GCC Fashion Show Promises to be a Vision

Show Theme Fata Morgana based on Optical Phenomenon

Batavia, NY- Whether they’re Walking Among the Wildflowers, preparing for a Battlefield, or turning desert beasts into beauties in a scene called Transcendence, GCC fashion students are getting ready to wow crowds again this year at the 34th Annual Fashion Show, Fata Morgana. Advance tickets are highly recommended for the event on Saturday, April 25, 2015. Two complete shows are planned, at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the William W. Stuart Forum on the GCC Batavia campus.

Fata Morgana is produced by GCC Fashion Merchandising and Design students under the guidance of GCC Business Professors Rick Dudkowski and Donna Ehrhart. This year’s theme is inspired by the beauty of the desert and the show, like a fata morgana mirage, will feature rapidly changing views as desert colors bloom onstage.

Students have been busy rehearsing with the more than 140 models who will appear in the twelve scenes. A number of the scenes will feature original creations by Fashion Design students. “Since we introduced the Fashion Design concentration, more and more of our students are creating their own designs for the fashion show,” Professor Ehrhart said. “Audiences love seeing these original pieces and there will be many of them in this year’s show.”

Fashion Merchandising students are also collaborating with both local and national vendors including Charles Men’s Shop and Buffalo David Bitton. The scenes planned for Fata Morgana include:
1.Battlefield Designed and Coordinated by Amber Coan
2.Among the Wildflowers Coordinated by Taylor Bunch & Katie Strong with apparel by Lord & Taylor and Gymboree
3.Transcendence Coordinated by Angelique Porey & Sara Elliott with apparel by Porey
4.Inevitable Coordinated by DJ Simmons with apparel by LovelyWholesale
5.Bare Coordinated by Jocelyn Eade & Eunice Goeun Park with apparel by Eade
6.Bri-Jhn Coordinated by Brittany Breedlove with apparel by B.B.
7.Minuit Désert By T. LaShaé Coordinated by Tiffany Hill & Chiho Nakayama with apparel by T. LaShaé and jewelry by Na’kaylas Jewelry Box
8.Festival Haze Coordinated by Ami Cornell & Kylie Dunn with apparel by Buffalo David Bitton and Lord & Taylor
9.Oasis Coordinated and Designed by Abby Lee Wilcox with jewelry by Kana Tatsumi
10.Opulence Coordinated and Designed by Catherine Morales
11.Veni Vidi Vici Coordinated by Ariana Sneed with apparel by Candace Cooper
12.Sandar Coordinated by Lekha Anderson with apparel by Charles Men’s Shop and M.A. Carr Bridal

Along with enjoying the fashions presented during the show, which is a capstone project for many GCC students, guests will have a chance to win a variety of door prizes from restaurant gift certificates to gift cards and baskets. They will also have an opportunity to meet the scene coordinators at the post-show after party in the cafeteria.

Tourism and Hospitality Management students develop the exquisite after party and assist with the decorating, Criminal Justice students provide security at the event, and GCC’s Communications and Media arts students promote the event on WGCC.

“The way our students from various departments come together to make this annual Fashion Show a huge success always impresses me,” Professor Dudkowski said. “We’re excited for people to see the students’ hard work come to fruition at show time.”

Tickets for the shows are available for $5 in advance or $7 at the door and can be purchased by calling 585-345-6830 or email cmyoung@genesee.edu. Advance tickets are strongly recommended and must be purchased by April 23, 2015.

You can read more about the creation of the scenes, the students and happenings in the fashion program at the GCC fashion blog http://gcccampusblog.wordpress.com/category/fashion/.

For general information about the event, contact Donna Rae Sutherland, GCC’s Marketing Communications associate director at (585) 343-0055 ext. 6616, or via email: dsutherland@genesee.edu.

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