Allison Ko leads her club in League City, Texas, in producing a successful fashion show, while raising money to empower women to achieve economic success!
Clear Springs High School FIDM Fashion Club raised over $1,000 for Dress for Success Houston, with their charity fashion show, “Spring Into Style.” They recruited 50 models to participate and secured four clothing sponsors! FC Pres Allison Ko chose this particular charity because she strongly believes in their mission—to empower women to achieve economic success.
Tell us about the show: The fashion show took place in May at our high school campus. Since it was the first ever fashion show, we didn’t want to be too ambitious, and decided to save money on the location by having it in the school’s cafeteria. The theme was “Spring Into Style,” which included bright colors, floral prints, and flowy silhouettes.
We wanted to involve as many different clubs and school organizations to make the show more of a school event than just a Fashion Club production. Our cosmetology program did hair and makeup on the models; the Floral Design class created beautiful arrangements; a culinary student baked cupcakes for guests; and National Honor Society Members volunteered with setup and ushering.
In addition to the fashion show itself, we also had a fashion illustration contest where guests would vote on a winner from the artworks submitted by art students, models, and guests. We had multiple vendors and booths including Scentsy, Arbonne, and some local boutiques. We had a photo booth including a flower wall made by one of the Fashion Club members, a silent auction, and raffles. We ended up raising over $1,000 to donate to Dress for Success with $750 seed money for next year’s fashion show.
How did you decide to select Dress for Success as the charity? When looking for a charity, I wanted to find one that was connected to fashion or the ideals that it stands for. I believed that Dress for Success was exactly that because they’re centered around empowering women to achieve economic success, something I personally support strongly. Many of the models and guests could understand why this cause is so important, therefore giving me more reason to choose this charity.
How did you recruit models? Mainly by word of mouth; one person would tell their three friends who would in turn tell more friends who were interested. We ended up recruiting over 50 models, ranging from Kindergarten to 12th grade, with a few adults accompanying their young children.
How did you promote the show? We promoted through daily announcements and posters hung around the school campus. I offered a deal for models where if they sold three tickets, they would receive a complimentary dinner. This encouraged them to go around advertising for the show as well.
Where did you get the clothes? The fashion show included a range of clothes including many handmade items by the fashion design students such as FCCLA competition pieces and pillowcase dresses to donate to little girls in Africa. We were also able to borrow clothes from RacquetPro, a local tennis retailer, for an activewear segment, independent consulting company Lularoe, ShoppeGirl.com, and a local bridal store. We were lucky to find these generous and supportive sponsors.
What was the biggest lesson? The biggest takeaway from this experience is definitely my improved communication and organization skills. I learned how important it is to be clear with models, vendors, and sponsors on important details to eliminate any misunderstandings. I also learned how to deal with different types of people and how to handle a multitude of difficult situations where it is important to think on your feet. I understand the importance of staying on top of things and overseeing each project, while also delegating tasks to avoid feeling overwhelmed.
Favorite part? My favorite part about this whole process was seeing everything fall into place on the night of the fashion show. When I first came up with the idea of doing a school fashion show, I knew there would be a lot of hard work and obstacles ahead of me. When it was all over, I could look back and see how much I had actually accomplished. Overall, I had a lot of fun working with the models, vendors, and sponsors. The feedback I received was tremendous and seeing the models so excited and wanting to do it again next year motivates me to do just that.