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

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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

A Day in Fashion

Lance Gordon, Hollis Dominick. A day in fashion.

Lance Gordon, Hollis Dominick. A day in fashion.

On March 5, 2013 the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale with Sheila Walden, Chrisa Tatakis, Project Managers Ashley Duch and Vicaya Fleming along with the Fashion Honors group hosted an event entitled, “A Day in Fashion” where fashion industry professionals came and spoke to the Fashion Department about their different experiences in the field. The speaker’s included Lance Gordon an Art Institute alumni and his partner Hollis Dominick from The Design Principles, Armando Perales, also an Art Institute alumni and CEO of Raconteur, Inc., and Zack Spechler attorney at law.

Written By: Ashley Duch

Dye Gallery Fashion Show

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Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale students and faculty gathered at the Mark K. Wheeler Art Gallery on July 30th, for a closing Dye Gallery Fashion Show. Faculty created artwork by using a dye sublimation technique, and collaborated with the Fashion Design Students to convert art into fashion. They created a total of 15 individual pieces. Dr. West and Mrs. Tatakis then had a wonderful idea of actually bringing art to life by developing a fashion show. Rachel Stone, project manager with the help of Fashion Honors and Fashion Show Production students worked very hard to produce a show as well as provide food and beverages for the guests. As the models walked to the beat of the music everyone joined in and socialized, while being surrounded by art!

Vintage Fashion Show

On July 28th the Vintage Fashion Show took place in the center of the Indie Fest action at Revolution Live in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. There were a total of 500 attendees and 60 vendors within the venue. Andrew Vincent, owner of Public Image Vintage Boutique reached out to both Dr. West and Mrs. Tatakis for assistance in producing this show. They then translated the information to their students from both Fashion Honors and Fashion Show Production class of the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. Rachel Stone, Project Manager and Andrew Vincent worked together in making this event happen in less then two weeks. The Show consisted of forty looks put together by Emily Vernon, and Ana Escalante. Both models and students had to be quick on there feet to make sure all the looks went out in a timely manor. The Vintage Fashion Show resulted in extreme success and an enjoyable show to produce.