The Carroll County Career and Tech Center's 2018 fashion show was themed "Clean Canvas," providing a showacase for the work of 11 students in the fashion and textile program and their collaborators.
On Friday night, as audience members sat in anticipation, the stage and catwalk were bathed in white that revealed no hints about the looks to come from the Textiles and Fashion Design program annual showcase.
Then the music began and the stage was flooded with color and fabric as 11 high school designers let their handiwork loose on the world.
The theme of the annual showcase from the Carroll County Career and Technology Center was “Clean Canvas.”
Casey Rowe, a Century High School student and one of the show’s production designers, said the group chose the theme because it allows “all eyes to fall on the work we create,” he said. “I think by making everything white in the backdrop, it will illuminate our art.”
The designers have been preparing for a year to present the 18 outfits that ranged from futuristic duct tape rosettes to 1960s flared florals to a regal Egyptian sheath from the B.C. era.
“I’m here to tell you that young people are wonderful,” said Catherine Harris, the director of the program, as she introduced the show. “They come up with … ideas that you and I may never think of.”
While the designers modeled many of their own looks, raising loud claps and cheers with each spin on the catwalk, the children’s apparel category was also a crowd-pleaser. Younger friends and siblings threatened to steal the show as they blew kisses to the audience in their miniature bespoke looks.
Fitting with the theme, the final group of outfits was color-themed, and the clean canvas was finally filled with color.
“We were the paint and we are making our own image,” said Korryn Hart, of Westminster High School, another of the show’s production designers.
The handiwork of students from many disciplines at the Tech Center was on display as cosmetology students worked backstage with hair and makeup, video production students aimed cameras on the action from multiple angles and culinary students hustled to prepare refreshments for the intermission.
“In our field, you have to be able to be comfortable working with other people, “ Hart said.
She was thankful for the help of her teachers and proud of the work of her classmates. “This was all student based, from set-up to break-down,” she said.
Culinary arts instructor Tim Norwood said the fashion students often contact the culinary program beforehand and request food that reflects the theme of the evening. This gives the Textiles and Fashion Design students experience organizing an event, and gives his students experience working with clients as they would do professionally.