Wilcox High School’s eighth annual fashion show, “Fashion Boulevard,” took to the runway at the Mission City Center for Performing Arts on May 22. The show, emceed by Melanie Ducusin and Mariely Ochoa, flew by as models displayed their designs on the runway. Boulevard was the culmination of Wilcox’s “Intro to Fashion Design & Production” program, designed by fashion program coordinator and teacher, Cathy Rubin. The program takes students through the gamut of what a career in fashion design entails, right down to the part where they might have their work displayed on a professional runway.
The models, many of who were the designers themselves, were constantly moving, as there were over 55 designs modeled. Being behind the design is one thing, but being on stage showing off work is a different kind of challenge altogether. The designers and their models handled the task with the aplomb that one normally sees during Fashion Week in San Francisco or Paris.
The designs ranged from t-shirts in a wide variety of colors, to skirts, to canine couture featuring a black dog sweater, designed by Tiffany Farmer and modeled by Milo. Other designs included examples of shorts pants. Tops, blouses and shirts dominated the show, with the largest number of items on display. And, what’s a fashion show without accessories? These were well represented, too. In keeping with today’s trend of reduced waste, the show included Restyle, Refresh, Renew – a selection of recycled garments, dress restyles, a shirt-to-vest and blue jeans-to-backpack. And, speaking of dresses, 10 different styles of custom designed dresses were modeled, too.