More than 50 student models will take their turn on the runway, showcasing the talent of the eight participating student designers: Lucia Berliner ’12, Emma Boehm ’12, Caley Goldblatt ’12, Serena Holtsinger ’12, Audrey Yifei Li ’15, Loren Marshall ’13, Katie McLean ’12 and Maggie Smith ’12. The show will be held in the Vandervort Room at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4, with doors opening at 6:45 p.m.
Student-run, designed and modeled, the fashion show gives students an opportunity to showcase their talent, whether their skill level and expertise range from those just interested in fashion to members of the Arts Collective Club and studio art majors.
This year’s theme of sustainability is the driving force behind show planning, designer concepts and clothing construction. Goldblatt, an English major with a health professions minor, used balloons as the inspiration of her line. “I wanted to utilize their elasticity and manipulate them in order to make interesting clothing,” says Goldblatt. “I knew that I would need fabric to hold the balloon pieces together, I came up with the idea of recycling old trash bags and turning them into dresses, tops and skirts. While it was a challenge dealing with these non-traditional materials, it also granted me total freedom of how I could create them. Instead of having to sew all the pieces, I was able to tape, glue, hand stitch and staple, in order to alter them.”
Marshall, an architectural studies and urban studies double major, took the theme of sustainability in another direction as she collaborated with students from Geneva’s high and middle schools. “I believe it is important to recognize that we can have a great impact on the relationship between Geneva and the Colleges,” explains Marshall. “Our efforts, energy and creativity can define what the campus means to surrounding residents, and eventually lead to invaluable opportunities for all.”
Coordinating with Mary Herlihy Gearan and Geneva High School teachers Mary Conley and Jon George, Marshall was able to recruit 12 highly motivated students who had an interest in painting, fashion, architecture and design in general. Meeting two times a week for about six weeks, Marshall provided recycled fabrics for the students to paint. “The students worked out a theme for the line, and finally decided on “City Fabric” where they would display about 10 different cities,” says Marshall. “Each fabric would hold a painting of the architecture, art, color and cityscape of the region. Then the fabric would be wrapped based on inspiration from the traditional dress of the culture.” Her pieces will be available for purchase after the show with all proceeds going to charity.
The fashion show has consistently garnered a large crowd, and Holtsinger, one of the event’s co-planners, thinks that this year will not be any different. “We’ve always had a stellar turnout for the Arts Collective Fashion Show in the past, and we expect to see the same this year,” says Holtsinger.
Gabbi Feigenson ’13, who helped to co-plan the show but is not a member of Arts Collective, knows from experience that the fashion show brings together a diverse group of students. “Since you don’t have to be a part of the Arts Collective to be involved, it brings together students from several different clubs, as well as unaffiliated students, such as the models,” says Geigenson. “Also, since the students design and make their own clothes, it gives them the opportunity to really get involved in fashion and see what it might be like to pursue the field.”
Brad Umble ’12, a music and psychology double major, will provide the atmosphere for this year’s fashion show as he will be in charge of the music and projector screens.
The Arts Collective Fashion Show was introduced four years ago by Anne Lindenhovius ’09, Yeasmine Khalique ’10 and Meghan Schmidt ’10 and has been growing steadily every year. What began as a small event in a ballroom had moved to the Vandervort Room by its second year, even though there were only two collections represented. By the third year, the show had many different and exciting collections and completely filled the Vandervort Room.
Admission to the event is free but there is a suggested donation of $2 or the donation of a clothing item. All collected clothing and proceeds will go to charity.
The photo above features Amanda Levy’11 in the 2010 fashion show.