Fashion Students Strut their Stuff at Westchester Community College Runway Show

What would fashion designers do if the only fabric available was from old jeans?

That’s exactly what students from Carmen Galiano’s Fashion Design/Merchandising class did as a class project earlier this semester that also featured in Westchester Community College’s “Future Fashion” runway show and exhibition April 27.

Eight students modeled their recycled denim designs in the annual show, which is sponsored by the Fashion and Style Society Club of WCC.

They included Matt Carrella, Sandra Ukaegbu, and Raven Logue, New Rochelle High School; Dylan Ciriclio, Westlake High School; Malaika Nasimok, Ardsley High School; and Shalena Soto, Rose Tumminelli and Darrien Whitten, Woodlands High School in the Greenburgh School District. 

Anakaren Barajas, from New Rochelle High School, was behind the scenes as dresser and stylist assisting Ms. Galiano with the line-up and formations on the catwalk.

"This is great experience for students to see how fashion shows work," said Ms. Galiano, during the rehearsals.

The class collected over 80 pairs of old denim jeans from the staff on campus as well as from others so that they could get the project off the ground.

“The idea was, how do you turn old jeans into high fashion and make them couture-like?” Ms. Galiano explained.

The project fit perfectly into WCC’s runway show, with its theme focused on the fashion of the future.

“This is what the future could look like,” said Ms. Galiano, referring to the possibility of there not being the usual resources available to shoppers, which would leave them with no choice but to fashion new garments from old clothing.

Students in the Cosmetology Program were instructed to create a dark, smoky look for each of the participants in keeping with the fashion show’s futuristic theme.