Fashion students from all four Rockwood high schools are participating in the first-ever district fashion show, Thursday, May 2, at 7 p.m.
The event will be held in the commons at Lafayette High School.
Students will be modeling garments they assembled.
"They are making and sewing their own garments," said Marquette teacher Susie Hamlin. "They have chosen the fabric, bought the pattern and sewn them together."
Hamlin teaches FACS (Family and Consumer Sciences) Fashion Fundamentals I and II and Fashion Design & Merchandising.
"The four teachers who teach fashion construction in the district meet frequently throughout the school year for professional development," said Hamlin. "We have wanted to do a district fashion show and our students have done well at others. So this year we decided to make it happen."
Marquette senior Jake Schnieders is displaying a dress he made for his girlfriend.
"I was going for a 1950's-inspired feel," said Schnieders. "I decided a floral pattern might be fitting for summer."
Junior Isabella Duran assembled a romper she said is appropriate for summer and spring. She discussed what she's learned preparing for an actual fashion show.
"It feels different working by a specific deadline and having to finish by an absolute date," said Duran. "I'm really excited to walk in the fashion show and display what I made."
Sophomore Bibi Tourinho said racing a deadline to complete her white jumpsuit feels a bit like those designer reality shows she sees on television.
"I'm rushing to finish it," she said. "I see the stress of getting it done, but also the excitement."
Hamlin was asked what she hopes students get out of this experience.
Rockwood Career and Technical Education (CTE) Facilitator Dr. Paige Carlson said, "Our district Family and Consumer Science teachers and students have worked hard to create this district fashion show."
"A focus for project-based learning is having an actual audience for students' finished product," said Hamlin. "It's not just turning in a project, it's having an audience see what students have done and giving them a chance to demonstrate their skills."