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"Basquiat Meets Bergdorf Goodman"


February 18, 2023

Buffalo State's Fashion and Textile Technology Department wants to make the global fashion industry a more diverse and inclusive place. 


The Black Fashion Scholarship's mission is to foster equity and inclusion within the fashion industry by supporting promising students of Black, African-American, or African descent who are committed to creating a more equitable society.


There is so much work to do to combat systemic racism in the fashion world, but donors like you open doors for talented Black students to succeed. Let’s come together to invest in their future and help them reach their full potential. 


Thank you to Buffalo Art Movement for hosting "Basquiat Meets Bergdorf Goodman," supporting our students and raising over $8,000 for our Black Fashion Scholarship. Thank you to our sponsors Renew Bath & Body and Lago 210 and to everyone that donated to the scholarship. Your support is helping us create equity for the next generation of Black fashion students! Join us April 22nd at our 16th annual RUNWAY fashion show and scholarship award ceremony as we celebrate the achievements in our department. 



Opening remarks

Francisco "Paco" Hernandez-Ilizaliturri

Founder, BAM! 

Erin Habes

Buffalo State Fashion and Textile Technology, faculty


Francisco "Paco" Hernandez-Ilizaliturri, Founder, BAM!

Patti Thomas "The Ghost," Artist

Michael Wooten, Managing Editor, Anchor, and Reporter, WGRZ

Michael Constantine, Artist, and Co-owner, Renew Bath & Body

Phylicia Dove, Owner, Black Monarchy

Zhanna Reed, Miss Niagara

Stephen Blaszczak


Renew Bath & Body and Lago 210

DJ Nadi


Madison Bryant-Wagstaff

Black Fashion Scholarship '22 winner

Opening performance



Buffalo State Africana Studies, student

Show Lineup

1. Alejandro Sanchez

[Models - Zorion Miles & Tamir Riley]

2. Madeline McDaniel

[Model - Jessica Hale]

3. Jessica Martinez

[Model - Joel Ramirez]

4. Kimori Jamison

[Model - Danayaa Amalia]

5. Madison Bryant-Wagstaff

[Models - Zahra Forde & Kayla Salmon]

6. Massa Keita

7. Robby Motz

[Model - Kimori Jamison]

8. Liam Kane

[Model - Zach PcPherson]

9. Jakilah Greene

[Model - "Z" Xavier Spencer]

10. Karrington Jackson

[Model - Kayeelah Ephriaim]

11. Amani Karam

[Model - Fatuma Abdi]

12. Bella Bussard

[Model - Jalee Martinez]

13. Sabrina Russell

[Model - Sabrina Russell]

14. Israel Gayden-Pitts

[Model - Israel Gayden-Pitts]

15. Alyssa Arena

[Model - Cheyenne]

16. Alexis Remington

[Model - Isabel Ramsey]

17. Ashley Fidler

[Model - Tyler Jackson]

18. Lisa Harvey

[Model - Bella Harvey]

19. Marquita Goree

[Models - Nathalie Asumani & Madison Halle]

Designer Interviews

People's Choice Award

Vote for your favorte designer!


"Ballerina Tying Her Shoes"

By Markenzy Julius Cesar


3rd Place - $500 

2nd Place - $750

1st Place - $1,000

People's Choice Award - $1,000

Thank you!

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