The Moirai

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The Moirai are better known as the Fates are three sisters that determine life of humans and gods. They are deities that rule the past, present, and future. Clotho is the spinner, who gives life. The next sister is Lachesis who measures the thread determining the life span of that person. Lastly, Atropos cuts the thread ending their life. The fates can see the future and are involved in many Epic’s. Many of which the epic hero of the tale tries to change their fate and defy the fates rulings. In the famous book Oedipus Rex, by Sophocles, Oedipus’ life is all determined by the actions his father took when he listens to the fates tale. They foretold that Oedipus was going to kill his father and to prevent this he left his son to die. In the end trying to prevent destiny didn’t work and the prediction still came true.

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Elysium inspired many ideas but my friend Seong Choe and I are working on a scene together based on the Moirai. We are making five pieces each for a total of ten. I am focusing on the past and making gowns that reflect the Fates. I really want to convey thread as a theme in my clothing. My colors are going to be light and based on the spring season. I have also been inspired by Greek tapestries. The colors and styles are very rich and beautiful. I have begun sewing and it has been difficult. I really want to embroider designs by hand on the dresses. Trying to create original designs without a pattern to go off of or trying to fit it to specific people is very challenging. I know I have a bunch of work ahead of me but I know it will all pay off.

Author: Min Muchler

Twitter: @muchler_min

Instagram: @m_muchler

Titans With A Twist

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Titans in Greek mythology are descendants of Gaea and Uranus who gave birth to twelve titans, six males and six females. For this year’s fashion show, we have put a twist on the definition of a Titan.

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Overall, Titans are the second generation of divine beings: the child of a god and goddess. For the show, instead of representing the twelve Titans, I decided to represent eleven different gods or goddesses walking down the runway with their Titan (kid). I decided to go with the kids scene for the show because my mother is the owner of a in home licensed daycare located in Medina, NY. I have always been around kids from my baby cousins to the daycare kids, that I have learned so much about them and how to work with them.

Some might think that working with a kid to put in the fashion show is too much work, but once you learn more about the kid and how to teach kids so they understand what is going on, it is not as hard as it seems. My idea of a mini me trend came when I was doing an assignment for one of my classes. The article I was reading talked about how the mini me trend is becoming more popular to this day. We see this trend with the mommy & me and daddy & me outfits. Celebrities such as Beyoncé, Kim Kardashian and more strut around with their daughters looking like a mini version of themselves. Moms love the idea of matching with their daughters and this is why I wanted to bring this popular trend to our fashion show this spring.

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I have already done a great deal of work to put this scene together. Since I am a merchandising student, I will be borrowing clothes from businesses to make my vision come alive on the runway. I am thankful for this opportunity as putting together this scene has really pushed me to work outside of my comfort zone and allowing me to reach my full potential. I saw this quote while researching information for my scene and it stated “Great things never come from comfort zones.” This statement will stay in the back of my head to remind me great things come to those who work hard and push themselves.

I would like to thank Bailey Johnson who is a fashion student at GCC for helping me create this scene. I hope everyone comes out to the show April 29th to see all the hard work the fashion majors at GCC are putting into this show.

Author: Dominique Hughes

Twitter: @domineek_h

Instagram: @domm_h

Elysium: Hades & Persephone

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In Greek mythology, the story of Hades & Persephone is one of the most legendary tales of all time.  Persephone, Goddess of Spring, was wandering around the fields of Nysa picking flowers.  She was suddenly abducted by Hades, God of the Underworld, in his horse-drawn chariot.  He was in love with her and wanted her all to himself.  The earth opened up as he kidnapped her and made her his prisoner in the underworld.  She spends about 1/3 of the year there, during the winter months.  The rest of the time, she may return as the Goddess of Spring, but will always be trapped as his prisoner.  Her mother Demeter, Goddess of Agriculture, never approved of this and quite frankly, neither did Persephone.

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This is my final semester at GCC, and I’m so excited to say that I will officially have another scene in this year’s show!  Producing a scene for a fashion show is a lot harder than it looks.  Thankfully, I’ve had some experience doing this in the past.  Last year as a freshman, I co-produced a scene called “Fashion Is Surreal”.  There’s a lot of different components that go in to making a scene absolutely perfect.  There’s finding different stores, designers, or retailers to work with, finding models, making sure everything is shipped/delivered on time, scheduling rehearsals, finding hair & make-up artists, coordinating all of the logistics for the rehearsal and show days, & of course, making sure it’s all documented and official.  It’s a lot more work than it sounds.  Things pop up and you have to be prepared for the unexpected.  Last year, one of my models broke her leg a week before the show and I had to find a replacement.  It comes with the territory.

This year, my scene is going to include both male and female models.  It’s going to start off showing Persephone as the Goddess of Spring, and then follow her transformation into the Goddess of the Underworld.  Think pastels, floral motifs, headdresses and accessories, followed by devil horns, dark colors, smoky eye makeup, and jewels for days.  Then, after a slight change of music and atmosphere, Hades will emerge from the shadows.  Persephone is going to be dressed in goddess-like, ethereal evening gowns & Hades is still going to look evil, just glammed up a bit.

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And then there’s the fact that I’m also the Project Manager for the PR Committee!  The job of the PR committee is to make sure that the show gets promoted & advertised.  We’re responsible for coming up with an official logo, distribution to local media outlets, conducting radio interviews, posting on social media, blogging, basically anything and everything that will bring exposure to the show.

The fun part of it is…well, everything!  There’s not really a better feeling than seeing something you’ve worked so hard on and created come to fruition.  It’s beyond satisfying to see your hard work come to life in front of hundreds and hundreds of people.  The thrill of the busy-ness of those two days gives you such a rush, but when it’s over you know that it was all worth it.

Author: Jenna Curcio

Twitter: @JennaCurcio1

Instagram: @jennacurcio24

Personal blog: Jenna Inc.

The Creator of Elysium

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Fashion Shows by definition are an event at which collections of newly designed clothing are modeled for an audience. But, for us fashion students it is so much more. Come Saturday April 29th, we will have logged hundreds of hours preparing for this capstone in our college career. From decorations, and merchandise, to models and marketing, we are tirelessly working to prepare for the 36th annual fashion show, in hopes of it surpassing any of the past shows. We have made strides of progress, but we had to start somewhere.

In the Fall 2016 semester, we were given an assignment for our Merchandise Planning and Control class; develop and present a theme for the show this coming spring. Easy, right? Not so much. I know personally I spent a couple days going back and forth trying to curate something that was fresh, but also wide open for interpretation. What I finally landed on? Elysium.

Elysium, a prominent term in Greek mythology, refers to the “heavenly bliss” of the greek afterlife. It is a direct representation of happiness and beauty. Personally I saw this as a great opportunity for myself and fellow students to demonstrate what fashions made them happy. Taking it a step further, I decided that each individual scene should be named after a Greek God or Goddess, whom the students fashions represented. It was an opportunity to incorporate a high level of inclusivity, while sticking to a strong theme. Now imagine the forum decorated to resemble Mt. Olympus…pretty amazing, right?

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I am excited to be as involved as I am for the show this spring. From deciding the theme for the overall show, designing the aesthetics for the forum, working as the Project Manager for the Front of the House Committee, as well as producing a scene with a fellow student, it is a whirlwind of managing different aspects.

My scene, produced in conjunction with Sophomore, and fellow Event Planning student, Mary Nolan will focus on the Goddess, Gaia. Known as the goddess of earth, our scene will heavily feature, natural bohemian wear, mixed with earthy elements, which truly is a personification of both Mary and myself.

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I am beyond humbled to have had my theme chosen for production from among my fellow students. The level of talent present in this program is astounding, and I still have a hard time grasping that people believe in my theme, as much as they do. The 2017 Fashion show will certainly be a tremendous amount of work, however there is a surplus of creativity, talent, dedication and inspiration that will hopefully push this show to be the best one to date.

Author: Ciera Schwartz

Instagram: @ciera_m

Twitter: @cieramschwartz

 

 

 

Student Blogger: Sarah Melani

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Hi Everyone,

So, I am here in New York, a Fashion Business Major. I am studying the fashion Business, creating my own company. I love the arts. I am a singer, a writer, a fashion designer, modeling, I love the arts. I cook and play sports! This is what I love, what I do. I go places, I am traveling a lot.

My new life is amazing. I have my gifts, my talents, full force, my blessing, everything is all great. Everything is all good and the great days are endless. There are no bad days, nor bad times to look to! No one can touch me. I don’t open my mind, my eyes, nor mysarah-burnett2c ears to problems. I am fearless, I am not afraid of anyone nor anything. Except for my God. I couldn’t care less.

Focused.

One day at a time.

Using the time I am given well. My eyes stay on God, every day, everything, in and with Him, in His presence.

This is the beginning. And my life will be good for always! This is mine, and this is me. This is my blog, and I am Sarah Melani, and I invite you here to join me. Hello, I welcome you!

Next blog, Thanksgiving! There will be Pumpkin Pie verses Sweet Potato Pie, and, Black Friday shopping, and plenty of fun time, all of these I will be writing on in my next blog, hope you all enjoy!

CEO Trip To The Business Incubator: Harvester Building

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By: Christi Lotempio

mancusoThe CEO club took a trip to the world’s first business incubator. Dr.LaMattina was able to schedule the tour of the facility guided by owner, Mr.Mancuso. The tour was started with beverage at the Moon Java Café. They serve delicious coffee, teas and other beverages and have a selection of lunch items. Mr.Mancuso gave some background information on the Harvester Center explaining that a true business incubator offers more than just space. A true incubator should offer services such as the use of forklifts, or other larger equipment that start up companies may not be able to afford, as well as secretarial services, fax machines, and mail services. One of the most important parts of starting a business is networking and flexibility. Mr.Mancuso believes that talking to people and always re-evaluation of your business plan are a must.

He brought us to the Hodgins Printing Company that has been in the Harvester Building since it started, they actually made the sign that is still hanging. Hodgins Printing Company talked to us about the fact that their company has been in business for two generations. She stated that being able to look into the future and keep updating your business was really important to their success.

ceoOur next stop was OATKA Glass Studio. Mr.Lance Taylor, the owner of OATKA GLASS, was the tour guide. The OATKA GLASS offers many services such as making your own piece, taking classes and they sell artwork. Mr.Taylor expressed the importance of knowing how finances working and the importance of Networking. You need to be able to get out there and meet people and know who you are, to know what your goals are. He has a lot of experience with entrepreneurship, and expressed that it is important to have one person you trust to talk your business plans through.  At this stop we were able to make our own glass creation.

Back to the Moon Java Café for lunch. It was delicious! All of the students were discussing what they learned and how it can be applied in their own circumstances.

The last stop was One World Project.  We discussed their business goals, how they procure products from local artisans in developing countries, and their inventory management processes.  We also had a chance to shop in their gift shop.

If anyone is interested in joining the CEO club please contact Amy Conley.

Student Support Services Visit Local Business

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By: Christi Lotempio

Celina and Erin from Student Support Services arranged a tour of T-Shirts Ect in Batavia. This is a T-Shirt company located at 37 Center Street in Batavia, or mytshirtsect.com. The company offers screen printing, canvas prints, wall graphics, embroidery, Decals, Banner and so much more. The owner, Brian Kemp, was a graduate of SUNY GCC.

Our group was able to walk through the entire business to view the printing and the embroidery being completed at the time of our tour. We learned about everything from taking a customer’s order, how the T-Shirt is printed or embroidered, and their checks and balance system. Mr.Kemp was very informative and gave us many tips on running an effective business. Some of the most important things he noted were networking, providing great customer service and being honest (The Golden Rule). He was able to share with us some of his marketing ideas, such as the wooden coin (if you find one and you return it to T-Shirt Ect – you get a free T-shirt!) and the logo printed on the sleeve of the left arm of a shirt. He was able to give us a complete outline of being an entrepreneur, and encouraged to think outside of the box to make your company stand out.

Not only was the tour fun but we all got our own shirts. Thanks for the T-Shirts Mr.Kemp!!