Students and their friends walked the runway in the Shawnee Mission North rose garden, displaying fashion creations they composed themselves. On Tuesday, October 5, the Shawnee Mission North Art Department put student creativity on display by holding their first ever fashion show.
“The inspiration for the event came from the students,” shared art teacher Alexis Burdick. “We have such a special community at North. This is a place where you can come and be yourself, and we wanted to celebrate that unique spirit.”
This personalized learning activity gave students with an interest in fashion design the opportunity to create a mini collection of wearable art. Students also applied real-world project management skills, including communication, time management, and budget management to the project.
Ten art students were nominated by a teacher to participate in the fashion show as stylists. Each student stylist added a personal touch to two to three outfits with clothes purchased from local thrift stores.
“My theme was anthropomorphic, animalistic monsters,” explained student stylist John McCormick. “In the thrift store, I looked for lots of fur and reptile scales. All of the outfits came out amazing and I loved it.”
Student stylist, Ben Burg, also enjoyed the experience. “It’s cool that we have these kinds of opportunities to express ourselves. Especially because not everyone wears the same stuff at North. There's a lot of unique fashion here and people wear all kinds of things.”
North senior, Marion Waltrip, hopes the fashion show will become an annual event. “It felt amazing to participate, and I would encourage others to go for it, to find the thing that makes you happy and do it.”
The North fashion show was generously funded by grants from the Shawnee Mission Education Foundation It Starts with the Arts program and North High School.