Genesee Students Count Days to Annual Fashion Show

Students in Genesee Community College’s Fashion Merchandising program are putting the finishing touches on this year’s production of Recherché. With numerous models and 11 scenes, this year’s production lives up to the meaning of Recherché - lavishly elegant, exquisite and refined. With only two days until the runway is alive with high fashion, Walmart has once again donated $1,000.00 to this year’s elaborate production.

Recherché features many local clothing stores such as Walmart, who has donated children’s fashions for Scene III- Amuseruent tallie Mode or “Fun Size Fashion”. This year’s production also features two new contributors including Buckle, a retailer of designer denim for men and women located in the Galleria Mall as well as Embrasse-Moi, a fine lingerie store in Pittsford, NY.

Several students are designing and making their own outfits and accessories for this year’s show. Arielle Orlikowski and Julie Maurer will display their original designs in the first scene, Fora Beleza or “Outside Beauty”. Tatiana Fisher will also display her original designs in Scene VII: Mix Madness.

A new addition to this year’s production is a pre-show musical performance by InnerLoop, a contemporary a cappella group from Rochester, NY. They will be performing approximately 20 minutes before each show. For more information, visit their web site

Tickets are available pre-sale for $5, or $7 at the door. For tickets, please call 585-345-6830.

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Editor's Note: A photograph of Rhea Hewitt, Walmart representative and Fashion Show alumna, along with Rick Dudkowski, professor of Fashion Merchandising and various fashion students is available at

(From left to right are: Courtney Smith, Alyssa DelPlato, Katie Norton, Rick Dudkowski, Rhea Hewitt, Hannah Wheeler, April Cipolla, Erica Weidner, and Danielle Collins.)