WOODLAND PARK, N.J. – For the past few months, members of Berkeley College’s Fashion Club in Woodland Park have been hard at work.
They have been researching fashions from different time periods, collecting garments and accessories and preparing looks.
“We are working really hard for people to see what we’re creating,” said the club’s president, Palenia Pichardo, of Paterson.
It will all come together on Sunday, when the club presents its fashion show to help kick off a new exhibit at the Paterson Museum.
The fashion show will reflect the silk and textile industry’s rich history in Paterson, dating back to the Victorian era, and will include looks from decades from the 1800’s through the mid 1900’s.
“We picked the highlights of all those decades and we tried to bring it to life,” Pichardo explained.
Professor William Filerino has been guiding the students through the process. He said some students are modeling, others doing hair and makeup, others researching looks, and others announcing during the show.
“We felt that it was an excellent experiential opportunity for the students to take the knowledge that they gain in the classroom and through their coursework and projects and apply it to the real world,” he said.
The show will kick off a new exhibit at the Paterson Museum, entitled “Paterson Eco-Chic”.
The permanent exhibit will showcase 16 designs made with recyclable, discarded and upcycled materials donated by Paterson ’s manufacturing companies, such as Les Metalliers Champenois, Accurate Box, Greenbaum Interiors and Feldman Brothers.
The designs – created by artists as well as students from Bergen County Academies – are made from materials such as bubble wrap, paper and cardboard, plastic and electrical cord, said Cristina Deutsch, curator of the exhibit.
“It is a mix of materials that create high fashion looks, but with the message of recycling, sustainability and zero waste,” Deutsch said.
“This is a great way to bring awareness to the community, not only about the history, but also the undeniable needs for sustainable practice and sustainability,” she added.
The exhibit was made possible through a grant from the Passaic County Cultural & Heritage Council with funds granted by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.
The opening reception is free and open to the public. It will take place on Sunday, Sept. 17 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., and the fashion show will begin at 3 p.m. The Paterson Museum is located at 2 Market St.
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