BHS students strut recycled fashions

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Barrington High School students created their own clothing out of recycled materials and then took to the runway to raise money for Relay for Life during a project for a high school business class. Many of the students spent hours figuring out how they were going to get their clothing concepts into reality, according to business teacher Kellie Polando. The students studied business concepts in class and learned how the fashion industry influences the economy and personal choices. Students studied the history of fashion, designers, and learned about marketing and branding.

Once the clothing was made it was time for the fashion show. A gathering of family, friends and classmates came out on the evening of May 1, to support the students as they walked the runway in garments made of wrapping paper, pink-printed duct tape and yellow police caution tape. The school cafeteria was transformed into a runway with tables full of clapping fans lining the sides. The students raised $665.00 from the show and the proceeds were given to the High School's relay team.

The fashion show provided students with the opportunity to experience all the elements from design to presentation. Walking in the show taught the students the value of perseverance.  None of them wanted to walk, but after the show, they recognized the value of their accomplishment, said Ms. Polando.

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