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Lasell Students and Alum Participate in BSO's Project Tchaikovsky

January 1, 1970

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Whether it's the beat of the street or the beat in Symphony Hall, music can inspire fashion design.

Next month, Lasell fashion students Fallon Coster and Melissa Higgins will show how they were inspired by the music of Tchaikovsky when the Boston Symphony Orchestra holds its second annual fashion contest,
Project Tchaikovsky, in conjunction with two concerts on April 13 and 15.

The two students designed evening wear inspired by the music that their professor, fashion Chair Mary Ruppert-Stroescu played in class. Their designs were chosen by the BSO from five Lasell entries to be included in the contest. Three other students who entered the contest were Amanda Erickson, Brenna Fligg and Morgan Lagerberg.

Each finalist has been given $100 towards the production of his or her design. The Project Tchaikovsky winner, which will be announced in a fashion show after the concert on April 15, will be featured in Boston Magazine and receive dinner for two at the Oak Room. Additional prizes to be announced.

In addition to the two student designers, Lasell will also be represented on the judge's panel.

Lasell Alumna and fashion designer Nara Paz '09 will serve as a judge for the contest alongside BSO violinist Wendy Putnam, fashion designer Michael DePaulo, and Mary Nobile King, boutique director of Chanel and recently named one the Boston Globe's "25 Most Stylish People." Jared Bowen, arts reporter for WGBH's Greater Boston, will serve as the emcee for the April 15 post-concert event.

 

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