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Fashion program for local teens with '30s elegance

GRANVILLE, N.Y.-In conjunction with a new museum exhibit, titled "Quarryman's Daughter: Italian American Jennie Labate and Her 1930s Fashion Drawings", the Slate Valley Museum, located at 17 Water St. in Granville, will offer an intensive fashion design class for junior high teens on Saturday, May 15, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with Vermont fashioner designer Wyley Garcia.

Along with viewing Jennie Labate's 35 fashion drawings of the Great Depression era, each student will learn how to design a line of clothing using croquis (fashion illustration figures).

By the end of the day, participants will create one of their own designs using fabric and basic sewing skills.

A live debut of all the teen designers' fashions is scheduled during the museum's fundraiser, Fashion After Hours, on Saturday, May 22, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., at the museum.

Instructor Wyley Garcia received her MFA from Massachusetts College of Art. As an artist, she primarily works with textiles making wearable art and huge textile installations. She is a fiber arts coordinator and fashion design instruction at Davis Studios, Burlington. She recently participated in an International Wearable Arts Exhibition juried by Liz Good, Editor of Fiber Arts Magazine.

The cost for the day-long fashion class, which includes materials, is $45 per student or $40 per student for museum members. Students also receive free admission to the Fashion After Hours fundraiser. Class space is limited, and pre-registration and payment are required.

Pre-registration and payment are also required for those wishing to attend the Fashion After Hours fundraiser. The cost is $25 per person or $20 for museum members, and space is limited.

Along with the teen fashion show, the evening features a live mannequin and the 1930s movie "The Divorcee", starring Norma Shearer, who won an Academy Award for Best Actress in the role.

The museum will be transformed into a nightclub-like setting where attendees will enjoy complimentary hors de oeuvres and a cash bar specializing in martinis and non-alcoholic "marteenis."

To make reservations for the class or the fundraiser, call the museum at 518-642-1417. For the museum's 15th Anniversary 2010 Calendar of Exhibits, Public Programs, and Events, call the same number or visit the museum website at www.slatevalleymuseum.org. The museum is handicapped accessible and air conditioned.

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