The Edmonton Public Schools Foundation, in partnership with Kingsway Mall, is introducing Edmonton to some of its brightest young designers. Ready to Shine 3: Student Fashion Show and Gala will highlight the creative design talents of Fashion Studies students from seven high schools including: amiskwaciy Academy, Harry Ainlay, Jasper Place, L.Y. Cairns, M.E. LaZerte, Ross Sheppard and W.P. Wagner. The students have worked for months to create a collection of three garments (a casual top, career skirt and black tie event dress) that will be modeled on the catwalk by students and local celebrities.
“The Ready to Shine design challenge is becoming a highlight of the Fashion Studies program for our students,” says Sandra Woitas, Director, Edmonton Public Schools Foundation. “The experience of creating artistic fashions based on the Kingsway Mall competition criteria is exciting, but fitting the designs for local media celebrity models certainly added to the fun.”
In addition to encouraging, mentoring and challenging students to put their design skills to the test, the third annual event is also raising funds to support full-day Kindergarten programs. Last year, $22,000 was raised through Ready to Shine and the Hang-A-Garment campaign. This year, the goal is to raise $100,000 through this event and others.