As the fashion industry continues to impress itself onto the ever-expanding cultural canvas in Las Vegas, the Junior League is doing their part to help inspire, challenge, and educate budding high school designers in the Clark County School District. Modeled after the popular TV show “Project Runway,” the seventh season of Fashion Forward is well underway, with this year’s design theme as “Passport to Fashion.” With both community outreach and fundraising at the heart of the program, it has quickly become one of the most popular events that the Junior league holds each year.
For this years challenge, contestants were assigned to a city and instructed to research it from an artistic standpoint, using its’ features to help form the creative concept behind a ready-to-wear garment. Cities were chosen based on their cultural uniqueness and spanned the globe. As part of the elimination round that took place in December, students presented their idea along with a sketch to a panel of judges. In addition, each contestant constructed an Aline dress as part of the challenge. Scores were based on execution, neatness, professionalism, and creativity.
The 60 students that made it to the next round will now have the opportunity to shop for
materials at Star Costume, a Vegas institution, and subsequently bring their ideas to fruition.
Culmination of the contest will take place on the prestigious runway at Fashion Show Mall where they will model their garments and compete for a grand prize.
Winner of last year’s competition, Huilin Chen, was able to produce an entire collection, as part of the “Artist in Residence” package included in the grand prize and offered by Artifact Boutique, a Town Square based store. Her pieces, which were expressive, confident and fresh, were available for purchase in early September, and disappeared shortly thereafter, leaving the writer of this piece regretful she wasn’t able to get her clutches on to any. Chen is finishing up her degree at SWCTA, and hopes to attend the School of Fashion at Parsons NY.
Proceeds from Fashion Forward support the Junior League of Las Vegas and its mission to promote volunteerism, develop the potential of women and improve the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.
“Passport to Fashion”
Saturday, March 14, 2 p.m., Fashion Show Mall
Tickets: General Admission $40; VIP $60 (includes premium seating and special swag bag);
Couture Level Seating $100 (includes VIP pre-event soiree with exclusive silent auction,
front-row seating at event and special swag bag);www.jllv.org.
Catherine Treu is the Founder and Creative Director of Fashion Feed LV, the first and only Las Vegas magazine dedicated to bringing their readers a comprehensive look at the city’s contribution to fashion culture.