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Framingham State senior Ashley Boiardi's entry in the Boston Symphony Orchestra's annual design competition was chosen as the winner of the "Patrons' Favorite" award on February 3. The annual fashion contest is organized by the BSO and focuses on a different composer each year.
“Project Beethoven” gave local fashion students the opportunity to showcase their ability by submitting designs inspired by the famous composer’s music.
Boiardi, a fashion design student, said she spent some time researching clothing in the late 18th and early 19th centuries and then tried to modernize what she saw.
“I noticed there were a lot of cranberry colors and neck emphasis,” she said. “I took what I found and tried to create something contemporary that could be worn today.”
The result is a red velvet gown design with a scoop neck.
Boiardi was one of ten finalists whose designs were showcased following a concert at Symphony Hall in Boston.
The competition was open to students from local colleges and universities.
“This is the first time we’ve had students enter the competition,” said Fashion, Design and Retailing Professor Arlene Handschuch. “We’re thrilled to have one of our students selected as a finalist. I think it says a lot about the strength of our program.” Many members of the Consumer Sciences faculty, as well as Academic Vice President Linda Vaden-Goad, were on hand to see an FSU student capture one of two top honors at the event.
Boiardi chose fellow student and fashion design senior Sarah Rogers to model her creation.
The “Patrons' Favorite” design captured the most votes from patrons who attended the evening's BSO concert.

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