NA students win Best Student Design at Salvation Army fashion show

Wearing a mask took on a whole new meaning at Runway RePurposed, a Western Pennsylvania Division of the Salvation Army fashion show.

The designers were challenged to take everyday objects and transform them into clothes to wear. North Allegheny senior Abby Rapp and Madison Krause took home the Best Student Design trophy for their chic outfit made entirely of black masks.

Rapp and Krause are part of the Family Consumer Sciences class in high school run by FCS instructor and department chair Elizabeth Gallagher. All the students had to think about which everyday disposable item would work. Rapp and Krause came up with an idea that reflected a highly disposable and timely article.

“Masks are so important in today’s culture. I thought it would be a great idea, ”said Rapp, 18.

And when made into a suit, black masks can “look very classy,” said Krause, 17.

The students first sketched out design ideas, and once they got their look, they tried sewing the masks together, which was difficult. They both said they weren’t super skilled sewers at first, but they learned as they progressed.

“Honestly, we were hoping for the best as we went,” said Krause.

Their final product was a pencil skirt paired with a peplum-inspired top, fashioned by NASH junior Julia Berger.

All students in the Family Consumer Sciences class had to submit projects, which would be voted on by the high school staff, Gallagher said. Rapp and Krause got the most votes, followed by juniors Trinity Fitzgerald and Julia Berger and senior Jamey Simon for their design of a birthday party-inspired dress made from a disposable tablecloth and related items.

And seniors Jaida Copeland and Brooke Demers-Pollard also finished second at NASH for their design of a suit made of Target bags. Since Rapp and Krause received the most votes, their outfit went to the Runway RePurposed show held at Sheraton Station Square.

The fundraiser awarded a Best Student Design and local boutiques and designers could compete for Best Design.

The dresses were judged on the gala runway based on their use of repurposed materials, creativity, and overall appeal, according to The Salvation Army.

Rapp and Krause, who attended the October event, were delighted to win the top prize. Rapp said the project helped her to look at things more sustainably, where the clothes come from and how to reuse them.

And he taught Krause that they can “take something we normally throw away and turn it into something really beautiful.”

Formerly known as the Garbage Bag Gala, Runway RePurposed raised funds and awareness for the Salvation Army’s Family Caring Center in East Liberty, which helps families in need. The theme of the event was “everyone and everything deserves a second chance”.

According to the Salvation Army website, the center provides housing and meals for homeless families and is one of the few shelters that allow entire families to stay. Each year, more than 150 families use the shelter, which not only provides basic necessities but also ways to help them succeed outside the center.

The event grossed more than $ 86,000 and fetched more than $ 73,844, according to Stephanie Rex, director of marketing and public relations for the Western Pennsylvania Division of the Salvation Army.

“Our Salvation Army family stores have long practiced reusing unwanted items to fund residential rehabilitation services for individuals seeking to break the cycle of addiction. Now, our Runway RePurposed event shines the spotlight on fashion with creations reinvented from recycled and repurposed materials; all the while spreading awareness and raising money to support local families who are finding a new purpose in their lives at the Family Caring Center, “said Major Gregory Hartshorn, division commander of the West Pennsylvania Division of the Salvation Army .

According to Gallagher, North Allegheny offers Family and Consumer Sciences for grades sixth through twelfth, including courses on food and nutrition, personal finance, child development, career preparation skills, interior design, and fashion design and merchandising.

Classes equip students with workplace, community, and home skills, according to Gallagher, who recently received the Emerging Professional Award from the 2021 Norton School Alumni and Friends Awards program.

“The FCS department is also committed to sustainability and community service. We are preparing students for an ever-changing world by teaching modern tools to manage what will forever remain: the home, ”said Gallagher.

Natalie Beneviat is a writer who collaborates with Trib Total Media.

Leave a Comment