Santa Cruz Good Times

Friday
Oct 31st
Text size
  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size

Designers, Make It Work

dress1Local artist/teacher hopes to expand annual teen fashion show with fundraising campaign

 

Kathleen Crocetti, a local artist and teacher at Mission Hill Middle School in Santa Cruz, seeks support to expand fashionTEENS Santa Cruz, an annual fashion show featuring the recycled designs of and modeled by middle and high school students in Santa Cruz County. Since its inception three years ago, the show has entertained sold-out crowds with one-of-a-kind outfits created with reconstructed clothes found in area thrift shops. The show has gotten so popular over the years that it now requires a much larger space than Mission Hill to accommodate the sell-out crowd. Crocetti has her eyes on the Civic Auditorium for this year’s event, scheduled to take place on April 17, and hopes that a Kickstarter campaign will help make that dream a reality.

Good Times: What inspired you to put on the fashionTEENS Santa Cruz show?

Kathleen Crocetti: I teach at Mission Hill Middle School, and for the past three years I have been in partnership with Goodwill. I take 112 students to the downtown store where they allow each student to take one item of clothing or an accessory for free. We go back to school, and with the help of an army of volunteers, we redesign the clothing by deconstructing and remaking them. We have outgrown the space at our school with standing-room-only shows.

How many teens will be participating in this year’s show (including designers, models, etc.)?

We expect to be able to accept 120 outfits to walk the runway. This, however, only represents the models. Many of the student designers will walk the runway in their own outfits, but others will have friends model for them.

Is this fashion show at all related to fashionART Santa Cruz?

Yes, Angelo Grova, the producer of fashionART, is on the fashionTEENS organization team, as are several other people connected with fashionART. I am so grateful to Lisa Litten and Tina Brown who are doing the heavy lifting in regards to planning and eventually running the show.

What is your background with fashion art?dress2

I was one of the designers for the Seventh Sense Fashion Show for nine years. In the first or second year of fashionART, [I was] asked to participate. I’ve been in the show four times. Generally my work involves “upcycling” multiples of odd found materials.

Why do you believe so many young people are interested in the fashion art world?

Fashion has always been a way to creatively express yourself [in order to] to give clues to the general public about your personality.

How is fashion art a good creative outlet for young adults?

It is an especially good outlet for people who might feel introverted or socially awkward, but who would like to be noticed and acknowledged for their creativity. Also, it does not have to be expensive, and you learn a lot of skills from making clothing.

What can people do if they want to get involved?

We need mentors—people who like to sew, and are willing to help a teen realize their designs. We also need hairdressers and make-up artists. We’d love to get two or three more food vendors to provide snacks at the after party we are having at the MAH. We have a Kickstarter campaign for the financial supporters.

What will the funds go toward?

Renting the Civic is seriously expensive, so hopefully we will break even. If we have any profits they will go to the art program at Mission Hill Middle School and to student scholarships.


fashionTEENS takes place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 17 at the Civic Auditorium, 307 Church St., Santa Cruz. Tickets are $7.50-18.50. For tickets, visit santacruztickets.com. For more information about fashionTEENS or to volunteer, visit http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/55126609/fashionteens or http://fashionteensantacruz.com/.

Comments (0)Add Comment

Write comment
smaller | bigger

busy
 

Share this on your social networks

Bookmark and Share

Share this

Bookmark and Share

 

Jawing

Monterey Bay scientists are working to crack the mysteries of—and dispel the myths about—great whites. But in the highly contentious world of shark experts, there’s a fin line between love and hate

 

Altars of Remembrance, Forgiveness & Rapprochement

We’re in Scorpio now—things mysterious, ageless, hidden, sometimes scary. Friday is Halloween; Saturday, All Saints Day; Sunday, All Soul’s Day. Sunday morning at 2 a.m. (after midnight), Daylight Savings Time ends. Clocks are turned back. Tuesday is the General Election. Our vote is our voice. Each vote matters. Applying freedom of choice—Libra’s teachings. It’s time to build Halloween, All Saints and All Souls altars—with marigolds, pumpkins, sugar skeletons, copal (incense), pomegranates, persimmons, candy corn and cookies, orange and black. It’s so Saturn (now in Scorpio). Saturn is the dweller on the threshold (like St. Peter at the gates of heaven). Saturn can look like a Halloween creature—a gargoyle—a fantastic dragon-like creature protecting sacred sites. The dweller (Saturn) stands at the door or threshold of sacred mysteries, wisdom temples, inner sanctums of churches, offering protection, scaring evil away. The last day of October and first two days of November, when veils between worlds thin and spirits roam about, are times of remembrance, forgiveness, reconciliation and rapprochement. These actions liberate us. At death, when reviewing our lives and the consequences of our actions if we have forgiven, then we are free, less encumbered with grief and sadness. We place forgiveness on our altars. Happy Halloween, everyone! It’s good to dress up as what we’re afraid of. Or whom we would mentor. Then we become one with them. Note to readers: by Thanksgiving I will need a place to live (with purpose). Please contact me if you know of a place where I can rest for awhile. Teach and build community. [email protected] I will be leaving my mother’s home for the last time.

 

The New Tech Nexus

Community leaders in science and technology unite to form web-based networking program

 

Not Cool

Even Bill Murray’s hipster cred can’t elevate ‘St. Vincent’
Sign up for Good Times weekly newsletter
Get the latest news, events

RSS Feed Burner

 Subscribe in a reader

Latest Comments

 

Back Nine Grill & Bar

The secrets of remodeling and juicy steak

 

What is Santa Cruz’s biggest eyesore?

David Finn, Santa Cruz, Graduate Student

 

Alberti Vineyards

Looking for some blood-red wine for your Halloween party? Then I have a recommendation for a new brew.

 

Turning Point

New revolving restaurant on the wharf, plus Cafe Ivéta and the last great Jack cheese