Costume design students win contest

NORWALK - Two of Cerritos College's costuming students competed in the Renaissance Pleasure Faire's Elizabethan Costume Competition on May 16 in Irwindale, and many weeks of hard work paid off as both students won prizes.Alba Bermudez won first place in the Adult Peasant Category and Patricia Ramirez won second place in the Adult Nobility Category. Bermudez, of Whittier, is a beginning costume student while Ramirez, a Cerritos resident, is an advanced costume student. Both students spent months building every piece of their costume, from the corset to the hats. They worked in the costume shop until 3:15 a.m. before the competition. Susan Watanabe, costume design instructor, has been sending Cerritos College costuming students to this competition for nearly 20 years. "We are proud of these students for their dedication and many hours of hard work," she said. "These are very difficult, time intensive projects. Their drive to complete their projects down to the minute details and still meet the deadline are work qualities that will ensure success in whatever career they choose. These are the type of work ethics we try to instill in all of our students."

********** Published: June 4, 2010 - Volume 9 - Issue 7