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WFHS Fashion Design Students Stitch Together Successful Runway Show

Students sewed or repurposed garments to fit a certain decade and modeled the clothes for their culminating project.

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William Floyd High School Fashion Design students.

Photo by: William Floyd School District

Mastic Beach, NY - February 19, 2019 - William Floyd High School students enrolled in Fashion Design, a half-year elective in the Fine Arts sequence, recently had the opportunity to put together their first red carpet runway fashion show. After learning about the history of fashion and how it has impacted the styles of today, they sewed or repurposed garments to fit a certain decade and had a blast modeling the clothes for their culminating project.
“I am incredibly proud of the students in Fashion Design for their hard work and performance. They had a great time putting on our first fashion runway show,” said Erika Licausi, fashion design teacher, William Floyd High School. “Each student worked independently to research and create a complete look inspired by a decade. Some students drew their own patterns and sewed an entire outfit, while others repurposed or upcycled new clothing items from old ones. It is inspiring to see what our students can accomplish.”
After completing Fashion Design, students are able to enroll in one of the Visual Arts Department’s newer courses, Fashion Design II, where they will be able to use and enhance their sewing skills, learn pattern-making, garment dyeing and more.
About Fashion Design and Fashion Design II
William Floyd High School offers two Fashion Design courses for students as half-year electives in grades 11 and 12. Fashion Design students must first complete Studio in Drawing as a prerequisite.
The Fashion Design course offers a series of theoretical and practical lessons, in which students will explore fashion design. Emphasizing innovation, creativity and technical skill, each student will study the historical development of fashion and use various materials to design and create fashion.
In Fashion Design II, students will build upon their prior experiences in Fashion Design by researching current fashion styles and trends, designing clothing and accessories, upcycling and repurposing clothing, using technology in fashion design, and exploring career options in the related industries. Simple sewing projects will be introduced; and t-shirt design and accessory/garment construction will be produced by students. Part of the course requirements will be to work with students from Fashion Marketing to complete a culminating design/business plan for an original design.