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Runway 7.0: Meet the Senior Designers II


This Saturday is the seventh installment of Buffalo State’s Runway, a fashion show that showcases the design work of Buffalo State fashion students. A matinee and an evening show will be held on campus in Social Hall (3 p.m. and 8 p.m). One of the main features of this popular annual event is the sharing of collections from the program’s Senior Designers. The six senior students have been working since the beginning of the school year to create collections that will be judged in a style similar to that found on the television show, “Project Runway”. This year, the senior who is selected as the winner of Runway 7.0 will receive the Nancy Belfer Award—a grant of $1,000—plus, a complete set of professional shears courtesy of Eastman Machine, a Coats & Clark thread pack, and a photo shoot of their collection with respected photographer, Luke Copping.

This year, the Senior Designers are a very eclectic bunch, each with very different aesthetics. Below you can learn a bit about three of them and what inspired their collections. (Click here to see the first installment of this series, featuring the collections of Laura Piccirillo, Casey Li, and Meghan McNicholl.)


Amy Tang

A native of Hong Kong, Tang began her time at Buffalo State as a business major until she realized she needed to be challenged creatively. With a little help from her aunt, she began pursuing fashion design and hasn’t looked back since. Her senior collection—titled “Butterfly Effect”—takes inspiration from the shape and design of butterfly wings. Tang’s idea began with the idea of rebirth, and follows through with shapes and colors reminiscent of wings.


Rachel Hamerski

Growing up here in Buffalo, Hamerski was always enthusiastic about making crafts and jewelry. Starting out as a fashion merchandising major, she made the transition into design after succeeding in the school’s “Cotton Transformation Challenge”, where the dress she designed not only debuted on the Runway 5.0 stage, but won a Creativity Award during the Cotton Symposium, and also appeared on the Runway 6.0 poster series. “Chrysalias” is the title of her senior collection, which pulls inspiration from the mirrored symmetry of nature and butterflies. One of Rorschach’s inkblot cards resembles a butterfly and it plays a big part in her prints. Hamerski hopes her theme portrays the identity of a woman who is both confident and independent.


Mei Zhen Lin

Lin’s collection, titled “Sea of Flowers,” consists of bridal gowns inspired by traditional weddings in China and America. She wants her collection to represent the transformation of a young woman’s life through the process of marriage. Lin’s chosen color palette is red and white, following Chinese and American tradition and also fusing the two cultures together. Lin also uses lace throughout her garments to represent both the softness and edginess of this part of a young woman’s life.



Experience these collections and many more this Saturday, May 10, on Buffalo State campus in Social Hall, with a matinee show at 3 p.m. and an evening show at 8 p.m. Purchase your tickets at Brown Paper Tickets today.



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