Student design from 2020 Fashion Design at The Dali program

Fashion Design at The Dalí

Fashion Design at The Dalí
This free program allows artistically inclined high school students from the Tampa Bay area to learn the fundamentals of design, construction and runway presentation from experienced artists and designers. Using nontraditional materials, students are invited to think creatively to produce wearable works of art that translate from sketch to runway.

The program meets weekly at Pinellas County Center for the Arts (PCCA) in Gibbs High School and is led by Patricia Donnelly, the Department Chair of the Design Technology Department at PCCA. During the semester-long program, students will also hear guest speakers from the industry and visit several Tampa Bay area stores and production facilities to gain insight into the complex world of fashion design.


2022 Program Details
The theme for this year’s program is The Shape of Dreams. Inspired by selected works at The Dalí Museum, high school students with a passion for clothing design will create tangible connections between the subconscious state of dreaming, fine art and fashion.

Each Sunday between September 11 and December 11, students will meet at PCCA-Gibbs High School from 10am – 1pm. The program is 14 weeks long with a break for Thanksgiving. If accepted to the program, students will receive a detailed weekly schedule including each week’s focus topic. Some examples of previous topics include Sewing 101 and Rendering and Design. Using nontraditional materials, students are invited to think creatively to produce wearable works of art that translate from sketch to runway. These designs will be inspired by the experiences, memories and imaginative elements that shape our dreams. This subconscious expression seen so often in Dalí’s work will challenge student designers to think critically in the creation of their pieces. Each student’s designs will be showcased at a final runway event at PCCA-Gibbs High School on December 17, 2022 and a benefit fashion show at Neiman Marcus in the International Plaza on February 9, 2023.  Selected designs will win prizes and be honored in a display at Neiman Marcus.

Applications are due by Aug 26, 2022.


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About the Instructor:
Patricia (Trish) Donnelly, PCCA Design Technology, Costume Design

Trish Donnelly is the Department Chair of the Design Technology Theatre Department at the Pinellas County Center for the Arts at Gibbs High School. She serves as the costume and stage makeup designer and instructor for the program. In addition to her educational work, Trish also designs for professional theater and private commissions. Her costume design work was most recently seen in the American Stage Theatre Company’s production of Long Day’s Journey Into Night and during the 2017 Gasparilla Pirate Festival.

Trish received her Associate of Arts from Florida State University and went on to receive her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Arts from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL. At Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN, she completed advanced classes in the study of Fiber Arts. Trish has also completed intensive classes in Stage, TV, Film and Historic Makeup Design at the London College of Fashion in London, England as the result of receiving a Surdna Arts Teachers Fellowship.

Trish was awarded the Tampa Bay 2012 Jeff Norton Outstanding Costume Design for her Rocky Horror Show design for the American Stage Theatre Company. Trish also received the 2014 Florida Theatre Conference Award of Outstanding Contribution to Florida’s Theatre in High Schools.

Trish is joining Fashion Design at The Dalí as program instructor for the sixth year in a row. She has served as instructor for the program since its inception.

Thank you to our program sponsors:

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