Over the last few months, BKW senior and Career and Technical Education Global Fashion Studies student Faith Coates received a first-hand experience in work-based learning with the Albany-based Capital Repertory Theatre. As part of this mini-internship, Career and Technical Education Global Fashion Studies students are researching 1870s men’s vests and creating design boards that will be turned into vests using a pattern provided by Capital Repertory officials. The students are adding their personal designs to the works and will present their final products to the theater group in December.
“It is interesting to see the adjustments made to fashion for theatrical purposes,” said Coates, who attends BOCES from Berne-Knox-Westerlo High School. “I am interested in costuming, so it is nice to learn how the fashion of theater is different than retail fashion and how adjustments are made to meet the needs of theater,” Coates added.
“Capital Rep offers a unique opportunity for students to see the theater industry, and specifically costume design,” said teacher Chloe Perazzelli. “Students gain insight into the design process, work in the studio with experts, and understand the process of designing for a show. We are extremely grateful to the team members for taking the time to work with our students,” she said.
Students in the Capital Region BOCES Global Fashion program study creative design and core business concepts and apply them to the fashion world. They also learn about careers in fashion, merchandising, marketing, fashion drawing, textiles, how to use a sewing machine, foundation pattern making, and sewing skills while taking part in work-based learning opportunities at area shopping malls to learn visual display and merchandising.