The always popular annual fashion show at Genesee Community College is just around the corner, and this year, students from the Fashion Design, Fashion Merchandising and Tourism & Hospitality programs are serving up a feast for the eyes with "Soiree."
The 31st annual celebration of student creativity will highlight various clothing design themes, including party scenes featuring "Cocktail Hour," "Fairy Godmother's Masquerade," "Slumber Party" and "Bridal Party."
The traditional runway show is the largest of its kind in Western New York with more than 1,400 attendees over two shows. It provides guests with a glimpse of the glamorous and ever-changing world of fashion. Two shows are scheduled for April 28 -- at 3 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. in the Forum at the Batavia campus.
"The fashion show is the final exam for Fashion Business students who are enrolled in the special events marketing course, Fashion Show Production," said Rick Dudkowski, GCC professor of Business, Marketing and Fashion.
"The class members are responsible for producing a traditional runway show, which has clothing from local stores, but also original designs created by our fashion design students. More than 160 models will take part in scenes featuring women's, men's, plus-size and children's wear."
Professor Dudkowski says the show combines the interests and academic pursuits of several college departments working in collaboration. The college's Tourism and Hospitality Management students work under Genesee instructor Amy Slusser to coordinate extensive "front of the house" operations such as refreshments, décor, door prizes, music and light refreshments, and the overall festive ambience.
Genesee's Student Safety Patrol members work behind the scenes ensuring safety and security in the parking lots and throughout the shows.
In addition to student creations, guests will also preview clothing lines made in and sold around Western New York, and The Future Dance Center from Hamburg will provide pre-show entertainment.
Dress donations will be collected for Fairy Godmothers of Rochester with a donation earning free admission. Presale tickets are $5 but they will also be available at the door for $7. To order tickets or for additional information contact Fashion Show secretary Cheryl Young at (585) 345-6830.
The "Soiree" lineup includes:
• Enkai – A party scene with international flair, featuring traditional clothing and hand-embroidered accessories from the Republic of Yakutia, designed by scene coordinator Zhanna Zakharova of Russia, as well as modern and Americanized Asian fashion that evokes the Orient through the use of textiles and details, styled by scene coordinator Jeonghyun Park of South Korea. Clothing provided by H&M, Fashion Bug, Maurices and student design by Sayaka Matsushita.
• Swag Social – It's the biggest fashion party of the year for hipsters! Scene coordinator Akkera Dorsey of Rochester designed many of the pieces. Scene assistant: Sherard Brown (Ithaca). Menswear provided by The Black Tongue and accessories provided by Xsquisite Boutique.
• The Urban Social – A presentation of uptown sophistication that exudes New York City energy. Scene coordinator: Mandy Ciccone (Rochester). Clothing and accessories from Francesca's Collection; hair styled by Robert Federico.
• The Boat Party – Highlights of the hottest spring trends in menswear with a nautical theme paying homage to pure "Americana" -- the classic preppy look! Scene coordinator: Michael Burton (Buffalo). Clothing provided by H&M.
• Plus One – Party attire for curvy ladies and their men with clothing to highlight the fuller figure provided by Ashley Stewart, CATO Fashions and Peebles. Scene coordinators: Chelsea Gravelle (Gansevoort) and Taylor Rock (Buffalo).
• Cocktail Hour -- Drawing inspiration from design icon Coco Chanel, models will showcase timeless elegance with a sexy and chic update of the "little black dress." Scene coordinators: Shannon Kelly (Saranac Lake) and Nicole Mastrosimone (Rochester). Designs by student Ashley Arter. Accessories provided by Accessorize4u, Forever 21 and Maurices.
• PlayDate -- The party never ends for these fashionable WNY children, as they model clothing that takes them through their energetic days! Scene coordinators: Hillary Pacos (Buffalo), Shauna Scott (Bronx) and Samantha Vogt (Buffalo). Fashions from 77kids and Kmart.
• The Green Party – The epitome of creativity, scene coordinators and designers Chelsea Gravelle (Gansevoort) and Tricia Mekarski (Buffalo) prominently feature duct tape in their environmentally friendly clothing.
• Fairy Godmother's Masquerade – Every girl dreams of the perfect dress for her prom and this garden-inspired masquerade party features dresses donated by students, M.A. Carr Bridal and community members that will be given to Fairy Godmothers of Rochester for those in need. Scene coordinators: Lorraine Briggs (Rochester) and Taryn Michalak (Brockport). Jewelry provided by Cookie Lee.
• Paparazzi Party -- Celebrities such as pop superstar Lady Gaga and designers Tommy Hilfiger and Alexander McQueen influence the clothing embraced by today's fashion-conscious party-goer. Scene coordinators: Felicia Pfalzer (Pembroke), Marissa Giambrone (Attica) and Marian Smith (Brockport). Clothing provided by Charles Men's Shop and original student designs.
• Accessorized Affair – "Puttin' on the Ritz" with a preview of the hairstyles, make-up and accessories that will put some pizzazz in any wardrobe. Scene coordinators: Julia Sallade (Belmont) and Alyssa Biancuzzo (Pavilion). Accessories provided by Rue21.
• Riot – Edgy style fuses good girl with rocker chic! Scene coordinator: Hillary Pacos (Buffalo). Featuring clothing from Peebles, Maurices, Stan's Harley Davidson, Bruggies and Free People.
• Slumber Party – Sultry looks inspired by the glamorous heyday of Hollywood's pin-up girls and vintage lingerie. Scene coordinator: Taylor Rock (Buffalo). Clothing provided by Embrasse-Moi and jewelry from Lambert's Design Jewelers.
• Bridal Party – Love is in the air as models float down the runway in the latest trends for weddings. Scene coordinator: Ericah Rogers (Rochester). Assistant Kate Herbik. Clothing provided by David's Bridal and Hickey Freeman.
After each show concludes, guests are invited to a reception of refreshments and door prizes.