Students and parents at Proviso West High School and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy were able to get a sense of the latest fashions for prom and elsewhere at fashion shows at the schools on March 30 and April 2, respectively.
The Proviso West show was presented in the school’s Little Theater as part of Senior Parent Night by the fashion technology taught by Ms. Connie Jesukaitis on March 30. Three days later, PMSA hosted its third annual student-run fashion show before a large crowd in the cafeteria.
Ms. Jesukaitis said that along with the prom fashions from Windsor at Yorktown Mall and Black Tie Tux in Glen Ellyn, Proviso West students who are enrolled in District 209’s cosmetology class through Ms. Roberts’ Beauty Academy did the hair and makeup for the 11 student models.
"The show coincides with our fashion entrepreneur unit where students learn how to become a fashion show producer," Ms. Jesukaitis said. "There was choreography, staging, publicity, and original script commentary during the evening featuring student leaders and directors."
Students who took part in the show said that they enjoyed the experience despite it being "chaotic" at times.
"It’s more chaotic than I thought it would be," said Mouhnir Brown, a Proviso West junior and a model in the show. "I didn’t know we had to do it this fast, but the experience is fun."
Alberto Morales, a Proviso West junior who was one of three boys to model clothes in the show, said the rush of the show fed his interest in the field.
"I’m very interested in this career and like everyone is saying, you’re rushing and you don’t always know where to go," he said. "It was what I thought it would be, but fun."
PMSA’s fashion show has been a fundraiser for the school’s student council since its start in 2013.
Along with fashions in spring wear, street wear, cultural wear, and formal wear, attendees – who included Dr. Bessie Karvelas, principal at PMSA - were also treated to musical performances by Alex Damato, Andrea Macias, and Max Giljen, all PMSA students.
Khushi Suri, a PMSA senior and student council president who oversaw the show, said that the show has evolved from one that showcased PMSA spirit wear to one that featured not only clothing from local clothing stores and boutiques, but in some cases, items from the models’ personal wardrobes. In all, 32 models walked the runway.
"It’s great to see how myself and those involved have grown as individuals," Khushi said. "Additionally, the models in the show have definitely grown to be more confident and outgoing."
Great job to everyone involved with showcasing the best that Proviso has to offer!
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