It was an evening filled with fashion, food and fun. The Night of the Arts Fashion Show, held on the Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES campus on May 22, featured designs from ten area students in the Tech Center’s Fashion Design and Merchandising program. Brewster High School’s Jillian LoRusso and Kimberly Bates were two of the designers, with LoRusso serving as Master of Ceremonies alongside Hendrick Hudson’s Krista Serino.
Fashion Design and Merchandising students presented a year’s worth of work on the runway, showcasing their unique designs on student models. Audience members cheered as each model confidently strode the catwalk, took a few turns and struck some classic modeling poses.
Before the show, Culinary and Pastry Arts students wove their way through the audience, passing delicious hors d’oeuvres they had prepared, such as shrimp tostados and mashed potato puffs. Afterward, they displayed and served luscious decorative three-tiered wedding cakes inspired by the young fashion designers.
Bates said that her designs were a culmination of “things I’ve always wanted to be able to try or wear.”
The young designers thanked their teacher, Lisa Tobin, for providing them with a wealth of knowledge about the fashion industry. Many are planning to pursue careers in fashion, with a number of students looking forward to attending FIT in Manhattan.
Students in the Fashion Design and Merchandising program learn all aspects of fashion design, including fashion illustration, patternmaking, hand sewing, and machine sewing. They also learn the business aspect of the industry, including marketing strategies used to develop, distribute and showcase today’s fashion.