On Thursday, May 4th, the graduating class of fashion design students at Nassau Community College will present their creations at two full-scale fashion runway shows in the College Center Building. One show takes place in the morning for local high school students interested in a career in the fashion industry. A second show is held in the evening for the family and guests of the student designers. Admission: A non-perishable food product or paper goods to benefit The Nest at NCC.
Each year, as part of their final studies at the College, the graduating class of fashion design students creates Long Island’s version of “Project Runway.” Twenty unique student collections are included in this year’s show, which will feature approximately 100 garments. Each piece was created especially for the show and reflects the design talents of the students, many of whom will be working at noted New York design firms upon graduation.
The show is produced under the guidance of Professor Rona Casciola. When asked what it’s like to put together a full-scale runway show, she said, “I love the excitement and adrenalin rush as the students make their final preparations for the show. It’s a joy to be part of this very special moment in their lives.”
The fashion design program at NCC offers a two-year Associate in Applied Science degree. Students work closely with faculty in the program to develop their design talents and technical skills. NCC faculty and students work with Model Coordinator, Jazyme Garcia Francis, to produce the show. Nassau students learn the ins and outs of modeling under her tutelage. It’s a labor of love for Ms. Francis who said, “I look forward to working with the students each year. We spend the Spring semester working on the show together. It’s a memorable experience for everyone who is a part of this event.”
For more information, contact Professor Rona Casciola, NCC Fashion Show Coordinator at 516.572.7588, Ext. 2/6656.