SAY YES TO THIS DRESS — Tina Popovski, a senior at Frontier High School and a fashion design student at Erie 1 BOCES, will be displaying her designs for that school’s fashion showcase on April 3 at the Walden Galleria Mall. Photo submitted by Candace Reimer.
HAMBURG — During sophomore year at Frontier High School, when students were directed to make decisions about their future and her friends expressed desires to become teachers and lawyers, Hamburg resident Tina Popovski said that she had no idea what she wanted to do.
After taking a field trip to Erie County’s Boards of Cooperative Educational Services and sitting in the fashion design room, Popovski said that she was immediately inspired.
Now focused on her passion, she said that BOCES is the right fit for her education.
“It’s a whole different experience here,” she said. “It’s so much more personal for each individual; it’s more centered for what they really want to do. Here, there’s definitely more hands-on experience. You get more in-depth into what field you’re looking to go into.”
Her clothing designs will be showcased during this year’s Erie 1 BOCES fashion show, which will be held at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. on April 3 at the Walden Galleria Mall.
“[The show] is based off of the two-year program here,” Popovski said. She has been studying fashion design and merchandising with instructor Darlene Meek.
With the theme “Illuminate,” this upcoming fashion event will reflect the growth of the students from their junior to senior year. According to Popovski, “Illuminate is basically showing the glow from our two years.”
Popovski said her line takes inspiration from Baz Luhrmann’s film “Moulin Rogue,” and that her designs are a “more theatrical take.” One piece she described as a jump-off of a can-can dress, with orange and yellow ruching, is reminiscent of fire. She called it her “flame dress.”
She also designed a black and gold trench coat, which will be paired with a sequined black top hat.
The clothing she designs is not for everyday wear, Popovski said, adding that “you would definitely have to be going out to an event, because there’s more of a theatrical side.”
With graduation fast approaching, Popovski said that she has not yet decided on her future plans.
“[I am] hoping it’s not in Buffalo,” she said, adding that she will be looking into fashion marketing as a career. She said that this aspect of the couture world is what intrigues her most.
Another possibility for her future is to become a fashion critic, either on the national or international level.
For now, she and her peers will conquer Erie County, for an evening.
“Everybody in my class is incredibly talented. People don’t expect what they see,” Popovski said.
The upcoming fashion show will spotlight nine students.
“We have students from a lot of other programs that will assist with it,” said Kimberly Biniasz, assistant principal of the Harkness Career and Technical Center at BOCES. Some students will participate as models; cosmetic students will be doing hair and makeup and the TV and sound classes will assist with music and production.
This, the fifth annual such fashion show, will be held in front of Macy’s at the Walden Galleria Mall, located at 1 Walden Galleria Drive in Cheektowaga.