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Dallis Mack finds art in fashion
Dallis Mack finds art in fashion

Fashion is a form of art, and designers are artists. Dallis Mack, a senior from Kenmore East High School who attends Erie 1 BOCES Fashion Design and Merchandising program, is fascinated with learning about the inspiration behind the garments and collections that designers create.

“Fashion is a three dimensional form of art, which is definitely my favorite part of being in the fashion industry,” Dallis said. “It gives you another way to express who you are and how you feel, whether you’re designing clothing or simply wearing it.”

Erie 1 BOCES’ fashion program gets students acquainted with the basics of fashion and design with classes like fashion history and color theory, while also giving students practical skills as they learn how to draft patterns and produce garments. Their education is rounded out as they learn about merchandising through classes on promotion and distribution as well.

“I think my favorite unit of study so far was the fiber unit. Learning about the characteristics of different fibers has changed the way I look at fabric, whether buying a garment or buying fabric to create one, and I am able to make smarter decisions and be more educated when purchasing fabric or clothing,” Dallis said.

Now, Dallis will be able to take everything she learned in class and apply it to create her own garments that will be featured in Erie1 BOCES fashion show at the Walden Galleria Mall. Her pieces are inspired by several different things including Wednesday Addams, Alexander McQueen, and artwork or fabric that she sees in the store.

“I don’t get inspired easily, most of the time I randomly see something that sparks an inspiration and I’m able to take it and run with it,” Dallis explained.

This year’s fashion show is themed “Illuminate” and will feature designs from all of the seniors in the program. On April 3, there will be shows at 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The fashion students will get to see their outfits on the runway during a production made possible with help from students in several other BOCES programs including cosmetology, digital media, custom painting graphics, and building trades. Between the shows there will be a career expo where all 25 of Erie 1 BOCES Career and Technical programs will be represented.  This event is free and open to the public.


About Erie 1 BOCES
As part of public education, BOCES offer a variety of career and technical programs during the normal school day to high school students. Erie 1 BOCES partners with Erie County school districts to offer unique learning opportunities in a cost effective manner.  High school students interested in learning more about how they can participate in various programs such as fashion design, electronics or aviation technology should visit www.e1b.org/cte or speak with their high school counselor.


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