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Montclair State University Student Artists Bring Jane Austen’s Characters to Life for Bergen County Players

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Ella Cavanagh, Tracy Jersez, and Dominique Egalite
Ella Cavanagh, Tracy Jersez, and Dominique Egalite

Montclair State University student artists from the College of Arts, Illustration and Fashion Design and Merchandising (FADM) programs created personalized illustrations of the characters from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice for the Bergen County Players. Under the advisement of FADM Faculty, Professor Sherita M. Cuffee, each student artist created illustrations utilizing their personal aesthetic to bring the characters to life. The three students are:

  • Ella Cavanagh, Fashion Design & Merchandising Major
  • Dominique Egalite, Illustration Major
  • Tracy Jerez, Fashion Design & Merchandising Major

Bergen County Players is a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the local community with quality theatrical productions. The students illustrations were well received and were installed to welcome the first production of the play which opened on February 2, 2024.

Ella Cavanagh

lla is a senior fashion design and merchandising student who is also minoring in Japanese and Visual Arts. While studying fashion, she is very interested in costume design and cosplay. She primarily works in textile arts such as block and screenprinting and shibori dyework.

Works on view:

Ella Cavanagh illustration example.

Dominique Egalite

Works on view:

Dominique student work

Tracy Jerez

“I am an aspiring fashion designer with a romantic, dark aesthetic. Clad in black is my design signature, with the occasional blood red or lustrous gold thrown in. My fashion illustrations and other artworks are primarily done with a combination of acrylic paint, watercolors, markers, and colored pencils. My designs and art tend to incorporate a fusion of modern and historical elements— Victorian mourning wear being one of my main inspirations. I like my creations to evoke a sense of confidence, elegance, and a touch of ‘if looks could kill.’”

Works on view:

Tracy Jerez illustration example