Models ages 1 to 49 sashayed down the aisle to great acclaim on Oct. 18 at Bloomingdale’s at Willowbrook Mall wearing fashions made out of Bloomingdale’s famous paper and plastic "brown bags."
More than 200 people attended this most unusual fashion show, which was the result of collaboration between Bloomingdale’s and Antoinette Feinman, owner of Boonton’s Artistic Impression Studio.
“We’re thrilled to have given our students and teachers the chance to display the wildly creative fruits of their labor in such an esteemed venue,” said Feinman, who originated the idea of having students and graduates of fashion design programs from New York City’s Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) and Art Institute teach a fashion design course at the studio.
As the 24 models strutted down the catwalk, Carlton Spence, celebrity fashion stylist and image consultant, shared background information about the designers, fashions and models. Each player added his or her own special flair and the fashions were strikingly original.
The show was a great success and the studio has been asked to run additional fashion shows with new creations, including one at The Riverside Square Mall this December.
“This is just the tip of the iceberg,” Feinman said. “Our designers will offer classes at the studio this fall and we look forward to teaching and guiding any and all who have the ‘passion.’ And we’ll continue to look for outlets for displaying the creativity of our students—not just in fashion, but in all of the arts.”
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