Photo Courtesy of: UH News

All eyes were on a runway that would rival the catwalks of Milan, London, Paris and New York at Honolulu Community College’s Marine Education and Training Center April 27. Sixteen graduating student designers dazzled more than 500 in attendance at the annual fashion show, with models sporting looks ranging from rave wear, business, children, Lolita fashion, Hawaiian and, of course, show stoppers.

HonCC FT students work on constructing their pieces for The Collective

Called The Collective, this masterfully produced show allowed students to showcase their talents and personalities by producing their own lines featuring up to seven different looks. After graduating with an associate degree in fashion technology on May 10, the student designers will be continuing their education, finding jobs in the industry or creating their own businesses.

While the main focus of the fashion show was the clothing, making the The Collective a runway success was a collaboration between multiple Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs at HonCC.

Carpentry Technology worked diligently to design and construct the set, while Music & Entertainment Learning Experience (MELE) edited and managed music for the show. Students from the Administration of Justice program used their law enforcement and security skills to keep traffic moving smoothly for the 500+ attendees. Cosmetology students add the finishing touches to the designer’s collection by doing the hair and makeup for their models.

From televised runway shows to the creation of trend-setting aloha wear, HonCCʻs Fashion Technology program is known for cultivating top island designers such as Danene Lunn of Manuhealiʻi, Kini Zamora, Ari South and Jay Nicolas Sario.

Midweek’s April 10th edition featured some designs that would be a part of The Collective on pp. 46 – 47.

Each year the fashion show receives media attention. The Collective was featured in Midweek and by local news channels KHON, KITV and Hawaii News Now (HNN). Three of the school’s designers, Belinda Akaka, Ginger Kropik, and Ten Mendoza shared their designs and experiences with HNN’s Grace Lee on the April 23rd edition of Sunrise.

Highlights of The Collective, and the fashion showʻs prelude, may be viewed here.

Source: UH News

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