Wyclef Jean Performs at Annual Fashion Studies Senior Fashion Show

More than 50 Montclair State University senior Fashion Studies students presented their designs as part of the fifth annual Senior Fashion Show at the Kasser Theater on May 10.  The event included an enthusiastic rap and hip hop musical performance by Grammy Award-winner Wyclef Jean who sang and danced with the Fashion Studies students and Ronald Sharps, associate dean of the College of the Arts.

This year’s show had the theme, "Field of Threads," which was reflected in the show’s staging, design, runway music, set décor, and promotional giveaways.  The show was organized entirely by Senior Seminar Fashion Studies students as part of their course requirements.  In addition to the senior student designs, the show included a collection of formal couture designs by Montclair State graduate student and wife of Wyclef Jean, Marie Claudinette Jean from her Fusha fashion line.

During the show, Wyclef Jean thanked his wife for encouraging him to participate in the evening that celebrated the hard work, talent, and dedication of the students who participated.

Awards were presented for Best Original Design and Best Execution of a Commercial Pattern.  Winners received a $500 scholarship and runners up received $250.  The scholarship winners are:

Best Original Design
Winner: Bolarin Akinduro
Runner up: Christina Brady

Best Execution of a Commercial Pattern

Winner: Kristen Jordan
Runner up: Vanessa Almazan

Montclair State is one of the few New Jersey schools offering a comprehensive degree in fashion focusing on the multibillion-dollar industry concerned with the production and sale of fashion products. With a new fashion building and the reputation as the fastest growing major on campus, Fashion Studies is recognized for its promising contribution to the fashion industry.