The Viva Verano fashion show

The Viva Verano fashion show

The Viva Verano fashion show

The Viva Verano fashion show was very unique and exciting for the Honor’s Program students to help out with. Along with this quarters Honor’s Program students, former Honor’s students and business partners of Global Fashion Agency, Kathleen Ross and Jackie Brennan ran and operated the show. After being asked to help them with this show, the Honor’s students gained useful knowledge by participating in real world fashion shows.

In order to make this show happen, students were in charge of casting models for the designer, Astrid Rodriguez for her fabulous styles in bathing suits. Make-up artists and hair dressers from Glam Squad were right at hand helping out before the show making the ladies look glamorous!

The Viva Verano fashion show
by Katie Priestley


WWD: Gilberto Alvarez of The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale claimed third prize.

according to Women’s Wear Daily
Gilberto Alvarez of The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale claimed third prize for a minidress with an overlay of fake human hair that resembled fur.


Gilberto Alvarez of The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale

Gilberto Alvarez of The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale

congratulations Gilberto!

The Art Institutes Passion For Fashion Competition

The Art Institutes Passion For Fashion Competition

The Art Institutes Passion For Fashion Competition

The Art Institutes Passion For Fashion Competition
High school seniors who are graduating in 2010 and are interested in either fashion design or fashion marketing programs are eligible to compete for this scholarship. Learn more:

Lunch provided! Get tips on your entry!

* Fashion Design – Room 218
* Fashion Merchandising – Room 220
you could win a trip to NYC’s Fashion Week, greetingwith Seventeen magazine, & $500 shopping spree.

Reserve your workshop spot:

Las Olas Wine and Food Festival

Another one bites the bullet” Andre West stated as the Fashion Show ended and the eye candy descended on the streets of Las Olas Blvd.


This was our fifth year with the Wine and Food Festivities and to tell you the truth our talent is like wine the older we get the better it produce.


Among some of the designs were The Dear Sweet Cupcake Dress designed by Christian Tinson and the Marshmallow Fondue dress Designed by Lorena Pires that placed first place. The garments all were crafted to resemble a food or to have some type of food included in the garments. The show was a success. We look forward to next year’s showing.

by Sheila Rodriguez

Dress like Beyonce Contest . Obsessed

obsessed_poster_3The Dress like Beyonce Competition was held on April 23, 2009 the evening of the screening of the Obsessed movie starting Beyonce Knowles, Ali Larter and Idris Elba. The movie is basically a remake of fatal attraction with a crazy twist.


The fashion Students of Aifl were challenged to make or style garments that Beyonce Knowles would wear. Among those student designers were Brandy Harris, Sheila Rodriguez and Alinne Netto. The garments and models were judged by the crowd. In first place came Brandy Harris. His garments are now being displayed in the window on the right hand side of the elevators. Thank you very much to all participating students.


by  Sheila Rodriguez

Saggy pants ban according to a fashion expert.

Saggy pants ban leads to a legal challenge and Chelsea Rousso was called to testify as a “fashion expert”

I testified in court about “saggy pants, slouching, or baggy pants”. The hearing was to challenge the ordinance in Riviera Beach, Florida (Palm Beach County) which makes it illegal to wear pants that show skin or underwear below the waist. In Riviera Beach more that a dozen young men have been arrested. The public defender, John Rivera asked the court to review the constitutionality of the ordinance. I was asked to testify in court as a “fashion expert” to explain trends, how fashion trends move through society often representing a social message  I presented evidence to support my ideas. After I was sworn in, my credentials as a fashion expert were examined. I explained my 22 years in NY as a fashion designer, design director and company owner. I also explained my current company, Remake Now and discussed my teaching career at the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale. I was asked about my book contract with Conde Nast and I confirmed that I am under contract to write a book about Fashion Forecasting. I explained about fashion forecasting and how fashion trends evolve and can be studied. When questioned about this particular trend, I made clear that it is over 15 years old and that it started as a rebellious statement but now has entered mainstream.

As evidence, I presented photos from a fashion forecasting service of young men wearing this style. I also showed pictures of celebrities showing their underwear. They included Marky Mark (famous for a Calvin Klein ad from more than a decade ago), Lindsay Lohan, Zac Efron from High School Musical, David Beckham the famous soccer star and Prince Harry. These examples showed each person wearing this style and also each of them in conservative or “appropriate” clothes. When cross examined by the city attorney, he asked me to define fashion and style.

The Palm Beach Post, Fox News and The New York Times sent photographers, videographers, and writers to cover the case. Prior to the hearing, I was met by a photographer outside the courthouse. Two young men volunteered to be photographed wearing their pants with their underwear being exposed.

The story was broadcast on Fox News in Palm Beach and I was shown testifying in court. The Palm Beach Post ran the story (which now is on my website) and I have had emails from other organizations. A writer for a newspaper in the UK asked for the copies of the photos that considered evidence in the case; especially the ones of Beckham and the Prince!

After the court appearance, I was asked to speak about the case on BBC’s World Service along with the Mayor of Riviera Beach. I was also interviewed on the Dom Giordano radio talk show where I discussed the controversy and spoke to listeners who called in to comment. Additional radio interviews are planned.

The court will continue hearing testimony in this case on April 22, 2009.

by Chelsea Rousso

exclusively for The blog  of The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale Fashion Club

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Fashion trip to the MAGIC trade show is Las Vegas

The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale fashion department faculty Kerry Szymanski, took a group of 13 fashion merchandising and fashion design students of The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale.

students of The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale .Magic show in Las Vegas

students of The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale .Magic show in Las Vegas

to the MAGIC trade show is Las Vegas last week. MAGIC is one of the largest trade shows for apparel in the United States. The February show debuts FALL 2009 fashion for men’s, women’s, children’s and accessories. It was a great opportunity for students to visit a trade show, better understand the wholesale market and make contacts for internships and job opportunities.


According to Dawn L. James, MA Adjunct Faculty

The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale fashion design and fashion merchandising students were able to make connections with trade professionals and many of them received opportunities to work in booths at local Miami tradeshow(s) or as future interns with various companies.

We brought back many contacts information to pass along to Career Services, for leads or to follow through on opportunities discussed.

The students attended three tradeshows–Magic, Premier Magic (high end designers) and Magic Sourcing.  There were also many workshops on various business, branding or sourcing, they attended.  Some of our students actually made purchases for their current retail position, as buyers.

I think the sourcing show helped them make fabric, quality control and manufacturing connections.  It also helped them understand the production and sourcing processes.

In addition, many of them realized there are other jobs, like sales rep positions, that they could also pursue.

The students read about this show in text books and many of them may never get a chance to participate at their future career level.