Jesus Returns

Before appearing as a contestant on the hit Bravo TV series Project Runway, Jesus Estrada attended San Diego’s Fashion Careers College (FCC). On November 13, Estrada returns to the spotlight, joining other FCC grads and students displaying their work at the 24th annual Golden Hanger Fashion Awards Gala.

FCC’s largest annual event, The Golden Hangers celebrate creative excellence among students while honoring those fashionistas whose humanitarian efforts transcend their designs. The overarching theme, says FCC founder Patricia O’Connor, is philanthropy. For example, during one of the event’s most popular segments, local celebrities (including KUSI-TV’s Sandra Maas) will strut the runway flanked by children associated with the Make A Wish Foundation.

O’Connor launched FCC in 1979 with fewer than 10 students. Since then, she has developed the school into a bustling educational institution that prepares students for careers in design and the business side of fashion. At the end of each year, Golden Hangers are awarded to those that best exemplify the spirit of giving back to the community. Of the five award recipients this year, one is launching micro-businesses in Tanzania, while another is helping fuel arts and cultural projects in San Diego.

Could the next Rachael Zoe be in our midst? Is a Finest City Project Runway in the works at Bravo? Find out November 13 at the Town & Country Resort & Convention Center in Mission Valley. Tickets are $125 for dinner and the fashion show or $50 for the show only. Visit

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On A Tear

Jesus Estrada’s rise to fame was fueled, in part, by a wildly popular local magazine. (Guess which one.) In April 2008, he competed against other FCC students vying to have their design work showcased on the cover of PacificSD. Shown here is Estrada’s submission, which fashioned out of recycled magazine pages.