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Nassau BOCES Barry Tech Students Rocked The Runway!

First and second-year students in the Fashion Design Technology course at Nassau BOCES Barry Tech, rocked the runway for their teachers, friends and family members with their original and innovative fashion designs. This year’s theme was “Vogue Street Style.”

The classroom was transformed into a beautiful showroom, complete with elegant decorations and a lighted runway. The students in the culinary department cooked up a delicious lunch for the crowd, featuring empanadas, veggie lasagna and a delicious array of mouthwatering desserts.

“The fashion show was a great success!” said Fashion Design Technology teacher Deanna Costello. “The students worked very hard to create garments to reflect their own concept of ‘street style.’ Some of their classmates from other programs helped to showcase their work, and students from the culinary, carpentry, animation/media, video, cosmetology, early childcare development, and police science programs pitched in to make it a memorable event. We’re so proud of all our students who participated in this production!”

The fashions were designed (and in most cases modeled) by the students and included everything from New York City funky day casual to elegant, night-on-the-town evening wear.

The Fashion Design Technology course at Nassau BOCES Barry Tech gives students an overview of the fashion industry, with the emphasis on the creative side of fashion design. Students learn on state-of-the art equipment such as dress forms and industrial sewing machines. Throughout the course, they compile a professional portfolio to showcase their work, as well as create garments that will be highlighted on the runway during the popular fashion show.

First-year student Scott Zhou, of the Great Neck South High School UFSD, who was the first to walk the runway, said he enjoyed the course immensely. “I loved creating this outfit,” he said. “And the teachers were so helpful.”

Firial El Shaer, a second-year student from Paul D. Schreiber High School UFSD in Port Washington, designed and modeled a red, Sex in the City-inspired gown.  “I want to be a designer and merchandiser,” she said. “New York City is a great place to do this, but I’d also like to travel around the world doing fashion.”

About Barry Tech

Barry Tech is a career and technical education high school that offers over 40 hands-on courses designed to help students develop the skills they need to get a step ahead in their chosen career fields. Classes are taught in a state-of-the-art facility simulating real-world work environments that meet current industry standards. Classes may be held in an airplane hangar, horse-training stable, carpentry shop or video production studio. The members of the faculty are professionals in their fields who are eager to share their experience and expertise. After completing their studies, students can attend a two- or four-year college, enter the workforce or continue advanced career studies in a technical training school.

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