Sneak Peek of Fashion Coming to the Flower Show


introI had a chance earlier this week to rub elbows with the very talented junior and senior fashion design students at Moore College of Art & Design who will be bringing their Italian art-inspired wares to the Show. The dresses were assigned to the equally talented floral arrangers who will be interpreting the dresses in their own artistic arrangements. The dresses and arrangements will be paired together in the Show’s new Fashion District. I can’t wait to see what everyone creates.

West Chester’s
Nicole Caleo, 21, who has studied floral arranging in Germany and taken courses at Longwood Gardens, will be doing an arrangement based on Moore junior Christine Tong’s dress.


The dress was inspired by Nicola Salvi’s Trevi Fountain. Tong, who lives in Olney, said the dress took a month to design and create.


Kelly Wiersema, from outside of Annapolis, Md., is partnering with Radnor’s Anne Hayes, who has been participating in the Flower Show for “countless” years. Kelly’s dress was inspired by the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

“I just saw concrete, and said how am I going to translate that into clothes,” Kelly said.

This Moore senior decided to use something unconventional – paper with an underlay of fabric. The challenging part was stitching the tiers. “It will help me with construction in the future,” she said.

Checking out the dress in the design studio, Hayes said the dress hits her just right.

“It’s more graphic, more everything that I like. I’m not that into bows.”

Baltimore’s Sharday Gregory, 20, went with a color and a lace that matched the background of the Giovanni Battista Gaulli’s “The Triumph of the Name of Jesus.”


Haverford’s Jane Godshalk and Chadds Ford’s Pat McManus, who will be working on an arrangement inspired by the dress, approved.

“I think it’s fabulous,” Jane said. “She was given a very challenging picture. There weren’t a lot of lines or color. I love the poof. I start to think about what flowers would be this. Magnolias?”

Doris Petty, who has participated in the Flower Show on and off for 30 years, and Linda Mason, both members of the Wayne Woods Garden Club, are looking forward to the “dance” of this challenge. Moore student Neel Elsherif, 21, who grew up in Cairo, said she was inspired by the warm color and elongated figures in Amedeo Modigliani’s “Jeanne Seated In Chair.”


“We like knockout and simple,” Doris and Linda said. “That’s our plan.”

Wilmington, Del.’s Lindsay Waibel said she just spilled all her thoughts on paper before she came up the design for her dress inspired by Venice Carnival Masks.


“The minute she put it on the mannequin it came alive,” said Margot Sullivan, of Gladwyne, who will be partnering with Margo Bennett, in the floral arrangement. Margot S. said she’ll probably go with black and white.

It has just a beautiful curve and line that we’ll try and mimic. We’ll see.

Alexandra Gilbert’s dress was inspired by Guiseppi Archimboldo’s “The Gardner.”


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