Issaquah High School fashion show is a model fundraiser

February 14, 2012

By Tom Corrigan

Nicole Hancock and Anna Fairhart (from left) try their fashion runway walks as Regina Overton, of Seattle Talent, watches and gives instruction Feb. 9 during the first practice for the Issaquah High School Fashion Show and Auction. By Greg Farrar

During the first rehearsal for the upcoming inaugural Issaquah High School Fashion Show and Auction set for March 9, event co-chairwoman Pat Batt showed off a copy of a New Jersey newspaper. A native of that state, Batt pointed to one article in particular.

The article was coverage of a long-standing high school fashion show in Chatham, N.J. that last year raised $65,000. After seeing that story, Batt couldn’t think of any reason IHS couldn’t do the same. Batt granted that she doesn’t see the local event bringing in as much as the New Jersey event.At least not this year.

“We’ve got to start somewhere,” she said.

On Feb. 9, about 55 students and maybe a dozen parents and staff members gathered in the IHS Performing Arts Center for the first fashion show rehearsal. Earning a round of applause, fashion show stage manager and adult volunteer Stephanie Morton announced that students will model clothes from numerous retail outlets, including Macy’s, REI, Suburban Soul, Buckle, Rewind and several others. A prom segment will include formal wear from Cache, La Bell Reve and the Tux Shop.

“It’s just an amazing opportunity,” said student and volunteer model Tiffany Han, 17. “I hope it becomes a tradition.”

“We get to dress up and walk around in heels,” said Anna Fairhart, 17, explaining why she was happy to volunteer for the event.

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Issaquah High School Fashion Show and Auction

In the next few weeks, students will need to visit stores to help pick out and try on the clothes they will model. Morton warned students that clothes must be returned in good condition.

“We need to return the clothes looking like no one has worn them, if possible,” she said.

Models will need a scarf or something similar to put over their faces when changing during the show. The idea is to protect clothes from makeup as well as protect the makeup from clothing.

For the show, Batt and other organizers brought in professional actress and model Regina Overton, of Seattle Talent, to teach students the basics of modeling. Before putting students through their paces onstage, Overton had plenty of advice and pointers.

“A lot of people don’t know how to present themselves onstage,” she said.

Students will be asked to strike three poses in specific spots as they make their way across the stage. The keys to a good show include not looking down at the stage and smiling constantly, Overton said, adding that keeping up a constant smile without appearing plastic or goofy is harder than it might sound.

While the overwhelming majority of the student models were female, there were male students in the crowd as well. A member of the IHS Associated Student Body, David Park, 17, said he was more or less drafted into being in the show along with other ASB members. Still, Park didn’t seem to mind.

“It’s going to be a lot of fun,” he said, admitting he was a bit nervous, but excited at the same time.

Proceeds from the fashion show and auction will go to the ASB. Besides the models, the show will also make use of volunteer emcees. Organizers are looking for professionals to help with hair and makeup. They also plan to shoot a DVD of the event to be sold later.

The silent auction portion of the evening takes place prior to the fashion show. Items will include services from various staff members and special appearances by the IHS marching band. One large item is time in a Costa Rican vacation home. The Tiger Mountain Community High School culinary program will cater the event.

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