Aphrodite

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Aphrodite was the goddess of fertility, love, and beauty. She also represents affection, and the attraction that binds people together.  Two different stories explain the birth of Aphrodite. The first is simple: She was the child of Zeus and Dione. According to the second story, however, Aphrodite rose from the foam of the sea.  Aphrodite and her son Eros teamed up to cause Zeus to fall in love with a human named Europa.  Aphrodite loved Adonis. She saw him when he was born and determined then that he should be hers. She assigned Persephone to his care, but Persephone fell in love with Adonis also and would not give him back. Finally, Zeus had to mediate. He judged that Adonis should spend half the year with each.  Aphrodite, Hera, and Athena were the top three contenders for a gold apple marked “For the Fairest.” They asked Zeus to judge the contest, but he refused. Paris, son of the King of Troy, judged the contest instead. Each of the three goddesses promised him something in return; he chose Aphrodite as the winner of the apple. This story of the Judgment of Paris was considered to be the real reason behind the Trojan War.  During the Trojan War, Aphrodite fought on the side of Paris.  Aphrodite rescued Paris from Menelaus by enveloping him in a cloud and taking him back to Troy.

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For this year’s fashion show, Aphrodite will be representing the bridal scene. This is my last semester at GCC and I knew from the beginning I wanted to do the wedding scene. I am inspired by the magical feeling that you can feel within a wedding and it truly captures the beauty and affection of such a special moment. Your wedding day is an event that you will never forget!   My vision for my scene is to have my models looking like it’s there own wedding day. I want the audience to be able to feel the connection between each “bride” and “groom”. Being the last scene of the night, I want the audience leaving with a smile on there face. I hope that it will bring back the great memories some of the guests have experienced in their wedding.  The bridal gowns being used in the scene were donated from Dalia’s Bridal and M.A Carr Bridal, both located in Buffalo, NY.

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All the brides are wearing veils and flower crowns. I am hand making all of them! I had a busy spring break getting all my pieces put together.  Here is just a couple samples of my work so far.

 

All the males will be wearing tuxedos and I have been lucky enough to get some of them donated by Charles Men’s shop, located right here in Batavia.

I also decided I would like to feature bridesmaids, as well as the brides! The bridesmaid dresses being used have been donated from Jill Monroe, who is apart of the fashion advisory board and a fashion seamstress in Buffalo.  Also, four of the bridesmaid dresses have been created by designer, Meghan Hollister who is a high school student.

This is my first time doing a scene in this year’s fashion show and I am bettering my communication skill, teamwork techniques, and planning.  Planning an entire scene takes lots of patience and practice. Although it’s been very stressful, it’s so exciting to be able to gain the hands on experience in my career field that I love so much. I can’t wait to see the how the show turns out!

 

Author: Kourtney N. Shearer

Instagram: @kourtneyshearer

Twitter: @kourtneynicole7

Inspiration | Apollo

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In Greek mythology, Apollo has been recognized as a god of music, sun, and light. The music is the big inspiration for me to draw a design and make clothing. In the mean time, I listen to music that inspired me. My favorite category of music is Rock and Roll. I like to listen to the Rolling Stones, The Beatles etc. I also love 70’s and 80’s fashion; these eras express the freedom, culture, and empowerment which are the huge inspirations for me. My favorite designer who inspired me is Hedi Slimane. Hedi is the former creative director for Saint Laurent. He changed my life. He made me want to design both male and female clothes. He taught me the power, sophistication, and beauty of a woman. I tend to wear black and dark colors, and skinny styles because of Saint Laurent. Also, he is inspired from rock as well. I really appreciate that he has helped me to develop my idea and imagination. The other guy is Hiroshi Fujiwara, known as a godfather of Ura-Harajuku fashion and is a globally influential street wear designer, including being the pioneer for Nike’s “HTM” line, and the “Fenom” line for Levi’s. He launched his first brand, Good Enough, POOL, and The Parking GINZA. He is a motivation as a Japanese student studying in the United States.

In the fashion show, I will combine both the rock element and Greek mythology. It’s going to be really tough, because I have never done anything like this before. Creating apparel like this will be a good experience, and will connect to my career in the future. Furthermore, I want to acquire knowledge and skill through this show where I hope it builds experience in the fashion industry. I’m really thankful to be participating in the show, because this is my second time. I am going to do my best, and keep going for my dreams.

Author: Masato Tsunekawa

Instagram: @ksizn

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

Getting Ready for the Fashion Show: PR

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Hello, my name is Fuka Fujii.  Let me introduce what we are doing for the fashion show 2017: “Elysium”. There are five committees, which consist of: the front of the house, the back of the house, planning, finance, and public relations.


The PR committee is responsible for promotion and advertisement of the show.  This is the committee I serve on. This includes the design of the program, radio interviews, behind the scenes interview, and social media. These are some tasks what we are responsible for:

  • Set up a Snapchat filter for the day of the event
  • Working with graphic art students for posters
  • Spread the poster to local media outlets
  • Email to invitation to every student
  • Create strategies to advertise and bring audience to our show
  • Bring awareness to our show through promotion

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 Currently, we are having graphic arts students make sample posters, and they are in the process of finalizing their hard work. So, our official poster is coming up soon! Let us know what you think of it.

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