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Community Invited to MCCC Fashion Design and Fashion Merchandising Showcase May 3


Fashion Merchandising student Jordan Fortson helps decorate the display window that will greet visitors at Trenton Hall.


From left, Fashion Merchandising students Jordan Fortson, Jeraldine Rosado, Nick Marich, Esther Awoyomi, and Shanta McNeill.

Second year Fashion Design student Ashley Vause with one of her dresses featuring a peacock theme.

Student fashion designer Cierra Scura, right, with her model.

Trenton, N.J. – The Mercer County Community College (MCCC) Fashion/Apparel Design and Fashion Merchandising Programs invite the community to “Fashion, Arts and More,” a showcase and runway show of student work from the 2017-18 academic year. The event takes place Thursday, May 3, starting at 6 p.m. in Trenton Hall at 137 North Broad Street at the college’s James Kerney Campus.

A reception for community guests will include light refreshments. Some activities will take place in the lobby, with the main show to be held in a studio space on the top floor of the newly renovated building.

Guests will be greeted by two window displays designed by Fashion Merchandizing students. One of the windows will feature a breast cancer awareness theme in tribute to JKC Dean and Provost Monica L. Weaver, who passed away in early April. Proceeds from raffle baskets will be donated to a scholarship fund in Weaver’s name, along with the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

According to Fashion Program Coordinator Katina Lindsay, approximately 50 students, their models, program alumni, and faculty members are participating in the event. Lindsay estimates that 11 collections and 35 different looks will be featured in displays and on the runway. Among the clothing line themes are “Pop Art,” “Silver Lining,” "Summer Peacock Nights," and “On the Surface.” Store-themed and fashion history exhibits, and fashion artwork will also be on view.

“The pace in the sewing studio has picked up considerably as students work towards finishing their collections for the show,” Lindsay said “Earlier in the semester, we focused on lectures and demonstrations. Now, students are putting that knowledge to work with some dazzling results."

First year student Cierra Scura is excited to present her fashion collection, which will include four outfits. She says her sewing classes typically run around three hours and the time just flies by. “I never want to leave,” she said, adding that she has learned so much this year.

Lindsay says the show is the culmination of a great deal of hard work. “The fashion industry is full of creative people, but the work is difficult and technical, and requires critical attention to detail. We are so happy to give students a taste of their future careers during this showcase for family and friends.” In addition to Lindsay, faculty members include Kathryn Pinner, Beth Dubrow, and Nadine Artist-Smalls.

The MCCC Fashion/Apparel Design program offers an A.A.S. degree in Visual Arts, providing a strong foundation in art, design, and technical studies, while also focusing on both the creative and business aspects of the industry. The program prepares students for advanced study by paralleling coursework from the first two years of four-year fashion schools.

The Fashion Merchandising option is an A.A.S. program in Business Management that prepares students for careers in fashion/apparel sales, marketing, buying, and merchandising. The curriculum parallels the first two years of education at a majority of undergraduate universities and art colleges, with an emphasis on career training for gainful employment.

Recent graduates of these programs have transferred to Fashion Institute of Technology and LIM College in New York City, and Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia.

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