This year, the Fashion Design Team is out to prove that showstopping looks are not exclusive to the red carpet – but they cannot do it alone. With the fashion show’s date set for February 23, 2018, CCHS’ fashion designers are looking for models to sport their hand-picked and handmade garments on the runway.
“When choosing a model we look at your walk, but most importantly, [your] confidence and personality because that’s what really shines through,” FDT Vice President Kiara Bencosme said. “So as long as [you’re] confident in who you are and what you do we’re sold.”
Tryouts for all modeling categories will be held on Monday, November 13, while tryouts for prom modeling (which is exclusive to seniors) and hosting will be on November 14. Both sessions will be after school in room 4007, and anyone who is interested is encouraged to attend. There are no sign-ups or requirements to try out, and heels are not mandatory, though they are recommended.
Part of the audition consists of walking and posing to music, during which potential models will be judged on their basic modeling skills as well as their poise.
“My advice is to go for it, be confident, and be yourself, which is the most important,” FDT co-president Gaby Horenstein said.
Confident models are in high demand, needed especially to pull off the whimsical designs suggested by the theme. This year’s show, entitled “Cooper City’s Met Gala,” is inspired by the annual fundraising ball’s bold styles. For the show, the FDT will be designing Avant-Garde clothing, taking the innovative and experimental approach one step further than in past years.
Another major change is whose hands the fashion show is in. Traditionally, the show is orchestrated by the fashion applications class, but as there is no class for this year, the responsibility has fallen on the FDT members. In spite of the enormity of the production, they have accepted the challenge with excitement, enlisting the participation of other clubs to enhance the experience. In the spirit of collaboration, DECA will be hosting an auction and helping out at the event, the art department will be displaying some of the students’ work, and the band will be playing music before the event begins.
As for the categories, Horenstein can confirm that garments from the fashion design team, dresses made 100% out of nonconventional materials from the fashion academy essentials class, and prom pieces from vendors will make appearances. With months left to go until the show, some things have yet to be announced.
“The show is going to be totally different [than] the ones the fashion academy normally does,” Horenstein said. “We’re working with [different organizations] on the project. It’s a showcase of CCHS art and fashion talent.”
As one of the most popular student-run events hosted by CCHS, the fashion show presents an appealing opportunity for students to become more involved within the school. Many have ultimately found the experience to be rewarding.
Photo by Lariat photography