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    Page Title| Happenings News Stories  2009


    May 28, 2009

    Ocvts Fashion Students Hit the Runway
    Jean Sullivian, May 28, 2009

    BRICK, NEW JERSEY- Students from the Fashion Merchandising/Design program at Ocean County Vocational Technical School presented their version of a fashion runway competition on May 26 at the OCVTS Brick Center. Students from both the morning and afternoon sessions were presented with a challenge which incorporated many real-world aspects of the fashion industry. Deron Davis who graduated from the OCVTS Fashion Merchandising program in 2005 developed the challenge. He has been working with Fashion Merchandising/Design Instructor Edwina Williams to help launch the project and offer support and advice to the students along the way. The fashion students worked collaboratively to present a collection of original clothing designs to be judged. The challenge divided the classes into four groups: design, promotion, development and merchandising. The groups have been working for several months to complete the criteria for each category.

    On May 26th the classes presented their projects to invited guests and to guest judge Angela Secur, OCVTS Fashion Merchandising graduate and owner of ‘Tula, the Boutique’ in Shrewsbury, NJ; The projects included Power Point presentations, a behind-the-scenes video, press kits, story boards, merchandising plans and promotional materials as well as a runway show featuring student and professional models from New York who donated their time. After showcasing their garments on the runway, student designers received comments and suggestions from Ms. Secur. Selected garments from the show will be featured in the ‘Tula’ Boutique. Three other students from various project groups were recognized for their outstanding contributions to the overall success of the project. Those students will accompany Ms. Secur on a purchasing outing for her boutique.

    Owner Angela Secur graduated from the OCVTS Fashion Merchandising program in 1989. She earned her degree in Fashion Buying and Merchandising at the Fashion Institute in York City and has worked as a Senior Account Executive for Versace before purchasing ‘Tula the Boutique’ earlier this year. Several students recently visited the boutique to learn more about merchandising and product display.

    Fashion Merchandising/Design instructor Edwina Williams commented, “The students worked very hard to put this show together. It was a great learning experience about all of the aspects of fashion design and promotion. Some students really like the design part of fashion while others are more interested in the merchandising and marketing aspects. This project allowed everyone the opportunity to be involved in something they like. I am very pleased with the results.”

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