Dept. Chair & Professor Mrs. BJ Arnett

Dept. Chair & Professor Mrs. BJ Arnett

Clark Atlanta University Senior Exhibition & Fashion Show

FEATURES

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MODEL MAJESTY PHILOSOPHY

Founded in 1979 as Just BJ, modeling and etiquette course for children ages 5 – 18 which was established with JC Penney stores of Georgia. The program became Model Majesty in 2000 reflecting the change in growth of Camy and BJ Arnett with the idea to better serve children and their parents in the fashion and film community. 

Professor Mrs. BJ Arnett is the proud Department Chair of Fashion Merchandising, and founder of Fashion Week at Clark Atlanta University. 

With over 40 years in the film/fashion/entertainment/education arena, let her help you build a platform that takes your business or brand to the next level.

 COURSES TAUGHT:

VISUAL MERCHANDISING

PROMOTIONAL PLANNING STRATEGIES

RETAIL MANAGEMENT

FASHION SHOW PRODUCTION

PRINCIPLES OF FASHION INDUSTRY

WARDROBE STYLING AND CONSULTING

RETAIL MATH BUYING AND PLANNING

CASE STUDIES IN FASHION MARKETING

FASHION MERCHANDISING SEMINAR

ADDITIONAL COURSES TAUGHT:

HISTORY OF COSTUME

EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP

BUSINESS ETIQUETTE

COSTUMING

MAKEUP MODELING

PREPRODUCTION, PRODUCTION, AND POST PRODUCTION

AUDIO, FILM AND TELEVISION PRODUCTION

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Always available to help tell your story.

 

 As a department chair, I am responsible for providing academic and professional advice to fashion merchandising concentration majors. This concentration is the most heavily subscribed in the department. To further that commitment, I have engaged in mentorship discussions with students to help develop and or build their personal businesses. Students who demonstrate business, cultural and social excellence as it relates to their specific career aspirations are then given the opportunity to work/mirror or intern with some of Georgia’s best and brightest Fashion, Art and Business professionals. This also ties back into objective #1 -- expanding opportunity with the industry and student accountability exchange. She has fostered relationships within the Film/Costuming/Business community and expanded internships,  jobs and mirroring opportunities. This interface with the industry has strengthened students' understanding of the industry and often given them intern opportunities. The following is a list of those industry leaders who have spoken, done workshops, given internships and/or paid jobs in 2017-2019.

 

Camy Arnett

Camy Arnett Production Studios

 

Miriam Ashford

11Alive NBC Atlanta Community Affairs Department


Anita Finklestien-Temple

Costumer Film and Television


Monica Woods-Younger

Costume Stylist Buyer CBS Television show Kevin Probably Saves the World

 

Dhaba Wayessa

Founder of Sandscribe Foundation

Shawn Collins

Dark And Dazzlin', LLC
 

Empress Holley

Costume Department Marvel Black Panther Movie


Isaac Spry

Fashion Designer/tailor


Alex Eubanks

Coke Cola VP Communications


Scotter Taylor

Digital Media Corp


Stevee Ashlock

Stevee Ashlock Productions


Randi Layne

CEO, Catwalk Productions

John Adcox

Grammarye

Jasmine Sykes

Ivy & Elm Photography

Christina Lee Storm

Producer of The Life of Pi


More names and corporations upon request

RESEARCH & SCHOLARSHIPS

My research and scholarship reflects an applied rather than theoretical process. The work is activity based and centers on the application of fashion costuming and styling in the film industry in addition to directing fashion shows and speaking on fashion to professional audiences. Costuming and styling involve selecting clothing, hairstyles and accessories to help stage a director’s vision for the time period being filmed. Fashion professionals make this aspect of the industry happen.

 

The philosophical underpinning of my research agenda is the recognition that Fashion Industry and Wardrobe Styling constitute an art form when used as a major tool through which the creators of a film bring realism and beauty to the screen. Without the Fashion Industry, Costuming/Wardrobe Styling, Set Design and Props, a story cannot effectively be told. The visual presentation of a film involves a wide variety of textures that bring a film to life. How would The Color Purple have been able to transport viewers to another time and emotional intensity without the extraordinary costumes, locations, authentic period homes, cars, and even juke joints?  Each color and texture is selected to evoke an emotional response drawing the viewer into the film. The visual style of a film becomes the vessel that adds authenticity to the characters and time periods, and contributing heavily to the impression that the film is seeking to communicate.

 

The applied research that I have developed centers around: 1) the importance of Fashion and specifically Costuming/Wardrobe Styling, both nationally and globally, to the film industry; 2) participation in invited talks and professional organizations; and 3) the work I am engaged with in Faculty Mentored Undergraduate Creative Works.

 

Finally, it is important to note that the majority of my research output centers around communicating positive and uplifting content. So much of contemporary art, film and music express messages of despair, nihilism, and misogyny. My work is meant to express, faith, hope, and love, founded on Christian beliefs, within a diverse community. While embracing an atmosphere of mutual respect for all people.

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FURTHER EXPLORATION

Research Projects

SECTION 1. Fashion and Costuming/Styling for Film Production  

 

2019 - The Challenger Disaster 

Associate Producer / Costumer

 

I served as the associate producer and costumer for the feature film The Challenger Disaster, starring Dean Cain, Glenn Morshower, Eric Hanson, and Cameron Arnett. The film centers on the eve of the Challenger explosion in 1986. One engineer goes to the extreme to stop the launch. The Company, Marshall Space Flight and NASA made a business decision, the engineer made a human decision. The films theatrical national release (what cities were involved)

 

The film was released on DVD in February 2019 under the category Action Drama and came in at number 3 on the Amazon Watch list.   

 

 

2018 - Mattie: The Discovery

Executive Producer and Costumer  

I served as executive producer and costumer for the feature film Mattie: The Discovery released in spring 2018. Working with my husband and creative partner Camy Arnett with Camy Arnett Production Studios shooting began in May 2017 with the first film screenings held in May of 2018 to outstanding reviews. The film centers on a tragic murder that serves as the catalyst to awaken hidden gifts and introduces Mattie to a life of discovery and unexpected temptations. It is during a life-shattering funeral that Mattie experiences the dilemma of being between the road that leads to mercy, grace and forgiveness or bitterness and the evil use of newly discovered abilities.

To date Mattie: The Discovery has won awards in 6 film festivals nationwide including:

Peak City International Film Festival, Apex, North Carolina

  • Best Feature Film