Each month, FC Pres Carina Ciolfi helps a different charity.
Carina Ciolfi is the Fashion Club President at Highland Park High School in Dallas, Texas. She recently organized an event where members gathered at a private residence in Dallas to decorate cork boards to donate to families supported by the Genesis Women’s Shelter. She is also collaborating with another club on campus to produce a fashion show!
“I called Laudi Price from Genesis and asked what we could do to offer our skills and love for fashion, and she gave us the idea of the bulletin boards.”
Tell us a little about yourself: I am 16 and am loving high school. All the new, different friends and relationships you make. I started the first Fashion Club at my school and frankly I stand out for always dressing up. I decided to go into fashion after my cousin started the Fashion Ambassadors’ program through Nordstrom. I now work as a rover, seasonally, for the personal stylist at Nordstrom. We have two bloggers in our Fashion Club as well as one girl who co-runs a startup magazine highlighting fashion, film, music and art of the younger generation.
Tell us about the event you organized for your club members to decorate boards for the Genesis Women’s Shelter: Each month our club spotlights a new charity we can help. For the month of October we chose Genesis Women’s Shelter. I called Laudi Price from Genesis and asked what we could do to offer our skills and love for fashion, and she gave us the idea of the bulletin boards. She wants them to go in the homes of the families they take care of. The boards were meant to go in either a little girl or boy’s room, or everyday home use. So we bought the bulletin boards and used fabric from Joanns to cover the boards with ribbon and bows. And we are still waiting on some to be finished so the shelter has not received them yet.
What’s the best part about helping an organization like this? A big part of the focus of the clubs at Highland Park High School is that they each are working towards a greater cause. Our FIDM Fashion Club had a little trouble coming up with a way we could use our skills for the better. So once we had this idea we were all excited to be able to help them in a way we could be creative.
How did you get involved in Fashion Club? Nicole Tisdale, a rep from FIDM, came and spoke at one of our Fashion Ambassador meetings and from there I started the club at my school.
What do you love the most about Fashion Club? I love being able to spend time and do fun activities with a great group of girls with similar interests.
What are your career goals? I would love to work as a production manager in fashion shows, or possibly continue with Nordstrom to become a buyer, or maybe even fashion journalist—right now, it’s all over the place!
Tell us about the fashion show you’re planning with the Habitat For Humanity Club at school: The club advisor for Habitat at my school is actually my Physics PAP teacher and he approached me to help them put on the fashion show. I have been working with him as well as event producer, Rhonda Chambers, whom I actually met at the job fair in 8th grade at my school. Just today she was putting on the Versace show at the Dallas Winspear Opera House and invited me and my VP to see the show as well as experience behind the scenes. Anyway she is helping to put the fashion show together and my club is helping with that as well as getting the donated clothes and putting together outfits for the show.