Faculty Spotlight: Getting to Know Rebecca Waldron

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Photo Courtesy of bodomint.com

Rebecca is one of the newest members of OCC’s fashion department. She teaches Fashion 182: Professional Practices. Rebecca is actually a OCC alum and received her AA degree here before transferring to BYU Hawaii. She came back  to OCC later on to get her certificate in Fashion Design. When Rebecca was in the fashion program, she particularly loved Fashion 115: Intro to Careers in Fashion  and Fashion 135: Design in Everyday Life. Christina Amaral, another teacher in the OCC fashion department, was one teacher that stood out to her when in the program. She remembers Chris being a great mentor when she was in the intro class.

            Rebecca has had close ties with OCC since she went here of course, but her legacy extends beyond her own enrollment. OCC has been a part of Rebecca’s family history for quite some time, both her grandparents and parents also went to Orange Coast College! Rebecca’s grandparents (pictured below) actually met in a OCC speech class.

Grandparents Wedding
Photo courtesy of Rebecca Waldron

And her parents (pictured below) went to OCC ’65 prom together. 

OCC Prom 65
Photo courtesy of Rebecca Waldron

Besides teaching, Rebecca spends her time with her two crazy boys, going to Disneyland, and going to different parks around her neighborhood. She also started a business called Bodomint, where she sells diaper bags. Rebecca explained that the company started on Kickstarter, and was a fun and hard experience launching a brand. The idea for the company started when she was  living in Hawaii and couldn’t find a diaper bag that met her and her husband’s needs and style.

Some words of advice from Rebecca to OCC fashion students is to, “find a job you really love and don’t be afraid to work your way up. You might have to start at the bottom first.”

– Reme Immegart


The Way Way Back

OCC fashion department instructor Shane Geil recently took his Fashion 118: Trend Forecasting class to MEOW Vintage in Long Beach, CA on a hunt for vintage styles. The purpose of this trip was to identify some trends that may be making a come back, and some styles that are definitely remaining buried in the back of your closets.

During our trip I spotted several items that were very in-line with today’s current runway trends. 

The first thing I spotted was this cropped blue sheer ruffled jacket. All the elements of this jacket – its crop length, shimmer material, and ruffles – are all currently on trend and reminded me of what Gucci is presenting for 2017. Finding this cute puffy-shouldered jacket in the racks seemed like a jack pot find. 

Photo: Tyler Shepherd & Gucci 2017 courtesy  Gucci.com

Next, I found this leather jacket featuring large embroidered racing motifs and decals. It is right inline with the racing styles we have seen in the last few seasons from brands like Vetements, and is a definite instant street-style classic. The bright colors and extremely oversized fit would have any hype beast turning their head.

Photo: Tyler Shepperd & Vetements 2016 courtesy Vogue.com

The one item I found that I don’t expect to have a return to the runway anytime soon was an ill-fitting knitted vest with cartoon style flowers knitted on top.  This piece screams anything but chic… maybe a nice gift for your grandmother who can’t see very well! 


But…then again,  you never know when a style comeback will surprise you!

Photo: Tyler Shepperd & Christopher Kane F/W 2017 courtesy of IMGmodels.com

– Lauren Becker & Tyler Shepperd