Genesee Community College Students Put Finishing Touches on So Ooh! Show

Genesee Community College’s Fashion Show students are putting the final touches on their So Ooh! production, scheduled for Saturday, April 26, 2008. This year’s show was inspired by the class field trip to New York City, where students were enthralled by the art, culture, and downtown scene in the SoHo neighborhood of Manhattan. SoHo became So Ooh!, the theme for this year’s annual fashion show, where more than 100 models are being lined-up with a wide array of fashion apparel in eleven scenes. The total line-up of So Ooh! with some of the featured apparel follows:

Scene Title Theme / Apparel Provided
I Oh So Tempting 19thcentury inspired apparel
II New Form Uniform Business wear
III Bohemian Rapcity Trendy meets Old School
Modern with crazy T-shirts and skinny jeans
IV Obsessorize Accessories
V Jagged Edgy New York City looks
VI Dons ‘n Divas Urban classy clothes
VII Street Chic Sophisticated street wear
VIII So Oh Sizzlin’ Summer wear with flirty prints and sexy swimsuits
IX Manhattan Socialite Upscale Dresses
X Splash of Chaos Loud, bright, vibrant, fun, outlandish clothing
XI So Ooh Gallery Girl Wearable art inspired dresses

Due to the overwhelming popularity of the program, the event continues to offer two shows scheduled for Saturday, April 26, 2008 at 3:00 PM and 7:00 PM, in the William W. Stuart Forum of the Batavia Campus. Mistress of Ceremonies will be Samantha Gould, a fashion merchandising management major. For the first show she will be accompanied by Lydia Dominic, the CW Buffalo Television channel 23 girl. Show commentators are Justin Ryan, a theatre art major; and Sara Kaplan, a psychology major.

Several students are designing and making their own outfits and accessories for this year’s show. Samantha Gould, from Spencerport, is working with a student from Buffalo State College to coordinate the first scene, “Oh So Tempting.” Courtney Paige, from Albany, NY, is designing all her own dresses and will feature five different, canvas-painted dresses. Meanwhile, Charles Frankenberger, a student from Rochester, NY, is also presenting his own design in glamorous dresses featured in his Manhattan Socialite scene.

“Each year it is so exciting to watch the Fashion Merchandising students spend the year blending their vision, talent and dedication together toward the common goal of producing Western New York’s largest professionally produced Fashion Show,” Rick Dudkowski, Genesee Community College’s business professor who oversees the entire two-semester capstone project. “This year we’ve got some very dynamic creative developments happening promising another great success story. This event shouldn’t be missed.”

The event combines the interests and academic pursuits of several other College departments as well. The College’s Hospitality Management students work under Genesee instructor Amy Bowles to coordinate extensive ‘front of house’ operations such as refreshments, décor, door prizes, music and light refreshments, and the overall festive ambience.

“This year’s So Ooh! theme has been particularly fun and exciting for the Hospitality Management students to develop décor and appropriate thematic backgrounds,” Ms. Bowles said. “Like last year, we are looking forward to ‘wowing’ the visitors with our efforts.”

Meanwhile, Genesee’s Criminal Justice students will be behind the scenes ensuring safety and security from the moment visitors arrive in the parking lot—through to the lights going out sometime near midnight when the event is long over.

“The fact that there is an Admissions Open House at noon on the same day as the Fashion Show adds to the importance of keeping everyone informed about where, when and how people should be moving throughout the College that day,” Barry Garigen, professor of Genesee’s Criminal Justice program said. “Our students learn hands-on what it means to work with the College’s existing Public Safety Office to ensure a safe event for over a thousand people coming to campus on that day.”

Advance tickets for the show are strongly recommended and are available for $5 by calling
585-345-6830. Tickets will also be sold at the door for $7.