By Teachers, For Teachers
April 25--Tomorrow, Pleasantville High School is holding its second annual fashion show. The show is the capstone project for the students enrolled in the fashion marketing class.
Carla Block-Ropiecki has been teaching the class for two years.
"This year we're doing it with Tanger at The Walk," she said. "And they're going to come up with three outfits for each of our models. The kids have to do all the production. They have to come up with the themes for the show. They have to decorate the stage for the show. They have to design the fliers. They have to decide how they're going market the show."
The theme this year, Block-Ropiecki said, is "bold is beautiful." She said that the class teaches them to be bold, but that it's about more than fashion.
"They're doing event planning, the whole planning process," she said. "It's not just foo foo. They're not making clothes. They had to preview Milan and New York fashion shows stuff on Youtube. They get introduced to all these things, the marketing, the advertising."
Senior Alnisa Vonner said she likes the class because it helps prepare her for college.
"In college I'm going to be taking fashion and graphic design," she said. "For the class, they let me know about the promotion, and how I'd be able to sell my product."
Vonner is also a model in the show. "I'm more of a classy style," she said. "I don't wear a lot of shorts. My type of design is flowers on my shirts. Stripes and everything."
Senior Brandi Callender said that she wasn't looking forward to the class.
"At first, I wasn't really excited but then I kind of got into it," she said. "It's grown on me, I can definitely say that."
Callender has been accepted to Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia. She is not very interested in fashion, but the work is applicable to her interests.
"I think my favorite part is getting to work with Photoshop," she said. "Because I'm into graphic design, so I love drawing, and stuff like that, and I love being able to incorporate that with the fashion show, to be able to design fliers and posters."
Block-Ropiecki said that she is looking forward to the event.
"I love the excitement it generates," she said. "I have kids from last year that have graduated, and they're calling me to see if they can help with this year's show."
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To see the show
What: Fashion marketing class capstone project fashion show
When: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 26
Where: Pleasantville High School auditorium, 801 Mill Road
Info: Admission tickets will be sold for $5 each. For more information call 609- 442-4276
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