Archive for April, 2010

LUXE Fashion Show at Genesee Community College

April 25, 2010 3 comments

Yesterday I attended the LUXE Fashion Show at Genesee Community College in Batavia, NY. The show directed by Professor Rick Dudkowski is in it’s 29th year. The experience of all the participants in the show annual event  is very obvious from the moment you walk in – everything runs like a seasoned and well oiled production.

It seems that every year the students outdo themselves from the year before. Many different areas of the college participate in the production of the show. The proceeds from the show are used to fund students events. Here is a link to the students in Professor Dudkowski’s class that produce the show. There were 11 scenes and students assumed all production aspects associated with the scene they coordinated. Several scenes had fashion items that were original creations of the students. The first scene in particular has a  Eco-Couture collection created by Brittany Moose and Kayla Palmer.  Brittany will be continuing her professional education as an apparel design student at the Fashion technology Program at Buffalo State College next fall. She is pictured on one of the slides below with Professor Dudkowski.

There was a lovely reception held after the show where light refreshments were served, a raffle was held and various fashion items were for sale. Here is a FLICKR link to some images from the show. Sorry about the image quality but I was sitting several rows back from the runway.

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Here is another link that details the LUXE event by Brittany Baker titled “GCC fashion show set to dazzle.”


A Tribute to My Mentor

Today in the Buffalo News My View column is a tribute to my lifelong mentor – Sister Jeanne File. She was a most amazing person from the moment I first laid eyes on her to the very last time I saw her. I shall be eternally grateful for the privilege of having her in my life.

The title of the column is “Great teacher shared the gift of knowledge

A link to her obituary “Sister Jeanne File, 94, Daemen professor emeritus

Virtual Fashion FRI Spring/Summer 2010 Courses

April 5, 2010 8 comments

The Fashion research Institute will be offering a variety of Spring-Summer 2010 learning experiences: webinars, workshops, short courses, and accredited college courses.

Webinars are 1 hour; workshops are 4 hours; mini-courses are 20 hours; and accredited courses are semester-long, 3-credit courses offered through Buffalo State University nonmatriculated/distance learning program.


Designed for the currently matriculated student or for the returning, nontraditional student, FTT495 is a 3-credit college course taught through Buffalo State University.  Taught completely on-line, students from around the world may register for this summer course that will be offered in Session A : taught June 1-June 26, 2010; Session B: taught  June 28 -July 24, 2010;   or Session C: Taught July 26-August 14, 2010.    Teaching is focused on using Photoshop to develop fashion for virtual worlds.

Tech requirements: Fast internet connection, hardware suitable to run Second Life, Photoshop, scanner, account on and Second Life, Skype account

Previous experience: Exposure to Photoshop. Users must know the overall PS menu and be able to access the Tool menu.

Duration: 2.5 hour class times TBA by instructor [2-4:30pm EST M-F].

Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (Per Credit Hour)

NY State resident
Tuition (per credit hour) $207
College fee (per credit hour) $.85
Activity fee (flat fee) $5
Health fee (per credit hour) $9.60
Athletic fee (per credit hour) $10.50
Technology fee (per credit hour) $13.50

Out-of-state resident
Tuition (per credit hour) $536
College fee (per credit hour) $.85
Activity fee (flat fee) $5
Health fee (per credit hour) $9.60
Athletic fee (per credit hour) $10.50
Technology fee (per credit hour) $13.50

Register at the Buffalo State University web site:

Session A registration begins April 7 through June 2, class starts June 1.


Session B registration begins April 7 through June 2, class starts June 28.


Session C registration begins April 7 through June 2, class starts July 26.


This course follows a collection-oriented design sequence, in which the class is expected to develop a mood board, color story, and concept boards for 6 outfits which will be developed for inclusion in a virtual fashion show, which will be designed as a group project. The course includes class work and home work and follows an aggressive schedule successfully piloted with real life fashion design students.  Students have full creation privileges in the online classroom as well as an assigned space for use for the duration of the class. Students receive virtual tool kit resources as part of their tuition.

All texture work is expected to be accomplished off line as part of the homework assignments.  Extensive resources and documentation are provided in the classroom, and students have full access to the classroom during their course.  All work is graded and receives feedback from the instructor. Students will complete 3 outfits, develop an initial label concept, and complete an initial showroom/store design. They will show their work on a runway at the final class, using their avatars as models.

Students must provide their own computer, internet connection, scanner, and image editing program(s) as well as have Second Life and Skype accounts.

Recommended text book: Designing Dreams, Shenlei E. Winkler, available on

About the instructor:

Shenlei Winkler (Shenlei Flasheart in SL) is a 30 year veteran of the fashion industry.  Her work spans both couture and mass market design and development for the real life apparel industry.  A successful designer, her lifetime sales of her real life apparel designs have now reached more than $70 million USD, with more than 25 million-dollar styles in her portfolio.  Her couture work has appeared extensively on stage and movie screen.  Winkler has also enjoyed success in Second Life, where she has designed fashion since 2005, with three popular brands including Prim & Proper (one of the top 400 Second Life earners in 2006), Flash & Trash, and Debutante. Her educational background includes three design degrees, including two from the prestigious Fashion Intitute of Technology.  Currently, she is the CEO and founder of the Fashion Research Institute which is focused on researching and developing virtualization technologies with particular emphasis for the apparel industry.  Her research areas include content licensing for virtual goods, virtualization of enterprise in immersive workspaces, OpenSim enterprise application development, and user immersion in virtual worlds.

More details on the Fashion Research Institute’s Blog: Spring/Summer 2010 Courses

To see work from previous students, please see:

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