See their iconic Mean Girls-themed parade float!
We recently chatted with Wheaton Warrenville South FIDM Fashion Club Pres (and future FIDM Student!) Lily Tate to learn all about their Homecoming float!
How did you get the idea for your Homecoming float? I felt our float had to represent our Fashion Club’s spirit and energy. Our Homecoming theme was the Oscars, so I knew we had to have an epic float that featured an iconic movie. As we often wear pink, not just on Wednesdays, Mean Girls seemed like a perfect fit. The movie captured Fashion Club’s essence and was the epitome of our generation. And the pink outfits … Regina George would approve!
What were the highlights and challenges of creating the float? Our favorite highlight was making our own personalized Mean Girls book. We made the pages with cute pictures and “burns” of our club members. Another memorable moment was listening to our favorite throwbacks that evoked the essence of the 2000s. These tracks then became our playlist we jammed to during the parade. A challenge we faced was finding a flatbed to use as our float, as I was contacted about the parade at the last minute.
From here, our only setback seemed to be picking our favorite Mean Girls quotes,
as they are all iconic. We were challenged during the construction of our float as it was 40 degrees. And it rained the day of the parade as we transported the float to school. Luckily, the rain held out and the parade was a success!
What other fun plans do you have for the Fashion Club this year? I have many fun and engaging activities planned, including revamping old denim and embellishing and creating hair clips. We plan to give back and support a charity later this year.
How do you recruit members and retain them? I go straight to social media. Instagram is a great way to gain and spread interest. I also place flyers around our school. I design the flyers we print with a variety of different pictures and aesthetics to appeal to a vast audience. I put all our Fashion Club information in the morning announcements as well. Word of mouth is extremely powerful.
What are your personal goals for the club this year? I aspire to create more fun opportunities for Fashion Club members. I want to continue to develop the supportive
atmosphere we’ve built that empowers high school students to be confident in their own unique sense of style. I also desire to use our influence of the club to give back to something beyond the walls of our club.