Randolph Academy Hosts 11th Annual Fashion Show

More than 200 gowns and tuxedos were donated by area merchants for the 11th annual Randolph Academy Fashion Show.

RANDOLPH — When Vicki Rosetti announced that she was retiring and closing Fashions on Main in Falconer, Randolph Academy cosmetology teacher Susan Jackson at first panicked and wondered where she was going to get gowns for the school’s 11th annual Cosmetology Fashion Show. Rosetti had graciously provided gowns and tuxedos for the fashion show for 10 years. Rosetti came to the rescue, along with others in the area and this past Valentine’s Day the Cosmetology students conducted one of their most extravagant fashion shows to date, which was held at the Randolph Central School Auditorium in Randolph.

Rosetti donated dozens of gowns, shoes, garment bags, and was on stand-by to provide whatever assistance was needed in the days leading up to the show. Couple that with a Facebook effort that resulted in dozens of dresses donated from bridal shops in Buffalo, and some coming as far away as Florida, and the Randolph Academy cosmetology students orchestrated a truly memorable fashion show.

“The support and generosity of so many and especially by Vicki Rosetti was simply overwhelming,” Jackson said. “It was literally a ‘rags to riches’ story; one day it looked like it would not happen and almost overnight it all started coming together.”

Jackson reached out to Tuxedo Junction at the McKinley Mall. Students took a field trip to the Mall where Mathew, an employee from Tuxedo Junction, personally helped the students select and get fitted for their tuxedos. Jackson said the students usually pick their tuxedos out of a magazine or online.

“It was just such a fun day and the experience of being fitted for a tuxedo was once in a lifetime experience for many of our students. Matthew was simply amazing,” she said.

Approximately 30 cosmetology students participated in the show, modeling the latest fashion in gowns and tuxedos. However, much more goes into a fashion show than simply getting dressed up.

The students were at the cosmetology classroom by 6 a.m. helping each other with hairstyling, makeup and manicures. At 11 a.m. they participated in a photo shoot with show time at 12:45 p.m. Each young lady modeled two gowns, so after being escorted down the runway they hurried back stage to change into the next gown. A student emceed the event describing each gown and tuxedo.

“The whole process from start to finish just warms your heart when you see how excited and proud the students are; it is by far their favorite part of the Cosmetology program,” Jackson continued. “What makes the event even more special was the fact that so many of our students’ family members traveled across the state to attend the annual fashion show.”

Many of the students that attend Randolph Academy are at risk children from the downstate region, referred by their respective committees on special education to attend the Academy. Half of Randolph Academy’s students reside at New Directions Youth and Family Services Randolph Residential program. At the conclusion of the fashion show, students and their families headed back to Randolph Academy for a reception for approximately 200 people. The food was prepared and the reception was coordinated by Randolph Academy teacher Kevin Abbott and his Culinary Art students.

The Cosmetology program at Randolph Academy teaches students about the profession of cosmetology, as well as job opportunities that are available in the field. Students in the program learn and practice various hands-on cosmetology skills, including hair cutting, hair styling, braiding, manicure, and waxing techniques. In addition to teaching technical skills, the program places an emphasis on life skills, communication, and goal setting.