In preparation for prom season, students at Fremd High School in Palatine used their creativity, skills and imaginations to bring upcoming trends and original pieces to life for a fashion show.
This year's annual Prom Fashion Show took place in the Kolze Auditorium at Fremd High School on April 5 during the second half of all lunch periods. The show featured original dresses from the school's fashion students and shops in the area.
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"This is my fourth year constructing a dress for the fashion show, and I have learned so much through my experience in class," said senior Kelsey Kober. "Creating a garment from scratch challenges us, and putting together a show allows us to work together as a team."
More than 40 of the dresses featured in the show were constructed by freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors enrolled in fashion classes. Preparation for the show took roughly six weeks, and students enrolled in fashion classes sewed, designed, and constructed the garments they wore in the show. The students work as a team to choreograph the show.
In addition to the original pieces, Fashion Club members wore prom dresses from David's Bridal. The girls were escorted by junior and senior males wearing tuxedos from MW Tux in Rolling Meadows. Two local salons, Salon 134 in Palatine and Rue 62 in Hoffman Estates, donated their time to do the girls' hair and makeup.
The event is an opportunity for fashion students and Fashion Club members to showcase their work and model upcoming fashions. Students gain self confidence and the knowledge of how to put together a show for their peers.
"Constructing a garment builds problem-solving skills for students, and being onstage builds confidence and strengthens their ability to work in teams," said Courtney Young, teacher at Fremd and sponsor of the event. "It was an uplifting day and experience, and so rewarding to watch them go from inception to creation of their garments and overall production of an event."