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Lowville man, former pro dancer presents fashion collection


Former Lowville resident Bradon P. “Brady” McDonald recently presented his first fashion collection in Los Angeles.

Mr. McDonald had a 14-year career as a professional modern dancer. In 1993, after graduating from the Buffalo Academy of Visual and Performing Arts, he was accepted to the Juilliard School in New York City. He was one of fewer than two dozen applicants worldwide to be offered admission and a scholarship to its modern dance program. He graduated in 1997.

He joined the Mark Morris Dance Group, based in New York City, in 2000. In addition to dancing, Mr. McDonald has choreographed and presented his own works internationally and served as choreographer for seven Juilliard Opera Company productions.

Mr. McDonald, the son of Shirley McDonald, Lowville, and the late Stephen P. McDonald, was born in Watertown and grew up in Lowville. He lives in California and is a graduating student in advanced fashion design at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Los Angeles.

The college presents an annual fashion show, “FIDM Debut,” which showcases the talent of 10 selected students. The FIDM Scholarship Foundation receives the proceeds of the event.

The 10 participants are chosen based on overall grade point average, references, portfolio review, skill level and formal interviews with FIDM department heads.

According to a FIDM press release, when Mr. McDonald created his collection, he was inspired by the Malibu beach cliffs in California. His special occasion day and eveningwear for women comprises fabrics such as luxurious silk.

Mr. MacDonald admires other designers such as Alexander McQueen, Charles James and Christian Lacroix.

FIDM is the West Coast home of the popular TV series “Project Runway” and site of “Design School,” an original series on HGTV.

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