Night of the Arts Fashion Show Showcases Students’ Talent

May 23, 2019

It was an evening filled with fashion, food and fun. The Night of the Arts Fashion Show, held on the Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES campus on May 22, cast a bright spotlight on the Tech Center’s Fashion Design and Merchandising and Culinary and Pastry Arts programs.
Fashion Design and Merchandising students presented a year’s worth of work on the runway, showcasing their unique designs on student models. Audience members cheered as each model confidently strode the catwalk, took a few turns and struck some classic modeling poses.
Before the show, Culinary and Pastry Arts students weaved their way through the audience, passing delicious hors d’oeuvres they had prepared, such as shrimp tostados and mashed potato puffs. Afterward, they displayed and served luscious decorative three-tiered wedding cakes inspired by the young fashion designers.
The annual show is a major production and a true collaboration among BOCES’ various Career and Technical Education programs. Lighting was handled by Construction Electricity students; sound and video was provided by Digital Film, Video & Audio Production students; and the show’s poster, program, ticket design and photography were the work of Computer Graphics students. Law Enforcement students lent a hand with security and parking duties.
Juliette Sanchez from Mahopac was applying makeup to Antoine Rodriguez, also from Mahopac, minutes before the show began. “I was inspired by outer space for some of my designs,” Sanchez said. “I really like eccentric fabrics, and each of my outfits is completely different.”
Kimberly Bates of Brewster said that her designs were a culmination of “things I’ve always wanted to be able to try or wear.”
All of the young designers thanked their teacher, Lisa Tobin, for providing them with a wealth of knowledge about the fashion industry.  Many are planning to pursue careers in fashion, with a number of students looking forward to attending FIT in Manhattan.
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.
Cakes on display were provided by Gabe Aguilar (Fox Lane), Khadijah Amos (Mahopac), Lillie Giacomelli (Carmel), Hailey Hernandez (Carmel), Robert Hildrew (Mahopac), Angel Nieves (Lakeland) and Ke’Ajahnai Ridenhour (Hendrick Hudson).
“The fashion students were our ‘clients,’” said Nieves. “We had very professional consultations with them and then designed the cakes they asked for.”