Identity and Fashion

29 Jul 2019 CONTAINERS
a young man dressed in blue with his hand touching the side of his head from the exhibition Identity and Fashion
Designer: Winy Garcia | Model: Eliel Pacheco

Featuring: Students of the High School of Art & Design and The High School of Fashion Industries

Presented by
The High School of Art & Design and The High School of Fashion Industries

Curated by
Brenna McLaughlin, Ben Russell








Our Career and Technical (CTE) Education High Schools give students the support to design, create, and photograph. Growing up in New York City, CTE high school students emphasize their artistic style not only with the clothes they buy, but with the clothes they make.

This year at Photoville, we are celebrating the collaboration between our fashion and photography students with the theme of Identity and fashion. Each collaboration represents the process we take each student through: researching current fashion photography trends, testing props, and styling, and designing mood boards to determine a look. Students’ work is produced in our schools’ studios and on location.

Thumbnail photo credit: Amaris Gonzales

Make sure to also check out related Walking Tour School’s in Session: A Guided Tour of New Student Work at Photoville.


Brenna McLaughlin has been a photographer and educator for the past twenty years in Chicago and New York. She believes the camera is a great pedagogical instrument, a strong tool for self expression and a way to tell inventive stories.

Brenna has been a photography teacher at the High School of Art and Design, a New York City Career and Technical Education school for the past four years, where she spearheaded a new curriculum for sophomores, juniors, and seniors that combines multiple aspects of photography, work based learning, and collaborations. She believes that the Career and Technical Education model of learning, is a way to bring the real world directly into the classroom. Brenna has also taught with the International Center of Photography and the Brooklyn Arts Council in New York City. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

After over 30 years as a freelance commercial photographer working for corporate, editorial, and nonprofit clients, Ben Russell started a second career as a high school art teacher. He has been teaching visual art, and black and white film photography, at the High School of Fashion Industries in New York City, for the past four years. Ben also teaches at the International Center of Photography, and at the Fashion Institute of Technology. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.


The mission of the High School of Art & Design is to inspire, educate, and fully prepare our gifted students to become exceptional artists. Through a unified curriculum that incorporates a broad spectrum of disciplines integrating art, technology, and academics, our students are prepared to go on to college and careers with industry-standard mastery in the major of their choice.

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The mission of the High School of Fashion Industries is to provide challenging, creative, and effective career, technical, and academic training for New York City students. The faculty and administration of our school, working with the cooperation of the parents and the student body, seek to provide a unique learning experience, and a specially tailored program for all students who have an interest in a fashion related field.