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Fashion students design couture creations from recycled materials

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Students from the Barry Tech Fashion Design Technology Program designed and created original garments from recycled materials for their “Paper Runway” fashion show. Modeling the finished products are (left to right) Emily Maldonado (Hempstead UFSD), Erlinda Cabrera (East Meadow UFSD), Madeline Schlesinger (Glen Cove CSD), Evelina McMahon (Rockville Centre UFSD) and Lauren Gennardo (Massapequa UFSD). 


Students in their first-year in the Nassau BOCES Barry Tech Fashion Design Technology Program recently put their skills to the test for a challenging design project. In an assignment that was a sort of “Project Runway goes green,” the students created original designs made entirely from recycled materials.

“The Paper Runway” required teen designers to break into teams of three to create five fashionable outfits using only recycled materials found in their classroom. Five students were then chosen to model the final creations for the class.

In addition to honing their design skills, the project taught students to work together, to build relationships, and to communicate effectively in front of a large group, giving them a foundation to present their work in the future. The lesson was also part of their preparations for the end-of-year fashion show, held in May.

“I saw this activity on Project Runway and I just had to do it with the class,” said Fashion Design Technology Teacher Belle Cheverino. “The students have a lot of interaction with each other through this project. They ask each other’s opinions and they become very close. And, just as importantly, it’s a lot of fun!”