WNY Designers and Entrepreneurs to Share Fashion Insights Over Tea at GCC

‘Sew–What's Happening’ Scheduled for February 8


Batavia, New York—“Sew, what’s happening” in the world of fashion? Genesee Community College Fashion Design, Business and Computer Information Systems Professor Donna Ehrhart is bringing leading voices together to share insights with students and the community at a Fashion Tea on Friday, February 8th from 12:30 - 3:30 in room T119 at GCC. Tea and light refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public, but advance reservations are required by Tuesday, February 5, 2013.


Ehrhart has lined up a panel of diverse experts from around western New York to talk about fashion trends and careers. The following guest speakers bring a wealth of expertise from a dynamic array different backgrounds and professions:
Jill Bates of Jill Bates Fashion, a formalwear expert and “fashion physician,” Rochester
Donald M. Brown, vice president of Charles Men’s Shop, Batavia
Candace Cooper, a GCC student who has started her own clothing line “Can’de Couture”
Raul Siro Ferreira, owner of Each 1 Stitch 1 Fabric Store and Design Studio, Rochester
Kathy Healey, owner of Healey Wear, a sworn “fabri-holic” and designer of garments and window treatments, Greece
Kristine Iannazzi, CEO of Embrasse-Moi, a lingerie designer, Pittsford
Karen Schimpf, president of Sew On-Sew Forth, Depew

The event is specifically developed to give all the attendees, from the guest panelists, to students, and community members the chance to network, mingle and share ideas and information about fashion news, trends and opportunities. Learning about GCC’s new Fashion Design concentration and the upcoming annual GCC Fashion Show, produced under the direction of Professor Rick Dudkowski, is also part of the agenda.

“I want people to realize what a vibrant fashion community there is in western New York,” said Ehrhart. “This event will be an opportunity for students and the community-at-large to learn, share, and connect with the many outstanding resources we have in our region.”

Those interested in attending the Tea are asked to RSVP to Professor Donna Ehrhart by Tuesday, February 5th at djehrhart@genesee.edu or (585) 330-9877.

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