She led her club officers in producing a themed fashion show at JFK High School.
Alisha Patel is a junior and the Fashion Club Co-President at John F. Kennedy High School in La Palma, California. She inspired designers to style and upcycle fashions and express their creativity in a school fashion show, “Around The World,” on April 13th. We caught up with her to get the story.
The thing I liked most about putting the fashion show together was to see people make new friends and form new bonds or just get closer to friends. Everyone brought each other up and never down. The show was very stressful and I panicked a lot, but looking back, it was really fun and something that I would LOVE to do again.
I couldn’t have done it without my officers Kiara-Kaley Trias (co-president), Kayla Tran (treasurer), Kassie Do (secretary), Aashi Modh (emailing publicist), and Natalie Mai (social media/graphic communications publicist). It was a great way for me to publicize my work of art and my passion for fashion. I also hope this will help my art and fashion Instagram grow (@arttastic_101).
My officers and I did everything we could to spread the word of the fashion show. We posted on our personal social media accounts, posted on the club Instagram, contacted family and friends, and put up flyers and posters around school. It was also put into the school’s morning announcements and in the school’s video announcement. A digital flyer was posted on the school’s Instagram. With all this, I still announced it to other club presidents on campus as well as announcing it to the second club I’m president for. Then, I personally did a count down to the show on my personal Insta story.
The clothes were the designers’ own, but some asked their models to bring a few of their own clothes. We had a total of six designer/collections and 16 models. Each designer had about five outfits, so we had about 24 looks altogether. In one of my collections, I upcycled a pair of leggings and a sweater that I specifically went out and bought for the show.
In terms of recruiting help, we announced that there were going to be two meetings during lunch talking about the upcoming fashion show. If anyone was interested in becoming an announcer, makeup artist, designer, model, or hair stylist, they should come. This was announced at our club meetings, on the school’s Instagram, and in the morning announcements. Applications for any of the positions listed previously were always located in my adviser’s room.
My advice for other presidents who want to plan a fashion show is to start planning right away once you’ve decided you want to do a show. I started planning three months before the date for the show and it was overwhelming. I have never done anything so big. Planning it from scratch and getting people was really hard. My school is not that big on participating when needed.
Also, do not be afraid to ask other clubs or FIDM representatives for help. Working with others and asking for help is what got me through it all. I would love to attend FIDM and I dream of it.
Follow John F. Kennedy High School FIDM Fashion Club on Instagram @jfkfidm.