Art Institute of Atlanta – Decatur Fashion Class Group and its guests met at the rooftop of the institute’s parking lot, on August 28, 2013, to present show stopping creations from a few students and several local designers.
Attendees gathered around at the Art Institute of Atlanta – Decatur to witness the unfolding of the “Golden Ticket”, a Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory inspired fashion show, which was presented by the students of the Fashion Design Department of the Art Institute of Atlanta – Decatur. The event’s master of ceremonies was none other than Dr. Courtney A. Hammonds.
Dr. Courtney A. Hammonds is presently Academic Program Coordinator over the Fashion Retail & Management and Fashion Design Departments at The Art Institute of Atlanta-Decatur, contributing writer for several publications, author, spokesperson and public speaker.
“The Art Institute of Atlanta--Decatur, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta, is one of The Art Institutes (www.artinstitutes.edu), a system of more than 50 schools located throughout North America. The Art Institutes schools provide an important source of education for design, media arts, fashion and culinary arts professionals. Several institutions included in The Art Institutes system are campuses of South University or Argosy University. See aiprograms.info for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, federal salary data, alumni success, and other important information.” ~ Art Institute of Atlanta Decatur Event Press Release, AiA-D Public Relations Kim Resnick.
The “Golden Ticket” fashion show was held atop the Art Institute of Atlanta – Decatur’s parking garage. Thankfully, the sun was setting just as the guests arrived, bringing with it a cool breeze.
The décor was made festive with balloon arches and borders from Divine Balloons and white folding chairs from TLC Rental. A red carpet defined the runway.
Golden ticket one-sheet programs, printed by Decatur Printing, were provided to attendees along with a complimentary drink ticket. Sponsored cocktails, built with CayRum, were distributed by David Fire, bartender. Vendor SNAP! Franks and Coneys served up franks, chips and non-alcoholic beverages. Other sponsors were Sheen Magazine and Michelle M. Lynch of Pose Productions.
The show was opened with a performance from Moving in the Spirit dance troupe, followed by a runway walk of a couture creation symbolic of a flower blooming, a Marc Anthony couture piece. Additional designs were presented by Fashion Designer Leon Parham and Belasse Fashion House. The show was closed with designs from Rafael Cox Designs Fashion House, which is owned and operated by Lifetime’s “Project Runway, Season 9” Contestant Rafael Cox. The presentation was topped of with sponsor hair & makeup services provided by The Paul Mitchell School of Atlanta.
Though the darkness of the night found the guests before the event came to an end, parking garage lighting created a newfound ambience correlating with the culmination of the show.
All aspects of the fashion show production were handled by students. As usual the Art Institute of Atlanta Decatur Fashion Class end of semester fashion show was a success. The students can be proud of their work achieved under the leadership of fashion show director, Jalesa Singletary and Dr. Courtney A. Hammonds.
And if that weren’t enough, a portion of the proceeds from the event has been designated for its charitable recipient, Moving In the Spirit (http://movinginthespirit.org/), a nationally recognized youth development programs that uses dance to positively transform the lives of children and teens in Atlanta.