put it, "We were lucky enough to tour the Mart while they were having 'sample sales' and we were able to visit many showrooms." In a few of the showrooms the salesperson took the time to explain to the students what goes on at the Mart, and how designers and manufactures put samples of their garments in these showrooms so buyers can come from all over the world to place orders for their stores.
The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising was our next stop. FIDM is self described as, "A co-educational, specialized, private college dedicated to educating students for the Fashion, Graphics, Interior Design and Entertainment industries." Before our tour we visited the Scholarship Store. This store sells donated merchandise to raise scholarship money for FIDM students. Our LHHS students were able to buy designer ends (fabric donated to FIDM by local designers) for $1.00 a yard. We then took a tour of the school. Student Jourdann says, "My favorite part of our trip was our visit at FIDM . . . the lady guide made me want to go (to FIDM)." Bianca liked the tour of FIDM “because I can see what opportunities there are in college." Taylor found it "very interesting and educational."
After a quick lunch we finally made it to what Ashley calls, "The best part of the trip . . . Michael Levine's. It is a really big store with a lot to choose from . . . we spent a lot of time there and I found everything I wanted." Levine’s calls itself, "the largest one-stop fabric shop in the Los Angeles garment district."
Annalisa found the trip "a wonderful experience," and liked that on our walk back to Pershing Square "we accidentally walked on to a movie set!" Jamianne documented the trip with over 200 photos. (Some of which you see here.)
We enjoyed a great dinner on Olvera Street then back on the train at 7:00 p.m. for our ride home. Student Shellie sums up the trip to L.A.:
Other photos from the trip. (Click picture for a larger view.)