Two students design for KC Fashion Week

March 20, 2017


Two student fashion designers from Johnson County Community College have been chosen to share their styles at Kansas City Fashion Week (KCFW).

Two student fashion designers from Johnson County Community College – Keilah Jadow and Roger Rigueroa - have been chosen to share their styles at Kansas City Fashion Week (KCFW). Both are working to obtain associate degrees in apparel design and technology.

Keilah Jadlow describes her designs as nostalgic. She loves thrift stores and draws her inspiration from the 1970s. She’s a big fan of jewel tones and rust-hued textures, she said. Be prepared to see lots of ruffles on her pieces. “It’s a really girly vibe,” she said.

As an eight-year veteran of retail sales, Jadlow has always enjoyed fashion but wondered if she was good enough to be a designer. A customer gave her the shot of confidence she needed, and she enrolled at JCCC.

Roger Figueroa is participating in KCFW for the second time. In his last show, he favored colorful, form-fitting silhouettes. This year, he is trying his take on fashions straight from Paris and London: androgynous silhouettes, big collars and draped fabrics. “Personally, I think I’ve been through three different (design) stages, and I think it’s great, because I’ve tried it all,” he said.

JCCC Fashion Merchandising and Design

Joy Rhodes, professor and chair of fashion merchandising and design at JCCC is thrilled to have so many students in the show.

“Our own department (fashion) show on April 28 gives students great experience, but Fashion Week gives them a chance to work alongside professionals, not just other students,” she said. “We’re incredibly happy to have these students represent JCCC.”

For more information about fashion merchandising and design at JCCC, contact Rhodes at 913-469-8500, ext. 3381.