‘Express Yourself’ Fashion Brings Style to Guttman

The catwalk came to Guttman Community College’s Atrium on May 30 as students from the Image Consulting Club (ICC) put on the “Express Yourself” Fashion Show. Led by club President Binqing Lin, a continuing student majoring in business administration, the ICC is comprised of approximately 15 members. Assistant Professor Ariana Gonzalez-Stokas is the faculty advisor and co-hosted the event with Instructor Chet Jordan.  IMG_3013

The Fashion Show’s clothing themes featured Vintage, Spring/Summer, and ‘Express Your Darkside’ fashions. Student models Asha John, Nehemie Pierre, Ciara Brown, Stephany Lopez, Maria Parada, Kadeem Dontfraid, Gabby Rosario, and Denise Duenas sported a variety of exciting looks and styles.

The models were supported by stylists Stephanie Lin, Raven Shepard, Samantha Vasquez, and Danaly Guity and beauty team Shantelle Watkins, Jennifer Liclican, and Bianca Castro.

IMG_3648The Office of Partnerships & Community Engagement partnered with Housing Works Thrift Shops, which donated $500 in merchandise. The Image Consulting Club leadership, accompanied by Tiffany Bailey, Academic Internship Specialist, visited Housing Works Thrift Shop in Chelsea, where students “shopped till they dropped,” acquiring several items that were used to create fashionable looks in the Vintage segment of the show. All donated items were used in the show and then given to the ICC for use at future events and for the PREP for Success Closet for student interviews.

The mission of the Image Consulting Club is to highlight student creativity and allow students to express their personal interests through the lens of fashion. The club offers a variety of workshops to expand students’ professional networks by building relationships through partnerships with outside organizations. The Club encourages leadership, independence, creativity, and entrepreneurship for its members.IMG_3682

About Housing Works:

Housing Works is a healing community of people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Its mission is to end the dual crises of homelessness and AIDS through relentless advocacy, the provision of lifesaving services, and entrepreneurial businesses that sustain their efforts.

Housing Works pioneered the concept of social enterprise–businesses whose profits fund the mission of a parent not-for-profit organization. This self-sustaining model provides employment opportunities to the community in addition to fundraising. Its acclaimed Housing Works Thrift Shops, Housing Works Bookstore Cafe and The Works Catering account for approximately 25% of our $43 million annual operating budget.

While Housing Works fights in particular for the inclusion and dignity of marginalized people, including active drug users, homeless people and sexual minorities, it advocates on behalf of all people living with AIDS and HIV, whatever their circumstances and wherever they live.

View more photos of the I.C.C Fashion Show.