Superhero fashion on display at Fashion Expo
Fresh off the annual ComicFest, the SWBOCES superhero costumes were the highlight of the Fashion Expo held on campus on May 23.
During the event the work of students in the Fashion Design and Merchandising classes was on display. Students, faculty and staff were invited to walk through and enjoy the creative work students had done throughout the school year.
“I think it came out pretty good,” Stephen Cunzo, a senior at White Plains High School, said of the costume he created. “It came out better than I thought it would.”
The red, white and blue ensemble was created as part of the SkillsUSA competition held this spring. The theme this year was cosplay, and each submission had to be reversible.
Liam McGee, a junior at White Plains High School, said the shirt for his costume was the most challenging aspect. His design featured a shirt and pants, which converted into a bird-like superhero.
This was the last project for Stephen, who is graduating this year and plans to go into the ROTC program for the Air Force.
“I think clothes are cool,” he said of studying fashion design at BOCES.
“I love clothing and fashion in general,” Liam, a junior said.
This year the theme of costumes developed early on and teacher Carmen Galiano decided to make it the theme for her students this year. In the fall she was asked if her students could make costumes for a high school theater production of ‘Alice in Wonderland.’ This spring students were invited to design and make costumes for staff members to wear at the annual ComicFest held in April in White Plains, and finally, costumes were the theme at the SkillsUSA competition.
“Everything kept pointing to this concept,” she said.
All of the costumes, from the play and ComicFest, were on display at the expo along with other projects her students had done.
For example, throughout the year students created smaller non-clothing items to sell for the holidays and Valentine’s Day. Students also created a design and had it printed on a t-shirt as well as decorate sneakers with paint.
In sticking with the superhero/cosplay theme, the expo included art created by students in the Commercial Arts classes, featuring the fun text from the old Batman and Robin television series. Throughout the room, colorful “Wham!” and “Smash!” signs adorned the space.
Culinary students also contributed cookies and snacks for guests to enjoy.
Ms. Galiano said she organizes an expo such as this and does a fashion show on the other years.
The expo also serves as an opportunity to introduce her students to another element of the fashion world — getting experience in dressing a mannequin. On the surface it might not look like it would be much of a challenge. However, putting clothing on an inanimate object requires patience. The mannequins don’t always cooperate, and fitting a wig or ensuring the clothes are pinned properly so they fit and look their best takes time.
The expo also provides an opportunity for the campus to see the costumes worn by administrators and staff at ComicFest, to see first-hand how their principal transformed into BOCES Guy and the outfits worn by other staff at the event.
The assignment of creating these costumes also extended to students having to develop backstories as to who their superhero was and how the costume represented their work.
“They have really in-depth stories,” Ms. Galiano said.