High fashion comes to higher education this week when Rockland County designer, Hope Blake Wade, is a featured speaker at the Nyack College Writing Center’s “Get Creative Event” on Thursday, October 5 from 9:15p.m.–11:00 p.m. in Shuman Hall, 185 South Highland Avenue in Nyack.
The founder/CEO of Hope Wade Designs is well-known for producing elegant apparel, which has graced many red carpets strolls including the Academy Awards and Fashion Weeks in London, New York and the Caribbean. She was one of the top 3 finalists in the Project Runway, “Win a Critique with Tim Gunn” contest. Actress and
Multi-media artist Susannah Devenney and entrepreneur Thomas Trott will also present on how art, fashion and words go together.
Hope Wade was born in Jamaica and currently lives in Rockland County. After earning a degree from Cooper Union in Manhattan, she worked as a graphic designer. On the night of a fashion emergency, Wade pulled out her mother’s sewing machine and created a formal dress that impressed all the guests at a gala. That experience became the spark that ignited her passion for fashion. She has since become known for her burlap clothing designs in a collection of couture dresses, suits, and evening wear.
Thomas Trott, originally from Frederick, MD, has always been a visual person in love with the concept of visual self-expression. In the fall of 2014, he read Matthew 5:14-15 and it struck him like never before. Thomas found that experience to be an incredibly visual illustration, universally relevant, contextually lucrative, and inspirational biblical truth and ideology. He decided to make it his life’s mantra and the foundational ideology of what is now his company, Light Apparel.
Susannah Devenney comes from a big family in the small town of East Haddam, CT. She has always been a creative person and spent much of her childhood days either reading or designing dresses. She is known for combining unusual elements of high and low fashion in her designs. She works with a variety of media—whether celebrating a blend of song lyrics and clothing with her paintings or crafting her unique spin on old clothing with hand-painted denim patches and detailed embroidery. She writes a fashion column for Nyack’s student newspaper, The Forum and hopes to pursue a career in fashion culture.
Join the Writing Center staff as they host this unique evening of showcasing clothes with a message!