FC President Sajelle Avery said the theme was inspired by fashions they wear at school.
Sajelle Avery is the Fashion Club President at TC Williams Senior High School in Alexandria, Virginia. We interviewed her to find out more about the “Our World” fashion show she produced, plus her upcoming plans for her club. So inspiring!
Tell us about your “Our World” fashion show: We broke the show down into different scenes. “Our World Unified” featured students of all races and cultures, as well as the special needs students, to show our acceptance of everyone. Although we are all unique, we are unified. We wore all fashions in black in this scene highlighting only our faces. “Our World at the Party” featured fashions we would wear to a party. Our World at the Mall featured fashions we would wear to the mall or on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. We accompanied those looks with shopping bags from luxury stores. “Our World at the Beach” featured swimwear. “Our World is Love” was a scene dedicated to FIDM Fashion Club and models. The love and commitment shown throughout the planning was admired by the advisor Mrs. Teresa Chavis, designers, and peers. We created an all white scene and did a routine in which movements were in sync. “Our World at the Prom” featured the top trends in prom wear.
How many models? Twenty-six models participated in the show—all students from school. We selected all types of models including full figured.
How did you recruit them? We had three model calls. We had professional assistance from New York models assist with training for walking. I worked with Brandon Serron and Jocelyn Avery to create the routines for each scene.
Where did you get the clothes? Our designers were Hush Boutique, Oliveweboutique, Cloves in Ivy boutique, Zara, Prestige Concepts Boutique, Ministry of Fashion clothing store, Signatures of Georgetown, and Tuxedos of Sarno Alexandria.
What did you like the most about putting together a show like this? The highlights regarding the show was creating the looks with the designers and look sheets for the models. We did activities together throughout the planning of the show to ensure we were unified. We met with designers for fittings and tirelessly rehearsed to ensure a quality production. The show can be found on YouTube.
What were the challenges? Limited rehearsal time—the original date of our show was postponed due to a snow storm. It was difficult keeping everyone committed to fittings and extended rehearsal times. Also it was held at 4pm which didn’t allow all of our family and friends to support it. Through it all we put together an outstanding production which received rave reviews by our school administrators, designers, and guests who attended.
Any upcoming Fashion Club activities you have planned? We will have another show on May 4th, called “The Color of Fashion.” It will be even bigger and better. For Valentine’s week we are doing a flower arrangement fundraiser, and making Valentine’s Day cards for the elderly. Currently we have a toiletries drive for the homeless. We will be volunteering for the Crystal Couture Fashion Show. In March, we will be making cookies for firefighters. We will be doing model calls, design meetings, look sheet training, stage production and rehearsals from February to May for our next show. We will be creating a guide to finding the perfect prom dress, too. During fashion week we will be giving students looks to wear during the week and we will have our own fashion week. Our fundraising efforts will continue as we prepare for our next fashion show.
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