The second annual White River Junction Fashion Show is coming up Saturday, May 7, and features an entirely local cast and crew. Ten Vermont and New Hampshire designers are showing clothing, accessories, and jewelry, and we'd like to introduce them to you.
Mark Ezra Merrill lived and worked for nearly fifteen years as a studio artist with a particular panache for big, complex, and intentionally messy canvases. It was revealed to him (on the road to Damascus style) he would become a Fashion Designer, a destiny he was more than somewhat hesitant to fully embrace. However, you’ll be happy to know Mark Ezra Merrill has since seen the light! Mark blogs at FASHIONTHROPE.
Keeny Paige is a local fashion designer born Colleen McCleary in Canaan, NH. Keeny started making clothing at age 16 when she wasn't satisfied with her current wardrobe selection. She quickly took to fabric as a medium and produced three original fashions shows while attending Mascoma High School. After graduation Keeny went on to Fashion School at Lasell College in Newton, MA. She graduated in 2012 magna cum laude, with Honors. She interned with the Boston Ballet Costume Shop, Opera North, and Cotton, Inc. Currently, Keeny is working on her new tailoring and clothing alteration small business: Keeny Paige Fashions and Alterations. You can also see her work on Instagram.
Alyssa Couture is owner/designer of her womenswear brand Alternative Fashion. Her fashion is chic, effortless and stylish.
Allyce Good is a 17-year-old Hanover High School student. She has always loved fashion and has been sewing ever since her grandmother first gave her a needle and thread. The WRJ fashion show will be her first runway show!
Stacy Hopkins received her Goldsmith’s certification in Florence, Italy, where she began her career as a jeweler in 2001. Originally from Hanover, NH, she returned to the US in 2009, where she opened the jewelry and fine art gallery Scavenger in downtown White River Junction. Her work is internationally renowned and has been featured in acclaimed publications including Italian Vogue. You can see it online at Stacy Hopkins Jewelry.
Sophie Kirpan (Vermont Tribe) grew up in central Vermont with ten adopted siblings and plenty of canned fruit. Her greatest art mentor has always been her dad, who started taking her to hunt for project supplies in free piles, dumpsters, thrift stores and yard sales from the time she was five. Thankfully, her mom taught her how to live debt free, so her greatest accomplishment has been the ability to survive on a part time job with plenty of time to do artsy sorts of things, taking a month off each year to backpack abroad. She splits her year living with her partner in an off-the-grid yurt in Duxbury, and the colder months in a house in Fayston with an actual shower and a beautiful washer and dryer.
KB Noize, aka Kevin Burke, comes to the Upper Valley via Philadelphia and Provincetown, MA. Knighted as Provincetown's favorite street artist by John Waters, he is a mixed media artist whose formal graffiti training was learned on the streets. He finds his motivation by sublimating music and heartbreak. He votes Drum & Bass for President 2016.
Orin Pacht is deeply influenced by his connection to place, land, and people. He first began making jewelry at Hanover High under the instruction of Peter Lange. Educated as a bench jeweler at Pearce Jewelers, he later joined Designer Gold in 2000. Orin wears many hats at Designer Gold. His time is split between creating his own work, collaborating with customers on commissioned projects and managing all repairs, often doing many of them himself. If this was not enough, Orin has recently begun teaching classes at the Hanover League of New Hampshire Craftsmen as well as instructing at the Claflin Jewelry Studio at Dartmouth College. In addition to his jewelry experience, He has worked extensively in White River Junction designing and making clothing and costumes. He is truly excited to be participating in this fashion show!
Daisy Shaver, aka Jeff Huyett, lives in a Radical Faerie intentional community in Grafton. He has sewn clothes for himself since he was a kid. Now he is sewing for others, too. This is his first fashion show.
It takes more than designers to put on a show. We can't list everyone - in particular the models - but here are several of the other individuals involved.
Timothy Duggan (lights) is a tech, musician, event organizer, and educator who was recently awarded the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at Revolution’s 2016 Oscar party.
Ben Fleishman (photography) is a local photographer specializing in wedding, portrait, event, restaurant, and website photography. You can see his work online at benfleishman.com.
David Fairbanks Ford (Main Street Museum director) was born in the Republic of Moldova, in the mid-20th century. With the help of double agents from both the CIA and the Soviet KGB, he was reassigned his identity as an aging, bowtie wearing, museum curator in a small town in central Vermont. From his lair in the town’s former fire station, he listens to Reggeton and Champeta music while researching everything from Russian kitsch, to Latin American novelists, to the Seminole and Miccosukee American Indian nations. He is considered an expert in crystal ball “scrivening,” raising small, annoying dogs, and finding larger, older American luxury cars that routinely break down. He has never considered being left-handed as a source of shame or a liability, as he considers it a symbol of greater intelligence and creativity than average.
Katie O’Day (makeup) is the go to makeup artist of the WRJ elite. She is cofounder of O'Hey Productions. Her work has been captured by world renowned photographers such as Nigel Barker and Matt Bucy. Her skills with an eyebrow pencil are unsurpassed. She has created looks, such as her pop art crying girl last Halloween, that inspired millions when Snapchat stole it and made it a filter. She also shaves cats.
Rebecca Weber (production manager) is a web developer and craft designer and teacher. When she's not coding or crafting, she's watching B-movies at the Main Street Museum, cooking, keeping in touch with friends and family, or doing puzzles. Though she's worked in alterations and costuming in the past, this is her first involvement in any kind of fashion show. You'll find Rebecca's crafting at ReveDreams.com.
Connie White (hair) has owned Ronin Men’s Salon for nearly 10 years. She loves her salon and what she does, and finds it a wonderful feeling to go to work and do what you love. She is from Norwich, VT, and has lived in the Upper Valley most of her life. When she is not at the shop she enjoys family, pets and the outdoors.