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Project Connect Season 4
Project Connect Season 4 2016
Project Connect, a night of Fashion, Fun and Charity for the New Mexico Autism Society, held its 4th event Saturday, September 10th at Effex Nightclub in downtown Albuquerque.
Since its inception, Albuquerque Apparel Center has awarded one winner a designer or vendor package at New Mexico Fashion Week.  This year, AAC founder and award winning designer Melissa Lea participated as a designer. The New Mexico Autism Society provided each designer with 1 yard of Autism Awareness Puzzle Piece fabric. From this and added chosen fabric, designers created a vintage (1940's-1950's) or new in 2016 Roaring 20's (1920's) inspired garment. Garment Inspirations categories included Red Carpet Marilyn Monroe, Riveting Rosie, Mad for Mrs. Betty Draper, Teasingly Dita Von Teese, Bettie Page on the Beach, We Love Lucy, Elegant Audrey Hepburn, and Smokin' Joan C rawford, Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel, Colleen Moore, Greta Garbo, Louise Brooks, Dorothy Sebastian and Joan Crawford, and Doris Hill.
Each designer's creation was showcased and judged based on creativity, style and personality.  Melissa Lea's design choice was a high-waist pant and top inspired by Coco Chanel's 1920s designs and propelled into the spotlight by beauties Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford and Coco herself.  "I absolutely love the styles of the early 1900's - 1940's.  In the past, I've designed elaborate dresses most people relate to the Titanic era. Designing the high-waist pant for Project Connect was a fun change of pace for me and it was a big hit at the event, something different", Melissa commented. Her design won 3rd place. A live auction concluded the show where each design was auctioned off to benefit the New Mexico Autism Society.
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New Mexico Fashion Week Looks To 2018
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New Mexico Fashion Week is currently looking at 2018 dates.

As we move forward, we will be looking at sponsorship and investment opportunities.  If you have interest in investing, or leads for potential investors, sponsors, or advertisers, it will help us calculate our capital needs.
Previous events attendance and participation included an average of 600 attendees, 80 models, and up to a dozen designers. It is the premier event of the Albuquerque Apparel Center, which also provides industry based instructional classes in sewing, pattern making, and other fashion related areas, as well as runway camps for aspiring and seasoned models.  AAC also provides fashion design services for those looking to have a special garment designed to basic wardrobe.
AAC School Of Fashion Design Classes
3-Hour and 6-Week Fashion Design Classes going on year-round!
  • Are you a Project Runway 
    who wants to become a fashion designer too? 
  • Current designer who wants to improve their sewing and pattern making skills?
  • Do you want to learn how to make your own clothing?
  • Want to learn how to sew?
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AAC Founder and Designer Melissa Lea Beasley instructing student in Flat Pattern Making Class.

Learn the aesthetics of high-end fashion couture garment and wearable art construction techniques in a tranquil environment.

From concept to consumer, we cover inspirational concepts, flat pattern design/drafting & draping, sewing, and more!
Various class levels offered from learning to set up, operate, and trouble-shoot a sewing machine to making and manipulating patterns. Choose a 3-hour class f ocusing on buttonholes, pockets, zippers, seam finishing techniques and more.  We also offer in-depth classes meeting once a week for 6 weeks.
AAC School of Fashion Design provides a quality apparel education to all ages with emphasis on individual attention. We guide students in revealing their creative talents, assist them in the growth and expansion  of those talents, and provide them opportunities to
share  their talents with others that provides them a means of
financial support, fulfillment in life, and service to others.
In addition, we provide mentorship programs for
schools and organizations. 
Runway Model Camp
Get the walk, the look, the runway attitude!
Our camp will give you everything you need
to walk the runway with confidence!
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Two-Day Intensive Camp for the Runway Model in you! 

Learn how to properly walk the runway & pose for the cameras & take directions from the photographers, Product Presentation, Confidence, Poise, Attitude, Backstage Magic & Organization, and Model Tips for your success.  

Upon completion, each model will receive:
1. Four print quality digital images for professional and personal use. 
2. Digital version of models Comp Card. 
3. Official Graduation Certificate from the Albuquerque Apparel Center (New Mexico Fashion Week) Runway Modeling Camp.
Small classes to provide you with individual attention.
Preferred age is 12 or older.  
If your child is younger, call us to discuss.
November 05 & 06, 2016 (Saturday-Sunday)
11:00 am - 4:00 pm 
or via Eventbrite.com. (Direct Eventbrite.com links available on AAC website.)
Presented by: Albuquerque Apparel Center (over 25 years of fashion design, education, modeling, and runway production experience) & Creative Juices Productions (Int'l Award Winning Photographers, Directors, Producers)
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October 2016
A Stitch In WINE!
Join us for A Stitch In WINE!,
A fun evening of sewing and conversation while enjoying a nice glass of WINE or other preferred beverage!

Details soon via newsletter and abqapparelcenter.com
Dreaming of a garment? 
Award Winning Fashion Designer, Melissa Lea
can make it a reality!
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Couture:  High End, Partially Hand-Sewn, Custom-Made Clothing Designed To Fit Your Measurements.  
Costume:  Character Garments Such As Renaissance, Old West, and Steampunk Attire.
Custom:  Simple, Everyday Garments.  
Melissa Lea
Clothing Design Services
505.803.6966 melissalea.com
Creative Juice Prod Wh
We are a professional production company specializing in filmmaking, videography for business and musicians, portraits, head shots, models, fashion and commercial photography. John Altendorf is a Producer, Writer, Director and Videographer for television and film for over 30 years. Carole is a Professional Photographer and member in good standing with the Professional Photographers of America. She is also a Film Producer, Casting Director, and Writer with over 25 years experience. Together, we create the highest quality product . Please visit our website to view the range of work we do.
Creative Juices Productions
Living naturally & healthy
is  a lifestyle.  
It takes time and dedication.   But it's an EASY dedication. Melissa can teach you how.
Melissa Lea ~  Wholistic Wellness Educator.
(Helping your "Whole" 
Body, Mind, & Spirit)
505.803.6966 melissalea.com
Advertise with AAC!
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About AAC
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The mission of the Albuquerque Apparel Center is to foster the growth of New Mexico's apparel and accessory industry by connecting New Mexico companies and individuals within the industry, providing guidance to apparel start-ups, 
offering classes & educational workshops/camps, and providing custom design & pattern services.
Albuquerque Apparel Center
New Mexico Fashion Week
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