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2010-10-21 / Local News

Student’s fashion design part of showcase


Warejko Warejko Allison Warejko won’t sashay down the runway, but her clothes will garner plenty of attention.

The Cheektowaga native and St. Mary’s of Lancaster High School graduate has been chosen as one of the students whose art will be displayed Oct. 21 through Jan. 28 at the Syracuse Tech Garden. “Fresh” is a collection of art by upperclass students and faculty from the Division of Art and Design at Cazenovia College.

“We were asked to submit our art for the show, and I got chosen,” said Warejko, a senior. “I’m pretty pumped about it. It should be cool.”

Warejko studies fashion design at Cazenovia and will display a halter top, skirt, jacket combination inspired by Claude Monet and George Washington. How did she come up with that mixture of historical figures?

“I was looking for inspiration, and I kind of randomly chose those two,” she said. “They just popped in my head. I had the jacket from a previous assignment, and I put it together with the top and skirt.”

This is the first real show for Warejko, who will graduate in the spring and pursue a career in fashion. She has displayed her designs at school, but never at something as big as this.

The show is presented in conjunction with Th3, the third Thursday events, Syracuse’s Citywide Arts Open Houses. Juniors and seniors from Cazenovia College’s Art and Design programs will exhibit their best works including paintings, drawings, photography, fashion constructions and sculpture.

This is just the first step toward a planned career in fashion that Warejko hopes will take her around the world after graduation.

“Maybe I’ll move to New York City and get a starter job,” she said. “I might go to London for a year. Eventually, I want to move to Los Angeles and start my own line.”

Warejko did an internship with Suzi Chin in New York City this past summer. She also ran her own fashion show at Crouse Hospital during her sophomore year.

“I’ve always sketched in my notebook, and I didn’t know what to do with my life,” Warejko said, remembering her days at St. Mary’s. People said I should try fashion design. And I loved it. This is my passion.”

(Story ideas for this feature can be sent to Lancaster-Depew Bee Editor Lisa A. Johnson, Bee Publications, 5564 Main St., Williamsville, or call 204-4924.)

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