As Fashion Week kicks off there is a lot of buzz about a lucky student who designed a gown for a high school competition that not only won first place, but will soon be sold in an iconic bridal salon. NY1's Cheryl Wills filed the following report.
Hadassa Dorcean, 18, has to pinch herself to make sure she's not dreaming these days. The student, who just graduated from The High School of Fashion Industries in Chelsea, is showing her award-winning gown to superstar designer Carmen Marc Valvo who was blown away by her creation which won the grand prize in a fashion competition.
"When I actually got here, when I was stepping in here I was like, 'Oh my God I'm really here,'" recalls Dorcean.
"I think it's amazing because when we were judging we thought, 'Oh they must be in fashion school.' And I realized they were but high school student - that's amazing," says Valvo.
The Kleinfeld Bridal Challenge was held at the iconic salon in Chelsea last spring and Hadassa's silk charmeuse gown was so well received that Kleinfeld co-owner Mara Urshel plans to sell "Hadassa's gown" alongside top American and European designers.
"We have a couture design studio and the dress is going to be manufactured by us - we are going to make a sample dress - and it will probably be ready sometime by the end of the year," says Urshel.
Hadassa, who won a cash prize, says she used tear drop shaped beading to create a sophisticated look.
"I wanted something that represented New York because I'm a New Yorker myself. So I wanted something modest, something conservative, something simple but yet it's showing the independent New Yorker," says Dorcean.
"The Department of Education is excited about this - this is a historic occasion - this has never happened before," says Lifestyle Commentator Robert DiMauro.
Hadassa Dorcean is headed to college and says the grand prize has inspired her to create her own label, Hadassador, and hopes Kleinfeld will be her first stop on the road to fashion fame.