Creativity and talent bloom at the Rose garden fashion show
BY VIOLET NOE ON APRIL 17, 2014
On Apr 16, students from all over Rose came together to showcase their creativity and strut their stuff at the second annual Rose Garden Fashion Show.
The fashion show was hosted by the Rose National Art Honor Society and featured designs by both the National Art Honor Society students and the Apparel and Development students. The show also featured clothing from several local clothing boutiques including Pink, Monkees, Coffmans, Rising Tied and My Sister’s Closet.
To prepare for the fashion show, sophomore Shelby Schnaars began creating her design weeks in advance.
“I’m making a shirt...it’s kind of a little bit short and it’s sheer, blue with white polka dots, button down, and the sleeves go to the elbow with slits [at the elbows],” Schnaars said. “I was designing [my shirt] for my apparel class but now I am just continuing it on my own.”
Senior Baylea Williams took a unique approach to her design.
“My design for the fashion show is a gummy bear dress,” Williams said. “I was inspired to make this after seeing a giant gummy bear and a gummy snake for sale on the mission trip I went on.”
While Williams both created and modeled her design, she enjoyed the process of making her dress the most.
“If I get hungry while I’m making [my dress] I don’t have to stop to untangle myself from the hot glue gun and get a snack,” Williams said. “My dress serves a delicious dual purpose.”
Sophomore Alexis Dominique had the opportunity to put her modeling skills to the test as she modeled a design made by another student in the show.
“Me and my boyfriend are doing a couple’s thing so we will be matching,” Dominique said. “I’m excited about people seeing me on stage and what I’ll be wearing.”
In addition to creating an opportunity to celebrate the hard work and talent of the students and faculty involved in the fashion show, the event also gives the Rose community a chance to give back to the Greenville community by donating the proceeds from the show to My Sister’s Closet and the Center for Family Violence Prevention.
The Center for Family Violence Prevention provides multiple services as well as safe shelter for the victims of domestic violence and their families. My Sister’s Closet is a boutique that features women’s clothing and accessories. All proceeds from the store go directly to the Center for Family Violence Prevention.
“I think it’s wonderful that the fashion show is benefitting the Center for Family Violence Prevention,” Dominique said. “The show is not just about modeling; we’re actually doing it for a good cause so I think it’s great.”
Williams was also encouraged by the fact that the show is benefiting the victims of domestic violence and their families.
“Not only am I doing something that I love doing, but it’s for a good cause that I care about,” Williams said. “I believe it’s a great idea and this motivates me to try even harder to make a great gummy bear dress and help with the overall event.”