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Fashion Takes Center Stage “On the Catwalk” at Villa

By April 16, 2011March 5th, 2014Campus Blog

On Friday, April 16 at 7 p.m. Villa Maria College’s dining hall was transformed into a runway for haute couture, thanks to the creative fashion design talents of students in the Fashion Design & Merchandising program.

The fashion show is an annual event at Villa Maria College and provides students in the program with the opportunity to design and model their own creations.  This year, fashion instructors James Siewert and Natascha Radclyffe-Thomas challenged students to create fashion wear within the context of several categories, including “sustainability,” the timeless “little black dress,” the classic “man’s suit,” and styles of the late ’50’s, which have re-emerged onto the fashion scene courtesy of contemporary, hit television dramas like “Mad Men.”

Students took existing clothing and “re-created” new fashions; designed new creations, and put new touches on the “classics,” treating an audience of community, faculty, staff and fellow students to an evening “On the Catwalk.”  Currently, Villa Maria College offers a baccalureate degree in Fashion Design and Merchandising. Prospective students interested in applying to and enrolling in the program may call the Office of Admissions at 716-961-1805 for more information or visit for information on upcoming open houses and events.