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"Elysium" bringing Mount Olympus to GCC in Batavia


BATAVIA -- Genesee Community College's 36th Annual Fashion Show, scheduled for April 29, is just a few weeks away, which means more than 250 designers, seamstresses, coordinators, models, hospitality, security and refreshment experts, MC's, photographers, videographers and product merchants are all working in high gear. This year's show entitled, "Elysium," is derived from Greek mythology and describes "an often imaginary place or state of utter perfection and happiness" sometimes referred to as paradise or a land where all beauty lies.
Students are now refining their interpretations of "Elysium," introducing different Greek gods and goddesses into the design concepts making up 14 separate, fast-moving scenes. Each scene has its own coordinator(s), models, music, merchants and of course, a fashion feast of color, fabric, style, accessories, movement, motion and sensation. The following highlights the scenes with each coordinator and supportive merchant in the upcoming Fashion Show:

TERPISCHORE - Goddess of Dance and Chorus
Scene Coordinator: Kayla Suchanick (Fredonia, NY)

HADES & PERSEPHONE - God of the Underworld & Goddess of Spring/Underworld
Scene Coordinator: Jenna Curcio (Rochester, NY)
Stores/Designers: Windsor, Autumn Fox Creations, My Witchery, Loy Gross, Vivo Masks, Party City (Greece)

TITANS - Second Generation of Divine Beings
Scene Coordinators: Dominique Hughes (Medina, NY) & Bailey Johnson (Hamlin, NY)
Stores/Designers: Kohl's (Batavia), Taylor Wilson

CHLORIS - Goddess of Flowers
Scene Coordinators & Designers: Naoko Hayashi (Ishikawa, Japan) & Momoka Fukatsu (Shizuoka, Japan)

EURYBIA - Goddess of the Sea
Scene Coordinator & Designer: Nadine Jeffery (Batavia, NY)

ZEUS - King of the Gods
Scene Coordinators & Designers: Anthony Walker (Liberia) & Luke Kondrat (Exeter, New Hampshire)

HEMERA & NYX - Goddess of Day & Goddess of Night
Scene Coordinator & Designer: Jesse Foster (Oakfield, NY)

ODYSSEUS - Greek Mythological Hero
Scene Coordinator: Mariah Paddock (Clyde, NY)
Stores: Gitman Bros.

MAAT - Goddess of Truth, Balance & Order
Scene Coordinator & Designer: Alicia Acker (Rochester, NY)

FATES/MOIRAI - Deities of Fate
Scene Coordinators & Designers: Min Muchler (Dansville, NY) & Seonggyung Choe (Busan, South Korea)

NEMESIS - Goddess of Revenge
Scene Coordinators: Lyesha Lantz (Rochester, NY) & Daisha Spence (Raleigh, NC)
Designer: Lyesha Lantz

APOLLO - God of Music
Scene Coordinator & Designer: Masato Tsunekawa (Tokyo, Japan)

GAIA - Goddess of the Earth
Scene Coordinators: Ciera Schwartz (Akron, NY) & Mary Nolan (East Aurora, NY)
Store: Francesca's Collections (Greece)

APHRODITE - Goddess of Love
Scene Coordinator: Kourtney Shearer (Mayville, NY)
Stores/Designers: M.A. Carr Bridal, Dalia's Bridal, Jill Monroe, Megan Hollister, Charles Men's Shop

"Elysium" gives students the opportunity to not only express their creativity and originality, but to tell a story. By tying together elements from Greek mythology and drawing inspiration from the lives and personalities of Greek gods and goddesses, GCC students intend to show how today's fashion is much more than just a materialistic concept. The show will illustrate how GCC fashion students appreciate both art and history, and how aspects from different cultures are presented universally in the fashion world today.

Due to the overwhelming popularity of GCC's annual Fashion Show, the event features two complete shows scheduled on April 29, 2017 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the William W. Stuart Forum of GCC's Batavia Campus. Tickets for the show are available for $5 in advance or $7 at the door and can be purchased by calling 585-345-6830. Advance tickets are strongly recommended.