By Rona Casciola
NCC Professor and Fashion Show Coordinator
Special to Campus News
Photos by Willson Lee
In their final semester of a two-year Associate in Applied Science degree program, the senior design students had the opportunity to showcase their creative talents on the runway in the College Center Building at Nassau Community College. Complete with DJ, special audio-visual effects, glamourous student models and paparazzi, the May 4th show offered all the excitement and fascination of a major fashion show at Bryant Park.
While Barbra Streisand was performing across the way at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, NCC student models were strutting down the runway wearing student designs amid a crowd of adoring parents, friends, faculty and administration.
The collections ranged in design from Ruonan Li’s exotic gold butterfly brocade fabric to Jessica Pandolfo’ s delicate silhouettes in shades of blue juxtaposed next to Rita Jones’s moto/biker faux black leather group. Each student selected a theme for their collection, music for the models to walk to, shopped for fabrics in New York’s Garment Center, developed the patterns and carefully and painstakingly made each design in the fashion design lab. Ruonan Li, Jessica Pandolfo and Rita Jones were the recipients of this year’s Designers of the Year Scholarship Award for excellence in design and craftsmanship.
Kellianne Randazzo, student in the fashion design program, had this to say about her experience, “This fashion show is one of those things you strive for from the very beginning. And last night was absolutely AMAZING! I would have never gotten here today without my wonderful parents as well as the professors and the best of friends I made in this program”.
The show was dedicated in memory of Professor Sharyne Wolfe, founder of the Fashion Design program and Kellianne had this to add, “Professor Wolfe we wouldn’t have made it without you!”
Time to plan next years’ show!