My Role Within Fata Morgana


As many of you may know, there are only seventeen more days until the fashion show that everyone has been working so hard to produce. Designers have been finishing their last garments, and merchandisers as well as designers are busy with rehearsals and finalizing their scenes in order to ensure success. The hospitality students are busy working on the Fata Morgana reception, hand making all of the decorations, and making it look like you have stepped into a middle eastern marketplace.

But where did my interest in fashion begin? It all started back when I was a kid. I loved seeing the Oscars’ Red Carpet and seeing all the actresses “glammed-up” with their dresses and accessories. Then I thought, “hey, I’ve always had a creative mind.” I wondered what it would be like to design for my favorite actresses who win Oscars for roles that they’ve played.

As a part of producing the 34th annual fashion show, Fata Morgana, I serve as part of the Back of the House Committee. My job is to make sure that all of the dressing rooms are set up the Friday before the show. The next thing we must do is make sure that all models are getting their hair and makeup done by ten A.M. on Saturday, April 25th. Next, we must make sure we know the scene lineup in order, and make sure before Show Time that no models have gum in their mouths, because in the world of modeling, it’s unprofessional. Being a part of back of the house is very important because we take care of the things people don’t see to ensure that this fashion show is planned accordingly and people have a fun and enjoyable experience.

Designer, Candace Cooper, and Coordinator, Ariana Sneed, during the Ethereal Fashion Show

Designer, Candace Cooper, and Coordinator, Ariana Sneed, during the Ethereal Fashion Show

I had the pleasure last year to intern for the best scene of the 33rd annual fashion show Ethereal. The scene name was called ÉCLAT XXIIV and the head designer was GCC superstar Candace Cooper and coordinator Ariana Sneed. Interning for that scene gave me a lot of experience to see what it was like first-hand to produce a college level fashion show. The day of the show I did whatever Candace or Ariana needed me to do because I knew how important the show was to Candace and how much work she had put into her scene. I remember that she was in the sewing room day and night working on her pieces, and I could understand why it was so important.

My next role in producing this year’s fashion show, Fata Morgana, is being on an interning team for Da-vid Simmons. Her scene is called Inevitable, which means certain to happen or unavoidable. The garments featured will be merchandised women’s clubwear clothing. My roles as far as helping DJ is to help her with whatever she needs the day of the show and to assist during rehearsals as well. When it comes time for the show I’m going to make sure that Inevitable truly is one of the best scenes because I have the pleasure of being friends with the head coordinator Da-vid and I know how important the success of this scene is to her.

Fashion to me is everything. It’s the career I want to have and pursue. Fashion is about being trendy but having the ability to have your own style too, which I think is important for everyone to have. I know that once we (the whole production class) take our bow we will know that we helped in making the 34th annual fashion show a huge success and weights will be lifted off of our shoulders.

My future plans after GCC involve transferring to Buffalo State in order to study Fashion merchandising. In the summer I plan to develop scene ideas to present and hopefully get the chance to produce one for the 2016 Buffalo State fashion show.

This blog was contributed by Fashion Student Patrick Szpylman.

Fata Morgana: The Power Of Community


As the 34th annual fashion show at GCC is coming up, everyone is putting things together in order to make certain that the show is a stunning success.

I participated in the 33rd annual fashion show at GCC by assisting with make-up. In this role, I experienced the chaos behind the runway, but it was so much more to showcase the whole show to the audience. The most important thing that I have learned from the first day of fashion production class until this moment, is the power of community. When the class started, everyone had amazing presence on their own part and tried to showcase the best of their talents for the sake of our originality, creativity, and success of the show. People not only worked on their own scenes but also held responsibilities as a committee member for the show. To get to this level of strength, we needed a strong sense of community; there is no success without the cooperation of this community. The selection of the theme of the show, poster design, runway design and all of the decorative items were discussed and decided by our community named Fata Morgana.

This year, I have the wonderful opportunity of working as a coordinator for the scene “BARE by Jocelyn Eade.” I worked tirelessly to earn this opportunity, and I have learned how to find which people I work best with, as well as how to be organized and coordinate things well in a short span of time, and how to assist my group within the best of my capabilities. As a coordinator, I take responsibilities for the arrangement of meetings, announcements, and all other communications for the  “Bare” scene. This pleasing burden I currently carry on my shoulders has allowed me to break out of my comfort zone, perform the best I can on my part, and become a better person for the communities I belong to.

I strongly believe every mistake and hardship “team Fata Morgana” faced was worth it for the success of the GCC 34th annual fashion show, Fata Morgana. I am so pleased to be part of this community and showcase this tremendous fashion show. Yes, the show is coming up. Only twelve days until the audience will be amazed for Fata Morgana!

This blog was contributed by Fashion Merchandising Student Eunice GoEun Park.

Blooming Onstage

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The day of GCC’s 34th annual fashion show, Fata Morgana, is coming up on April 25th. The theme Fata Morgana is inspired by beautiful deserts. However, the direct meaning of a Fata Morgana is a mirage. A mirage changes rapidly and shows us different views, and sometimes may bring unpredictable materials. Similar to a mirage, we will provide individuals with a rapidly changing view as each color of the desert blooms onstage.

For last year’s fashion show, I was in charge of the Front of the House committee. As a part of this committee, I watched and experienced many things. I was amazed to see the world that GCC students were able to create. Now, we’ll be the ones creating, and will provide viewers with a stage set to show a more fabulous world. This year, I am a part of the Front of the House Committee once again, and will support and contribute to the success of the fashion show fully. I am happy to contribute to the stage yet again as a part of this group of fashion students.

Our fashion show is coming in just a couple of weeks, and we are making steady progress in our preparations. The success of the fashion show will be made by not only our efforts, but also the audience member’s reactions while watching the show. Please don’t miss this moment! We look forward to showing you all what we have to offer.

This blog was contributed by Fashion Merchandising Student Kaho Sugisawa.

Two Halves Make A Whole


Untitled.jpgAs the 34th annual fashion show approaches, everyone is working harder than ever to make sure it is the best one to date. While the fashion students have been preparing their scenes, stage, and gift bags, to ensure the fashion show is a success, the tourism and hospitality students have been perfecting the decorations, refreshments, and door prizes to make the reception memorable. It is crucial for these two halves of the event to be cohesive, and it wouldn’t be possible without the teamwork and communication that is exhibited between these two distinct majors.

Untitled3.jpgMany details go into transforming the forum and cafeteria for the fashion show. We want guests to feel as though they’ve stepped into another world when they enter the building. This year, the forum will be packed with chairs, a beautiful stage, and hundreds of twinkling lights. The decorations for the cafeteria will include tapestries ordered from India, countless lanterns, as well as centerpieces decorated with beads that the Tourism and Hospitality Management students have spent countless hours assembling. Just as the posters say, you really do have to see it to believe it. See for yourself April 25th !         

This blog was contributed by Rebecca Meloon.

Preparing for Fata Morgana


44e0f675764ac4587f283370bcfd3309It’s the beginning of April, and that means preparation is fully underway for GCC’s annual Spring fashion show. This is an event that many people at GCC look forward to all year. Students in Fashion and Event Planning majors have been working diligently to prepare for this event. This year, the students are working with the theme of “Fata Morgana”. This is a challenging but fun theme, and every student seems to have fully grasped the theme and is now working to utilize it. Decorations, outfits for the models, and door prizes are in the process of being completed. Students are now deciding exactly how to decorate in a way that will best fit the theme.

There is also a great deal of preparation involved in the food and beverages that will be served after each fashion show. Fata Morgana will take place on April 25th. There are two shows within this day. The first will be in the afternoon at 3:00 PM, and the second will be a nighttime show at 7 PM. There will be a reception with light food and beverages immediately following each show.

In addition, there will be various vendors at the reception for anyone wishing to make any purchases. Friends, relatives, fellow students and members of the community are all encouraged to attend the show and reception.

This blog was contributed by Emily Pelton.

Among The Wild Flowers


The 34th annual fashion show at GCC is coming up and I already know it’s going to be a huge success! Last year I interned for two scenes, the menswear and the children’s wear scene. I had a great experience interning for the children’s wear scene and was able to assist in picking out the merchandise as well as style the children.

This year I knew I wanted to produce my own scene, so Taylor Bunch and I are producing the children’s scene for this year’s show Fata Morgana. The overall theme of the show focuses on deserts around the world and the idea of a mirage. We decided to make the concept for the children’s scene very bohemian and natural in order to coordinate with the theme. We came up with the title “Among The Wild Flowers” from the lyrics of a Tom Petty song.

We picked out the clothing the children will be wearing from Lord & Taylor and Gymboree. We were very excited to find that the store had a lot of bohemian and floral pieces that we mixed and matched to create our vision for our scene. We will be doing some DIY accessories to make the overall looks more natural and make our little models look like flower children.

We are going to be very busy the next couple of weeks making sure to get everything perfect for the show. Make sure you come out on April 25th to see what everyone has been working so hard on! You won’t want to miss it!

This blog was contributed by Fashion Merchandising Student Katie Strong.

Beast To Beauty


yoThe 34th Annual Genesee Community College Fashion show, Fata Morgana, is inspired by the beauty of the desert. What better place to find inspiration between the hot sand, the blazing sun, and the beautiful colors that stretch over the endless sky?

Together Sara Elliot and I have created Transcendence, meaning to go beyond or exceedingly ordinary limits. This scene will bring something new to the Annual Genesee Community College Fashion Show that has never been seen in the thirty-three years the fashion show has been running; a scene completely dedicated to costumes.

The inspiration of the scene is hidden among the dunes of endless sand and shrubs that grow in the deserts of the world. In the desert, not always seen but always there, are the plants and creatures that call the desert home.

kkkThese animals include the armadillo, the pangolin, the rattlesnake, the echidna, and more. In Transcendence, each costume is inspired by a plant or animal that inhabits the desert. The scene is also inspired by the cultural life of several deserts through the styles of the designs and the fabrics and prints used. With a combination of original designs, cultural flare, and bold prints, this is a scene that will turn desert beasts to beauties.

This blog was contributed by Fashion Design Student Angelique Porey.