Genesee Community College Fashion Show Production Class Presents "STYLISSIMO" The 23rd Annual Fashion Show

Students at Genesee Community College continue to prepare for "STYLISSIMO," the College's 23rd Annual Fashion Show scheduled for Saturday, April 24, 2004 at 7:00 p.m. at the Batavia campus in the William W. Stuart Forum. With over 700 guests expected, 12 original scenes planned, and pre-show and post-show entertainment?there is much excitement building around this campus event. Tickets for the show cost $5 advance sale and are available by calling 585-345-6830. Tickets are $7 at the door, but since the show usually sells out?advance sale tickets are strongly encouraged.

The Fashion Show Production class
The Fashion Show Production class took time away from their planning committee for a quick group photograph. Seated in the first row: Illa Pryor, Attica, NY; Patricia Oakley, Hinsdale, NY; Matt Calendar, Attica, NY; Kristi Chamberlain, Oakfield, NY. Second row: Jennifer White, Batavia, NY; Christine Acquard, Alden, NY; Jessica Wagner, Arcade, NY; Jodi Williams, Homer, NY; Heather Webster, Batavia, NY; Ashley Hoock, Rochester, NY; Nicole Kasmarek, Batavia, NY. Standing in the third row: Mr. Rick Dudkowski, Professor at Genesee Community College; Joel Privitera, LeRoy, NY; Pamela Brongo, Brockport, NY; Emily Hasman. Rochester, NY; Heather Lough, Deland, FL; Dimitrios Karamanos, Fashion Show Coordinator, Athens, Greece.

This year's sponsors, Mercedes Benz of Buffalo and Batavia Wal-Mart, join a host of other supportive merchandisers and retailers from Buffalo to Rochester. Bailey's for Men in East Aurora, Betty's Bridal and Formal Wear Shoppe in Batavia, Caché in Buffalo, Damsel in a Dress in Buffalo, David's Bridal in Tonawanda, Fashion Bug in Batavia and Brockport, The Children's Place in Rochester, Shoe Biz?A Unique Boutique in East Aurora, Stan's Harley Davidson in Batavia, Steinmart in Orchard Park, the Gap in Amherst, and Zumiez in Buffalo, and Kaufmann's and Rainbow in Rochester are among the retailers who have provided clothing and support for this year's "Stylissimo." Fashion Merchandising students are coordinating over 100 models for the 15 scenes including a special "Haute Couture" or a high fashion opening scene. The other scenes are: Kids, Freshman, Retro, Street Wear, Accessories, Alternative, International, Swimwear, Career Wear, Formal Wear, and Bridal Wear. "The students have worked very hard to prepare an elaborate, professionally staged show," says Professor Rick Dudkowski, instructor of the Fashion Show Production class. "They handle everything from budgetary arrangements to staging. It is a great learning experience for these students, who will soon be in retail and sales organizations throughout New York State and beyond."

A listing of Genesee's 25 students who are organizing "Stylissimo," including their hometowns, program of study, assigned committee or scene for the Fashion Show, and their plans after graduation follows:

Student Home town Program of Study Plans After GeneseeGraduation Stylissimo Committee
Christine Acquard   Alden , NY                 Fashion Merchandising Mgt. (FBM) Lab. Institute of Merchandising , NYC Back of House
Pamela Brongo Brockport , NY Business Administration Begin career Back of House
Ashley Hoock                                          Rochester , NY         FBM Study Cosmetology Front of House
Matthew Calender Attica , NY Marketing Undecided - Streetwear Scene
Kristi Chamberlain   Oakfield , NY FBM Buffalo State College   
Emily Hasman          Rochester , NY   Buffalo State / Fashion Instit. of Technology Stylissimo Co-coordinator, -Retro & Alternative Scenes
Robyn Hoffman* Geneseo , NY   Undecided Front of House -Children's Scene
Dimitrios Karamanos Athens , Greece       FBM University of Buffalo or Canisius College font-family: Arial'>Stylissimofont-family: Arial'> Coordinator
Nicole Kasmarek     Batavia , NY              FBM Marymount University , VA -Formal Scene Public Relations Committee
Maria Lamastra*                                      Lancaster , NY          FBM Berkeley College , NYC Financial Committee
Heather Lough                                        Deland , Florida         FBM Fashion Institute of Technology -Freshman Scene
Sarah Nugent*                                                         LeRoy , NY Theatre Arts SUNY Utica Planning Committee
Patricia Oakley                                                        Hinsdale , NY FBM Buffalo State College Back of House -Bridal Scene
Hiromi Ogawa* Tokyo , Japan FBM Begin career Front of House -International Scene
Joel Privitera LeRoy , NY Marketing Empire State College Chair-Public Relations Chair - Security
Illafont-family: Arial'> Pryor  Attica , NY FBM Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising , CA -Alternative Scene Hair and Make-up / Back of House
Alicia Raduns*         Akron , NY FBM Buffalo State College Financial Committee
Jennifer Richenberg Batavia , NY FBM Undecided Front of House
Alisha Shantz* Arcade , NY FBM Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising , CA Planning Committee
Cora Towne* Dansville , NY   Buffalo State College  
Jessica Wagner      Arcade , NY              FBM Academy of Art in San Francisco Planning Committee -Freshman Scene
Asako Watanabe* Yokohama , Japan FBM Undecided -International Scene
Heather Webster Batavia , NY FBM Buffalo State College or Academy of the Arts, San Fran. , CA Co-coordinator -Accessories, Business and Alternative Scenes
Jennifer White Batavia , NY   Undecided Back of House
Jodi Williams            Homer, NY FBM SUNY Oneonta or Fashion Institute of Technology Front of House

* Not pictured in photograph

Various Student Quotes About the Fashion Show:

"This class has been a learning experience for me. I'd like to thank everyone for their support in making my scene happen." - Matthew Calender

"This is the most exciting class I have ever taken in my life! I have had an opportunity to work with many different personalities and look forward to producing this year's fashion show."- Heather Webster

"It is a privilege to be involved in such a prestigious show." - Joel Privitera

"It is hard work to be in the Fashion Show, but it is worth it in the end." - Illa A. Pryor

For further information about Stylissimo, Genesee's 23rd Annual Fashion Show, please call 585-345-6830. Photos and details from last year's show are available at this website: