NEW PALTZ - The dressing room was abuzz with excitement as models, costume designers, and make-up artists prepared for the fifth annual Ulster BOCES Student Fashion Show at the New Paltz High School auditorium.
"The Ulster BOCES Fashion Show is a valuable joint project that simulates a real-world activity and helps prepare our students for college and beyond as they follow their respective career paths," Genna Suraci, Career & Technical Center principal, said as she welcomed the audience to the annual event. "We anticipate someday, instead of a Calvin Klein, you will be buying clothing designed by an Ulster BOCES student!"
The June 4 Fashion Show, "Utopia: Our Vision," featured attire designed and sewn by Ulster BOCES Career & Technical Center students from across Ulster County who are studying in the Fashion Design and Merchandising program. In addition to the student designers, nearly 100 students from other Ulster BOCES programs contributed to the show, applying the skills and knowledge learned in their career area to aspects of the event. Students came from each of the public schools in Ulster County.
First-year students in the Ulster BOCES Fashion Design and Merchandising program typically create one outfit, while second-year students often introduce a collection of their work, spotlighting several original designs.
"Being able to come up with a concept and design and then seeing it through, from start to finish, is really empowering for the students," says Ulster BOCES instructor Angela Kunz, whose students have been preparing for the show for the past two months.
Backstage at the event, Ulster BOCES Cosmetology students styled hair and applied make-up for the models, in preparation for their stroll down a runway constructed by students in the Carpentry/Building Trades program. Graphic & Visual Arts students created posters, programs, and other marketing materials; New Visions Media and Game Design students videotaped the event; and Hospitality, Culinary Arts, and Pastry Arts students served refreshments.
The Fashion Design and Merchandising program provides students with state-of-the-art equipment in an authentic working environment at the Career & Technical Center in Port Ewen. The curriculum covers such topics as the design and construction of apparel, the study of fabric and color, fashion history and illustration, and jewelry and accessory design. The program also integrates English language arts and mathematics State Learning Standards into the curriculum.