Spectrum Swimwear Fashion Show

On February 22, 2014, C & I Studios hosted the Spectrum Swimwear Fashion Show, which showcased 20 swimsuits designed by The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale student and alumni designers- Alexandra Grief of Montce, Mitchell Perry of Arka Veena, Kelly de Gannes, Alisson Everett, and Alexandra Diaz. Organized by the Fashion Honors Group, Project Manager Colleen Cooper, Fashion Instructor Chrisa Tatakis, and Fashion Director Sheila Walden Spectrum stole the spotlight despite numerous simultaneous events within FAT Village and C & I Studios.

The show started and the crowd poured in. The live DJ provided the soundtrack and the crowd bussed with excitement when the first models strutted down the runway. The audience took picture after picture, as our 10 beautiful models lined up for the big finale. It was clear that the audience really enjoyed the show. The energy and the atmosphere created a positive attitude that made a great night and very successful show.

The Fashion Honors Group sends their thanks to C & I Studios for their help and efforts in hosting a fantastic evening and to the talented designers, models, and staff that made the evening unforgettable.

Written by: Colleen Cooper, Editor: Ben Ruby

Helium Creative 10 Year Anniversary

Helium Creative 10 Year Anniversary

The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale Fashion Honors group recently participated in the 10 year anniversary celebration of Helium Creative in the FATArts District. Project manager Bonnie Buettner, Fashion Design Instructor Chrisa Tatakis and Fashion Director Sheila Walden joined forces with six designers, current AI Fashion Students and Alumni to put on an art inspired fashion show.

Colleen Cooper in Jerry Thompson’s design made from paper and canvas laundry’s bags.

Colleen Cooper in Jerry Thompson’s design made from paper and canvas laundry’s bags.

Autumn Harris modeling her own design made from vinyl records.

Autumn Harris modeling her own design made from vinyl records.

The designs were judged. First place went to Melissa Boike (modeled by     Alexandra Diaz) and second place went to Julieta Di Mase (modeled by Meghann Wallace).

The designs were judged. First place went to Melissa Boike (modeled by Alexandra Diaz) and second place went to Julieta Di Mase (modeled by Meghann Wallace).

These designers created hand painted canvas dresses, guitar pick skirts and even dresses made of paper. Every design was unique and they looked amazing being modeled down the runway in the courtyard of Helium Creative to DJs beats.

We would like to thank all of the designers, models, volunteers and Helium Creative for making this show such a success!

Photographer: Chris Mora
Written by Bonnie Buettner
Edited by Ben Ruby

Simon Mall

On Saturday, August 28th, Simon Mall at Boca Town Center hosted multiple fashion shows, one of which was “The Design Wars” that featured garments from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale’s design students. The objective of this show was that each student would compete against each other to win the votes of the judges and those in the crowd. Prior to the event, the Container Store reached out to the fashion director Sheila Walden and fashion design instructor Chrisa Tatakis. The Container Store collaborated with students to create garments from the stores materials. The Container Store gave each student designer a $250 gift card and Simon Mall gave a $50 gift card for fabric.
The show began at noon. After the models walked the runway, each designer spoke about their garment with Ellen Korelitz, director of marketing at Simon Mall, which enabled the audience to understand the designer’s creation’s for what inspired the look. The designers also listed all the materials they used. Following the finale, all the models proceeded to the foot court where they stood on pedestals allowing the audience to judge the designs. The first place winner received a $250 gift card, the second place winner received a $100 and the fan favorite received $150.
First place went to Nathan Carter, Second place went to Jacob Morales and Fan Favorite went to Jazmyn Clay. Nathan used a gold wire metallic ribbon, acrylic plate stands, small garment hooks, a beaded grip liner, a green wrap protective pack, a large pebbles sink mat, a pro-grip shelf liner, and a zig-zig drawer and shelf liner. Jacob Morales used square lacquered white boxes, a large handled case cover, and a round natural brown Tahiti bowl. Jazmin Clay used a small round Makati box, a round abaca bowl, and an extendable ostrich feather duster.

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Designer: Nathan Carter – First Prize

Model: Shamana

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Designer: Jacob Morales – Second Prize

Model: Celina Rosa

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Designer: Jazmyn Clay – People’s Choice

Model: Deborah Sukar

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Designers: Gerald Thompson, Sindy Posdzich, Autumn Harris, Pablo Cruz, Megan Francis, Jazmyn Clay

Models: Anastasia Haus, Candle Williams, Rebecca Newton, Laura Labeto, Marissa Tatakis, Deborah Sukar

Text by Candle Williams

Not My Daughter

On October 14, 2013 The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale Fashion Honors Program under the direction of Sheila Walden, Department Chair, and Chrisa Tatakis, Fashion Design Instructor, put together a fashion show for the organization Not My Daughter, Find a Cure Now. This event was this organization’s fourth annual Shopping Boutique and Luncheon at the Heron Bay Marriott. Not My Daughter, Find a Cure Now is a non-profit organization and is hosted by local women who have been personally affected by breast cancer. Their wish is simple: eradicate the disease so we never have to endure the pain and uncertainty of breast cancer like so many have before.
The project manager for the event was Ashley Duch from the Honors Program. The fashion show featured designs from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale students and alumni: Megan Francis, Jean-Baptiste Riviere, Jasmin Clay, Julia Reyes and chosen children’s wear designers. Along with the fashion show the school was asked to design a scarf for the event to help raise money for breast cancer awareness. There were many submissions and the perfect one was chosen. The designer of the scarf was Marissa Tatakis. At the event the scarves sold out and the Honors Class is pleased to announce we will be making more for the cause.

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Photographer: Humberto Vidal

Designer: Jean Baptist

Model: Kelly Patino

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Photographer: Humberto Vidal

Designer: Jean Baptist

Model: Marissa Tatakis

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Photographer: Humberto Vidal

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Text by: Ashley Duch

JAFCO Charity Fashion Show

On Thursday, May 2nd, the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale was invited to take part in JAFCO’s 11th Annual Mother’s Day Luncheon; a wonderful benefit to raise money and awareness for the JAFCO foundation. All ticket proceeds along with auction items were donated to JAFCO. JAFCO provides at-risk children and their families with assistance programs and services including group homes, foster care, adoption, and family preservation programs among many other things.

Kimonos being modeled by a child and an adult model at the JAFCO charity fashion show. The garments were being auctioned to help raise money.

Kimonos being modeled by a child and an adult model at the JAFCO charity fashion show. The garments were being auctioned to help raise money.

Dress designed by Kawande King, modeled by Marissa Tatakis at the Polo Club for a JAFCO charity luncheon.

Dress designed by Kawande King, modeled by Marissa Tatakis at the Polo Club for a JAFCO charity luncheon.

The occasion took place at The Polo Club of Boca Raton. The Fashion Honors Group, project manager, Breanna Hutchings, Fashion Design Instructor Chrisa Tatakis, and Fashion Director Shelia Walden, organized and managed the fashion event. The show included beautiful women’s evening wear garments from Anna Topf, a current fashion design student, and Jose Echegaray and Kawande King, alumni of the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. In addition to the evening wear, the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale’s design class, lead by Ms. Wanita Alcena, created fun children’s wear dresses. Auction items included beautiful kimonos with fashion illustrations designed by Fashion Illustration instructor Mrs. Irina Ivanova, and handbags designed by Fashion Design student Jacob Morales.

Children’s wear dress designed by a student at the Art Instistute of Fort Lauderdale modeled by a child model at the JAFCO charity fashion show. Blog

Children’s wear dress designed by a student at the Art Instistute of Fort Lauderdale modeled by a child model at the JAFCO charity fashion show.

Written by: Breanna Hutchings
Edited by: Chrisa Tatakis

Epilepsy Charity Fashion Show

On Friday, May 24th, the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale presented a charity fashion show to help raise money for the Epilepsy Foundation of Florida. It was a family event that took place in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea in front of the Village Pump and Grill and a few of the surrounding streets There was entertainment for the whole family, which included a live band, food, drinks, auctions and, of course, a fashion show. All of the proceeds that were raised from the auction went to the Epilepsy charity; we received a total of $800 that night.

Dress designed by an Art Institute student Jean-Baptiste-Riverie and modeled by Anna Richter during the Epilepsy Charity Fashion Show. Blog written by Leather Chantelle and edited by Chrisa Tatakis.

Dress designed by an Art Institute student Jean-Baptiste-Riverie and modeled by Anna Richter during the Epilepsy Charity Fashion Show. Blog written by Leather Chantelle and edited by Chrisa Tatakis.

a. Caption: Dress designed by Art Institute student alumni Mitchell Perry and modeled by Carmen Massey during the Epilepsy Charity Fashion Show. Blog written by Leather Chantelle and edited by Chrisa Tatakis.

a. Caption: Dress designed by Art Institute student alumni Mitchell Perry and modeled by Carmen Massey during the Epilepsy Charity Fashion Show. Blog written by Leather Chantelle and edited by Chrisa Tatakis.

The Fashion Honors group, Project Manager Leather Chantelle, Fashion Design Instructor Charisa Tatakis, and Fashion Director Sheila Walden, organized and managed the event.
The garments that were showcased at the event were inspired by art work that was created by people who had a recent epilepsy episode. The designers of the garments were Christina Bartosh, Elana Carne`, Jean-Baptiste Riviere, Rhiannon Schawagel, Aura Nino, and Mitchell Perry.Written by: Leather Chantelle
Edited by: Chrisa Tatakis

EARTH DAY ECO-CHIC FASHION SHOW

Rhiannon Schwegal, Katherine Torregiosa, Jean Baptiste Riviere are earth day winners

Rhiannon Schwegal, Katherine Torregiosa, Jean Baptiste Riviere are earth day winners

The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale Fashion Design students participated in Earth Day on Saturday, April 20, 2013, in the City of Sunrise, Florida. These students chose clothing from Good Will and “up-cycled” these garments with a twist for this Eco-chic fashion show. On the runway, short summer dresses, rompers, trendy tops and skirts as well as a stunning long dress made out of sheets were showcased.
First place winner was Rhiannon Schwegal, and she received a $100 gift card from Aveda. Her design was a beautiful, long dress with a embellishment on the shoulder. The dress was made out a gold sheet, red silk pants and a grey tie-dyed t-shirt.
Second place winner was Katherine Torregiosa with a jumper made out recycled denim, silk pajama pants and a gold curtain.
Third place winner was Jean-Baptiste Riviere with a short, pastel colored dress, constructed out of a floral button shirt and a light pink tablecloth.
This Earth Day show was a family oriented event, where all the attendees had fun and enjoyed a beautiful eco-chic fashion show at Sawgrass Sanctuary Park.
The Fashion Honors Group along with Instructor Chrisa Tatakis and Director Sheila Walden organized and executed the fashion show.

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