Alumni share their good looks at STHS |

Alumni share their good looks at STHS

Jill Darby

Dressed in camouflage and crouched on the ground with a pin clenched between her teeth, Sarah Gore took a deep breath.

Completely composed Gore put the final touches on her Saran Wrap tube top and plastic skirt, designed for South Tahoe High School’s 11th annual fashion show.

Things have changed a lot in the two years since Gore and classmate Danyelle Petersen left South Lake Tahoe. The 1999 graduates live in Los Angeles, where they spend up to 30 hours a week doing homework for their design classes at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising.

Taking a break from their new world, the girls hopped a flight Tuesday night to Reno. They reached their alma mater early Wednesday morning and assumed a new role in a show they were quite familiar with.

Headed by longtime STHS teacher Maryann Werley, this year’s show, “A Night With the Stars,” featured numerous designs by Gore and Petersen.

“My mom made all her clothes when she was little so she taught me the basics,” said Gore, who wore one of her own designs to the show. “It’s nice to say, ‘Hey I want a new tank top today,’ and then just make it.”

South Shore stores donated clothing for the event but designs like Gore’s bright green, one-of-a-kind tuxedo or two piece satin prom dress, seemed to be the biggest hits at the afternoon show Wednesday.

“The clothes look great on them,” Gore said of the high school models. “Everything was fitted to Danyelle and I but it worked out really well. We thought they’d either hate it or love it.”

General consensus points toward the latter.

“When we grow up we’re going to be partners and we’re going to be just like Sarah and Danyelle,” junior Andrea Nobile said, nodding toward her friend Melissa Cook. “It’s really creative what they do. They’re succeeding and that’s inspiring. They went here when we were freshman and now they’re fitting us and designing the clothes for our show.”

Cook, 16, said she hopes to attend Los Angeles Tech when she graduates high school.

“We’re thinking of creating a line of clothing called Revelations,” Cook said. “We do our own pants cutting and stuff right now. We tried to make our own Winter Formal dresses but it didn’t work out.”

Petersen, a self-proclaimed perfectionist, said it is neat to see the girls sporting her creations.

“It’s cool,” she said. “It’s kind of overwhelming. It’s weird to actually see someone wearing them.”

Female models, adorned in casual, business, summer and evening wear – most of which revealed their backs and midriffs – received plenty of applause from their peers, but it was the male cat-walkers who were most popular with the audience.

Whether they were modeling swimsuits or business suits, the guys dressed up their performance by dancing, winking and blowing kisses to the crowd. Add skits, lighting, music and set decorations, and that just about sums up Wednesday’s event.

Werley, who has led the fashion show at South Tahoe High for 11 years, is retiring after graduation and plans to travel with her husband.

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