Night of the Arts Fashion Show Showcases Students’ Talent

May 25, 2018

The Night of the Arts Fashion Show was a feast for the eyes and palate, as Fashion Design and Merchandising students at The Tech Center created unique runway fashions, and Culinary and Pastry Arts students prepared exquisite food and luscious desserts. The show was held on the campus of Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES.
The show featured original designs on live runway models; music, sound, and video of each designer’s story provided by students in the Video Film and Audio production programs; and a bevy of savory hors d'oeuvres and professionally designed cakes provided by Pastry and Culinary Arts students for the reception.
Maria Pantages, from Walter Panas High School, said that fashion is “a way I can express myself creatively.” She was inspired by iconic looks like the little black dress and designers like Coco Chanel for her creations.
Alexis Delgado, from Putnam Valley, said her designs were inspired by Marilyn Monroe, with a “fifties twist.”  Allison DiPippo, from Carmel, used artists such as Janis Joplin and Stevie Nicks as inspiration for her modern bohemian-style designs.
Jessica Andreaggi and Candice Zayas from Walter Panas and Savanna Castellano, Brianna Reilly, and Shamari Rivera from Ossining, also created outstanding original designs that led to boisterous applause.
Cakes on display were provided by Jason Acevedo (Carmel), Emily Betancourt (Fox Lane) Elizabeth Carneiro, Doriano Carrasquillo, and Michael Montgomery (Mahopac); Alexander Lagos (Hendrick Hudson); Vivian Maralliano, Nick Merando and Jevod Mulligan (Walter Panas); and Rachel Tomassetti (Brewster).
Construction and Electricity students provided the lighting; Computer Graphics students provided the programs, ticket design and photography; and Law Enforcement students provided security and parking assistance for the event, which was truly a collaboration of Career and Technical Education programs.
Students in the Fashion Design and Merchandising program learn all aspects of fashion design, including fashion illustration, patternmaking, hand sewing, and machine sewing. They also learn the business aspect of the industry, including marketing strategies used to develop, distribute and showcase today’s fashion.

Emily Betancourt (Fox Lane) designed an elaborate cake for the Night of the Arts show.