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Fashion @ the Gallery
Friday, May 1, 2015

The Fashion Department honored the design students at the Annual Fashion Show at the college’s Mount Holly Center and Student Art Gallery on Friday, May 1.

In conjunction with the opening of the 16th Annual Student Art & Design Exhibition, the fashion design students hosted an evening of informal modeling to show off their creations. This year, each student was challenged by their professors to create garments for the ready­ to ­ wear market. Each finished garment was representative of the student’s passion and creativity in fashion design.

Family and friends gathered to enjoy the student Fashion Show, which incorporated themes such as NYC nightlife; the beauty and grace of Jackie O, gothic architecture; Japanese pop music and Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.

The students came up with themes for their collection by first sketching their fashions, then pattern drafting, and fabric selection. Fabric choices for these collections had a key influence in the drape and fit of the garments designed. Outstanding fabrics in the finished garments included laser cut florals, reverse sided sequins, dyed human hair, beaded lace and microfibers.

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Awards were given to the following students:

  • The American Sewing Guild—Excellence in Design: Gean Machado for Extravagance (black and white printed stretch cotton, and reversible black and silver sequin, jumpsuit).
  • The American Sewing Guild—Excellence in Construction: Raven Williams for Mystery (floral print on denim blazer matched with pants and tank top).
  • The American Sewing Guild—Young Designer: Kieun Kwon for Modern Royalty (dress of grey jacquard with petal pink side panels and wrapped with a tulle bow).
  • The Fashion Club Award for Excellence in Day or Evening Dress—Donna Hayes for Hair Me Out (snake skin print skirt paired with a crop top with dyed human hair).
  • The Fashion Club Award for Excellence in Sportswear—Teresa Duckworth for SurfLass (microfiber board shorts matched with multi­colored sweatshirt).
  • Best Collection Award—Philip Tum Suden for his full collection of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.
  • Fashion Achievement Award—Kara Kummer.
  • The American Red Cross Best “Power of the Purse” Award—Katie Opperman.

Congratulations to the winners and to all of our talented fashion designers at RCBC!

Fashion @ the Gallery
Friday, May 2, 2014

On Friday, May 2, 2014, the Fashion Design Department organized an informal fashion show, “Fashion @The Gallery,” in conjunction with the 15th Annual Student Art & Design Exhibition at BCC’s Student Art Gallery in Mount Holly. It was a great opportunity to honor the fashion design students at BCC and showcase their work to the community.

For the informal fashion show, each student developed their own unique collections from two distinct class challenges.
First, each student was challenged to be inspired by an Academy Award-nominated film. They then researched their chosen film through cross-referencing the cultural, social and historical conditions of the period. While each designer started with the same challenge, their passion and creativity in creating garments for the ready-to-wear market pushed them to showcase their individuality.

For their second challenge, students chose one of the country’s 50 states. They researched the people that settled there, the history and how the new homeland was embraced. From Farmers Markets in New Jersey to San Francisco’s Chinatown, the students “traveled” all over the nation. They went back in time to old Hollywood and over the snowcapped mountains to the small villages of Alaska.

As the fashion design students progressed through each project, it was evident that they were committed to fully understanding the challenges of solving real fashion problems. From researching trends and fabric selection to drafting patterns and sewing their garments, their efforts and outcomes have been tremendous. Their final garment designs were filled with creativity. 

The garments were modeled by volunteer students from the many different majors at BCC. It was through this collaboration that their designs were brought to life at the fashion show.

BCC’s Fashion Design Department is already looking forward to next year’s Fashion Show/Exhibit! For more information, please email

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