July 11th, 2012
Ulster BOCES fashion show highlights students’ designs
A model sports one of the Fashion & Merchandising student’s interesting designs as she makes her way down the runway at the fourth annual Ulster BOCES Fashion Show, held recently at New Paltz High School.
NEW PALTZ - The atmosphere at New Paltz High School resembled fashion week in Paris.
On a black, lit runway reverberating with a blend of hip-hop, jazz, and classical music, models did the familiar runway walk while modeling stylish fashions created by Ulster BOCES Career & Technical Center students.
Students who participated in the Ulster BOCES Fashion Design & Merchandising program used various fabrics such as chiffon, leather, silk, jersey knit, and metallic sheeting to create dresses, shirts, headbands, shorts, and more.
This year, the show’s theme, “Who I am,” allowed students to express themselves and embrace their individuality while appreciating each others’ differences. The theme, said Angela Kunz, Ulster BOCES Fashion Design & Merchandising instructor, addressed the pressures students face from the media.
Bombarded by reality TV, fashion magazines, and Internet images, students might need to be reminded they don’t have to believe or accept everything they see or hear.
“Overall, I am a believer,” said Saugerties senior Brooke Michaels, explaining how the theme fit into her design. “I was rejected by two colleges and I thought that was the worst thing. Then I was accepted by Buffalo State University of New York, and now I have an internship with Tommy Hilfiger!”
One of the challenges Kunz faced this year was that it was the first time she had a larger group of first-year, junior students compared to the more seasoned seniors who act as mentors in the program. “I am proud of all of them. Being able to come up with a concept and design, and seeing it to the end is empowering,” Kunz said.
Angie Cordero modeled younger sister Jasmine Eason’s floor-length red silk dress, which featured a leather belt sewn on the bodice and a leather embellished neckline. “It’s comfortable,” said Cordero. “I would definitely wear it to a nice dinner.” Both sisters agreed the program has been a positive experience for the Kingston High School senior, who had struggled with attendance prior to participating in the program.
Kunz said the show couldn’t have been a success without students from many Ulster BOCES programs. Backstage, Ulster BOCES Cosmetology students styled hair and applied makeup for the models, who then strolled down a runway constructed by Carpentry/Building Trades students. Graphic & Visual Arts students created posters, programs, and T-shirts; New Visions Media and Game Design students made a videotape shown during the course of the evening; and Hospitality, Culinary Arts, and Pastry Arts students served up refreshments.
The Fashion Design and Merchandising program is the perfect training ground for a career in the fashion and merchandising fields. Students use state-of-the-art equipment in an authentic working environment at the Career & Technical Center in Port Ewen.
The curriculum covers such topics as the design and construction of apparel, the study of fabric and color, fashion history and illustration, and jewelry and accessory design. The program also integrates English language arts and mathematics State Learning Standards into the curriculum.