May 17 2016

BHS Art Student to Show Work at State Capitol During "Fashion on the Hill"

The following is a release from the Burlington High School Art Program: 


Fashion on the Hill, a live runway fashion show of original designs, will be presented by fashion design students from Burlington High School on Tuesday, May 31, at 11:00 am, in the Great Hall of the Massachusetts State House. Hosted by Massachusetts State Representative Kenneth Gordon (Bedford, Burlington, Wilmington), the event is the first of its kind at the State House, designed to highlight the impact of the arts in public schools.

Burlington is one of just a handful of public high schools in the state who offer a fashion design class in its art department. The program, taught instructor Keith Mistler, provides a progressive study of clothing construction for its student designers. Throughout the year the young men and women gain a broad understanding of construction techniques and utilize methods including traditional pattern design, hand and machine stitching, cutting and gluing.


Fashion on the Hill will showcase the original creations of 18 students and 5 alumni from the Burlington High School art department who have chosen the fashion design elective. Art students will model the apparel and will also provide the running commentary. 


Students whose designs will be represented at Fashion on the Hill are Athanasia Michaelidis, Nicole Smith, Taylor LeRoux, Samantha Marchese and Amanda Wagreich (class of 2016); Emily Sateriale, Juliana Cameli, Kellsee Lynch, Kailee Heffler, Melanie Sunnerberg and Zoe Desantis (class of 2017); Daniella Lombardo, Daviana Alford, Emily Hopkins, Joel Hagan, Laura Prendergast, Sara Cannalonga and Shamie Kasozi (class of 2018). 


Alumni whose designs will be represented are Kailee Abeshaus (class of 2015, currently studying Fashion Management Communications at Cornell) and Abigail Hogan (class of 2015, currently studying Fashion Design and Production at Lasell College); and Carole Niyonzima (class of 2014). Also on display are designs by Rachel Faller (class of 2004) who is Founder and Creative Director of tonle, an ethical zero-waste clothing line based in Cambodia, and Erika Landry (class of 2010) who has worked at Helmut Lang, Naeem Khan, Marchesa, and is now on the design staff of New York-based Tahari.


The runway show will also feature unique pieces of adaptive clothing for students who have physical disabilities and/or global developmental delays. These designs were created for students in the LABBB program at Burlington High School, an educational program that helps students with special needs reach their full potential. LABBB students will have the opportunity to model these creative designs.


To further enhance the impact of the arts in public schools, an exhibit of 2-D artwork will take place simultaneously in the Great Hall highlighting pieces by advanced art students who have studied for two or more years.


The Burlington High School Art Department prides itself on its unique arts education philosophy. At the core of the department is exposure to art and design, focusing not only on educating the student about art but also about career paths and all the possibilities following graduation. Each year the school hosts Alumni Artist Day to give the students a peak into all of these career options for artists by those who have been through the high school program. The fashion design class is one of 22 electives for students, including drawing and painting, ceramics, photography, web design, digital arts and publishing. Learn more here

A meet and greet reception with the designers, artists and their instructors will take place following the runway show.

Fashion on the Hill is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to The Massachusetts State House is located at 24 Beacon Street, Boston, MA.

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