LA Mode 2018: A Preview

The L.A. Mode Fashion Show is coming back for its 26th consecutive year. Santa Monica College students in the Fashion and Merchandising Department will be presenting their own clothing pieces in an upcoming show as part of completing two years in the department.

This year's show will showcase 19 different collections, each unique to a student designer. The pieces will be worn and showcased by models as they strut to music playing down the runway. SMC professors La Tanya Lewis and Jan Ardell will be leading the event, along with Lorrie Ivas as the industry liaison and Wynn Armstrong who will be helping with fashion technology, according to SMC's website.

Each of the students' collections will be judged by a panel of industry professionals, some of whom include SMC alumni. The winner will receive various donated prizes from Joe Vecchiarelli, Blick Art Materials, an advisory board member, and support from the Los Angeles fashion industry.

In addition to the fashion department, whose students designed the fashion pieces, the photography and cosmetology departments will also be helping with the show. Students from the photography department will be shooting the event, while cosmetology students will be doing the hair and make-up for the models.

Santa Monica College's annual fashion show will again be held at Santa Monica High School's Barnum Hall, starting at 7 p.m. next Monday on June 11. Tickets can be purchased online at; they are $25 for the general public and $20 for students.