FIDM Fashion Club President Hannah Burak shares with us her club story about Big Bear High School's 6th Annual Fashion Show: "Insert Fashion Here." Her 10-member club in Big Bear Lake, California, started seven years ago with Ms. Tena Dekker as their Fashion Club Advisor. Read on to find out what Hannah has to say...
Tell us about the fashion show: Our 6th annual fashion show will be a display of our passion for fashion, and a celebration of how far we have come as a club. We have titled it “Insert-Fashion-Here”, it will be held on May 8 in our school cafeteria. Each year the fashion show generates the funds for our club to continue. As a senior and club president my personal goal is to raise enough money to leave behind that the club I love so much will be able to continue for years to come. My vice president, Melissa Kerr, and myself, are best friends and we have been active members of the club for all four years of high school, we hope that this show will be our best yet, and create a lasting memory in the halls of B.B.H.S.
How many models will you have? Each designer has to have a minimum of five models. I, personally, have eight models and eight looks.
How did you go about getting your models to sign up? Models volunteer to participate every year, I have several models who have been with me since my first show. I started by asking my friends, and spreading the word through the school announcements.
Where are you getting the clothing? Each designer makes all of their outfits for their collections, if the designer makes the choice to buy an article of clothing, it must be 80% different from when they originally purchased it before it walks the run way.
How are you promoting the fashion show? We promote our fashion show through several different outlets. The way we have found most effective is through Facebook, but we also advertise through our local newspaper, radio station, and school announcements.
What do you like the most about putting together a show like this? My favorite part of putting on the fashion show is the show itself—watching all my hard work walk on a runway in front of all my friends and family. I hope to inspire future designers and encourage them to participate in future shows.
What are the challenges? The main challenge of putting on any show is getting several creative, very opinionated designers to work together to put on an amazing program. At the same time, I feel this is one of the most beneficial parts of the show because creativity just flows and there is never a shortage of ideas.
Anything else you’d like to share? The FIDM Fashion Club has by far been my favorite part of high school. It has given me an outlet to express myself and let my creativity show. As a freshmen I was horribly shy, but Fashion Club helped me gain confidence. As the president and an exiting senior it is so bittersweet—all my hard work is coming to an end. I will become a Fashion Club Alumna and my only participation after this show will be to attend and support future programs. My hope is that the legacy I leave behind will be substantial enough that the club will continue to thrive. I know personally that this club changes lives and sparks passion in others, and our 6th annual show will be no exception.
Check out the images from Big Bear High School's last two fashion shows.
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