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Fashion line: Brooklyn Public Library hosts fashion show in Prospect Heights • Brooklyn Paper

Fashion line: Brooklyn Public Library hosts fashion show in Prospect Heights

A sleek look debuted at Brooklyn Public Library’s May 3 fashion show.
Photo by Trey Pentecost

You can judge this book by its cover girl!

Brooklyn’s biggest book lender hosted a fashion show at its Prospect Heights headquarters on May 3, where budding designers showed off hot new looks in an event that locals agreed was a real page turner!

A model sporting a snazzy, but perhaps not too practical cape at Brooklyn Public Library’s Central Branch.
Photo by Trey Pentecost

“It was pretty good,” said Prospect Lefferts Gardens resident Jasmin Green, who brought daughter Kourtney Henry, 6, to the event. “Definitely saw some items that stood out.”

The runway show was the culmination of a 16-week crash course in design offered by Brooklyn Public Library, called BKLYN Fashion Academy, where 20 would-be Calvin Kleins ages 17 to 60 were taught the ABCs of fashion, while given access to studio spaces and other library resources to help market the Guccis and Billabongs of tomorrow.

A fetching look designed by one of 20 graduates of Brooklyn Public Library’s BKLYN Fashion Academy.
Photo by Trey Pentecost

At the show, which was hosted by top model Tamiko White, professional models strutted the runway at the book lenders’ Central Branch on Grand Army Plaza, sporting looks developed by the BKLYN Fashion Academy grads and inspired by ethnic Herero women of Namibia, who wear a modernized version of Victorian-style dresses.

And like any good fashion show, the designs on display ranged from the practical to the outlandish, with some of the African-inspired looks complimented by neon capes, sheer-fabric trench coats, and fur trims that might feel a little much off the runway, Green said.

A great new look, for when you really want to stand out.
Photo by Trey Pentecost

“Some of the outfits weren’t everyday wear,” she said. “But it showed off their talent!”

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at cmixson@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4505.

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