LIM students are poised to showcase their styling and event-planning skills at The People’s Ball hosted by the Brooklyn Public Library on December 1.
At the all-night party, the steps of library will be covered by red carpet and attendees will get the chance to walk a runway to show off their personal style.
The free event is called “The People’s Ball” because, as LIM faculty member Terance Coffee explained, “It’s kind of like the Met Gala for real people who don’t need to pay for tickets that are $30,000.”
Approximately 2,000 people are registered to attend, according to Brandon Graham, program coordinator at the Brooklyn Public Library. “We reached out to LIM College to help because we knew it had courses specifically devoted to runway shows and styling,” Graham said.
“The whole premise is that real people don’t get the opportunity to attend these high-profile events, but here, they can express their creativity and feel special for that day,” said LIM faculty member Carlton Spence. Students from Spence’s styling class will be on site to offer style guidance right before people get on the runway that evening.
Eight students from Terance Coffee’s Advanced Event Design class will also be at the gala to help coordinate the movement of patrons on the runway. In preparation, Coffee took his students to the Brooklyn Public Library to scope out the site.
Both Coffee and Spence believe their students will successfully apply everything they’ve learned throughout the semester. “Teaching the fundamentals of event planning is fine, but it’s completely different doing it and executing it,” Coffee observed.