Published on March 30th, 2014 | by Andy0
Sew Much Fabric and Alief Elsik High School Presents the Third Annual Spring Fashion Show and Competition
Sew Much Fabric teamed up with Alief Independent School District and rolled out the white carpet for Alief Elsik High School’s third annual Spring Fashion Show and Competition sponsored by Sew Much Fabric, McDougal Sewing Center and Threads Magazine.
This year’s New York Fashion Week inspired fashion show was produced by students from the Audio and Visual, Culinary Arts, Fashion Design and Music Departments.
As students, parents, teachers and celebrity guests arrived they were greeted with the sounds from the Elsik High School Orchestra while sampling treats provided by the Culinary Arts Department. The front rows filled quickly as attendees snapped selfies with classmates or celebrities like fashion forward, retired Houston Rockets guard Calvin Murphy.
“We are amazed and excited about what the students have produced this year,” Hilda Rodriguez, Principal of Elsik High School said.
This year advanced and first year designers presented an array of pencil, circle and maxi skirts, dresses, upcycled pieces, tops and pants. The finale was a competition between advanced designers to design a dress inspired by the First Lady, Michelle Obama.
The students were judged by their designs, interviews and portfolios. This year’s judges included Michelle Barnes with Community Artists Collective, Ann Ngo of Youtique Bridal and Rahill Raheem, a Houston area accessories designer.
First place winner received a $250.00 donation from Sew Much Fabric and a sewing machine from McDougal Sewing Center. Second place winner received a Gutermann thread tower and sewing materials, and the third place winner received issues of Threads Magazine accompanied with a DVD on sewing techniques.
Rosalind Gaither, owner of Sew Much Fabric and mastermind behind the sewing competition, uses this project to encourage local school districts to continue offering courses like sewing in their curriculum and to push students to enroll in courses such as Fashion Design.
Most districts in the Houston area have Career and Technical Education Departments that offer specialized classes like Fashion Design, which through these courses students can receive credits toward college courses as well. However, the courses are not highly publicized like the Medical Science Departments or the Fine Arts Departments at other high schools, which in the end puts the courses at the risk of termination if students do not enroll in the class.
Gaither hopes community service programs like Sew Much Fabric will bring awareness to the Fashion Design courses that are offered in various high schools, encourage students to think creatively and enlighten students about possible career opportunities within the industry.