Students are quite fashionable |

Students are quite fashionable

Mary Thompson

With the grace and poise of super models, South Tahoe High School students strutted down the runway to the thumping rhythms of dance music, showing off the latest fashions from stores around town.

More than 55 sophomores, juniors and seniors worked together to present the Ninth annual Fashion Show Wednesday to the Soroptimists and Rotary clubs in the Harrah’s Lake Tahoe Convention Center.

The models, who were wearing outfits ranging from $17 halter tops to $300 evening gowns, showed more about themselves than their tastes in the latest trendy threads.

“This is much more than just a walk down the runway,” said Mary Ann Werley, the student’s teacher. “These students have been working for more than three months to put on this fashion show.

“It involves many hours of debate and problem solving. This is definitely a hands-on class.”

The entire show, from the stage decorations to the music selection, is orchestrated by the students, who are part of the Regional Occupational Program. The ROP is a state-wide program designed to give students training for future careers.

But not all of the participants got to be in the gleam of the spotlight. Some worked behind the scenes.

Like sophomore Erin Brown, who worked with the wardrobe backstage. Her job was to help the models change clothes between stints on the runway.

“Everybody has to work together,” she said. “There’s really a lot to it.”

For Sarah Gore, senior, nothing could be more true.

Gore, 18, designed and made two dresses for the show.

“First I designed them, then cut out a pattern and sewed them together,” she said.

The result – two flowing, full-length, formal gowns. One even has rhinestone straps and designer fabric.

Gore’s dress designs are also doubling as her senior project, a requirement of graduation from South Tahoe High School that involves a written paper, a visual project and a presentation.

She also plans to wear one of the dresses to the prom.

“The prom dress cost about $80 to make and the other dress, about $60,” she said. “In the store, I think they would have cost over $300.”

Besides saving her more than $200, Gore said making the dresses and being involved in the fashion show has taught her a few things about deadlines.

“I put the last stitches in the prom dress just this morning, a few hours before the show,” Gore said.

Werley said that the fashion show also teaches the students to follow through with their responsibilities.

“The show is whatever they make it,” Werley said. “If they don’t get things done then it doesn’t happen. It’s all up to them.”

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