SAN MARCOS (April 25, 2016) – The Palomar College Merchandising and Design program will present its annual fashion show, MODA, Express Yourself on Friday, May 6 at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido Concert Hall.

The event will showcase nearly 200 one-of-a-kind garments created by student designers and shown by more than 50 models.  Fashion collections from 12 student designers will be featured in the annual catwalk production. The program will also include a presentation from fashion industry guest speaker Leonard Simpson.

Simpson is well known for Fashion Forward®, a nationwide company which orchestrates high-style fashion shows from Beverly Hills to New York City. Simpson’s experience spans two decades on the Oscars Golden Globe and Emmys Red Carpet as a style reporter.

“Leonard Simpson is the face of fashion for San Diego,” said Rita Campo Griggs, fashion professor. “We are very excited to have him at this event, and to be showing off the innovative designs of our students.”

Campo Griggs said that more than 1,000 guests attended Palomar’s MODA fashion show last year, including fashion industry professionals, students and teachers from high schools with fashion programs and or clubs.

Tickets are available at the California Center for the Arts Concert Hall box office, 340 North Escondido Blvd, Escondido California 92025, or on the Center website, Ticket prices are $15 Orchestra, $12 Mezzanine, $20 at the Door. For more information about this event or fashion/merchandising and design classes, contact Campo-Griggs, 760-744-1150, ext. 2347,

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Melinda Finn, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150, ext. 2365
Laura Gropen, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150 x2152
Rita Campo-Griggs, Merchandising and Design, 760-744-1150, ext. 2347