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Emma Storfer’s flower-inspired collection to be featured in annual fashion show
Emma Storfer’s flower-inspired collection to be featured in annual fashion show

The world of fashion is one that never stays the same for long. Trends come and go, and this makes for a fast-paced and exciting career opportunity. Emma Storfer, a senior from Williamsville North High School, knows this well from her classes in Erie 1 BOCES Fashion Merchandising program.

This BOCES program teaches students about the fashion industry through classes on the basics like fashion history and color theory, to practical skills like making patterns and sewing, to the merchandising aspect of promotion and distribution.

“The best thing about this class is the sewing. I love that I can come to class and make something new every day. I am so creative that I could design and construct pieces infinitely. To me it never gets old,” Storfer said.

After nearly two years in the program, Storfer is preparing for her capstone project, a fashion show in the Walden Galleria Mall. For this show, she has designed and produced seven outfits to be modeled on the runway.

Storfer’s inspiration comes from her love of flowers. She believes that flowers can symbolize a range of things from love and happiness to sadness and empathy, and she uses her garments to convey the same range of emotions.

 “I wanted to show the happy emotions that flowers bring through my (use of) light colored garments. However, I showed how flowers can be used in a time of sadness through my metallic and my deeper toned garments,” she explained.

This year’s fashion show is themed “Illuminate” and will feature designs from all of the seniors in the program. On April 3, there will be shows at 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The fashion students will get to see their outfits on the runway during a production made possible with help from students in several other BOCES programs including cosmetology, digital media, custom painting graphics, and building trades. Between the shows there will be a career expo where all 25 of Erie 1 BOCES Career and Technical programs will be represented.  This event is free and open to the public.

About Erie 1 BOCES
As part of public education, BOCES offer a variety of career and technical programs during the normal school day to high school students. Erie 1 BOCES partners with Erie County school districts to offer unique learning opportunities in a cost effective manner.  High school students interested in learning more about how they can participate in various programs such as fashion design, electronics or aviation technology should visit www.e1b.org/cte or speak with their high school counselor.


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