On Thursday, May 7, the fashion design students from Nassau Community College presented the 25th annual NCC Student Fashion Show. The show featured 24 original collections by graduating seniors.
A crowd of students, faculty and supporters enjoyed the party atmosphere in the CCB building provided by DJ Mike Production. Rona Casciola, fashion show coordinator and fashion design program faculty member, introduced the talented young designers before models took the stage clad in satin and tulle, and high heels and funky headwear.
Reds ruled the runway, as well as neutrals, from soft whites to earthy taupes. Designers drew inspiration from a variety of sources, including Disney princesses.
“I have a side job dressing up like Disney characters and wanted to incorporate that into my collection,” Alexandra Marco said. She was a model for last year’s show and felt somewhat nervous, but mostly excited to participate as a designer this year. Her models strutted to a dance remix of Frozen’s hit song “Let It Go.”
Jin Joo Kim, who recently had an internship with fashion designer Nanette Lepore, found inspiration from gladiators. “I wanted to represent the strong and soft,” she said, adding, “I want to work for FIT.”
Kim is not the only student with plans to attend the Fashion Institute of Technology. Tamy Vasquez is transferring there in the fall. Her collection mixes feminine and masculine shapes with an added edge. “I feel relieved,” she said after the show. “It was a lot of fun.”
Amanda Silverberg’s wedding collection elicited cheers from the audience when two pint-sized models appeared donning flower girl and ring bearer attire respectively. Models dressed in black vogued for the cameras as the finale, before the designers had one last chance in the spotlight.
Sharyne Wolfe, fashion design program professor, is incredibly proud of her students. “Jin Joo’s collection, I wanted to rip right off the models, it was so fabulous,” she said.
“Each student had to master the technical skills involved in all aspects of clothing design,” noted Casciola. “Students learn draping, sketching, patternmaking and garment construction in order to create a line of clothing as part of their senior project.”
The academic and practical experience obtained in the NCC program provide a basis for employment as a designer, assistant designer, stylist or patternmaker. Graduates often transfer to four-year colleges or are able to find immediate employment within the fashion industry. Past students have landed jobs at companies including Ralph Lauren, Cole Haan and Michael Kors.
“We invite area high schools to attend the fashion show so high school students can see the quality education available locally at NCC,” stated Casciola. “And this is also a good way for our incredibly talented students to showcase their original designs.
Nassau Community College, part of the SUNY system, serves students of all ages and backgrounds by offering day, evening, weekend, continuing and professional programs at its Garden City campus.
For more information about Nassau Community College’s Marketing, Retailing, Fashion Buying and Merchandise and Fashion Design program, visit www.ncc.edu.
See below for a list of 2015 Student Designers:
Valerie Guapache Zuniga
Jin Joo Kim
Kelly Ann Radie