Fashion designers find inspiration in classical music

By Jody Feinberg

A model shows off the work of designer JanFrevic Lujares, left, of Brockton, as part of Project Debussy, a fashion contest presented by the Boston Symphony Orchestra.


The buzz began when patrons entered the Symphony Hall lobby and saw a young woman modeling an evening gown designed by fashion student JanFrevic Lujares of Brockton.

“It’s stunning and quite impressive,” said Susan Wallace of Kingston. “The mix of teal and green is unexpected and the pleated work on the bodice is great.”

Wallace then admired the fashions of 10 more designers from Greater Boston fashion schools, who were selected to compete in Project Debussy, a fashion contest last Thursday run by the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Each student designed and made a piece of evening wear inspired by the music of Claude Debussy.


Project Debussy is the fourth fashion competition sponsored by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, following Projects Mozart, Tchaikovsky and Beethoven. After the modeling, the BSO played a concert that included Debussy’s “Le Mer.”

“It’s a way to celebrate the fusion between fashion and classical music and expose younger people to classical music,” said Kathy Benharris, a fashion consultant who produced the event for the BSO.

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