What can you do with a newspaper and tape? Students at Caney Creek High School, Family Consumer Science class, created a runway-worthy gown.
Kimberly Gorman was the recipient of the prestigious Kimberly Gorman Award in 2005. fashion designBecause many students were still attending school online, she had to be very selective in choosing the projects her students could complete. With her students back in class, the group projects can begin.
Gorman gave her students a pile from The Prowler and Conroe Courier newspapers at the end September and instructed them to make a gown. The class had been discussing hemlines, necklines and dress styles. This project was their chance put what they had learned into practice. This year, students will be able to make the project in life-size.
“I have seen this project done on Facebook before from some other teachers,”Gorman stated. “I was inspired to do it by them, and these kids just ran with it. I showed them a Project Runway video to give them an idea of ‘Hey this is what we’re leaning towards.’”
Students were placed in groups and started to sketch their designs. Although the majority of the dress had been made of newspaper, they were allowed to use other materials such as colored paper, ribbon, and rhinestones to embellish it. design more dynamic.
There were eight different styles and lengths of dresses by the end the week. The styles included a traditional ballgown to a classic, mermaid tail-length skirt to a modern, inspired by a Cactus. Gorman then had his Facebook friends and fellow teachers vote for their favorite designs from each class. Then, Gorman displayed them in the classroom window so that the rest of the student body could see them.
The students aren’t using sewing machines quite yet so the newspaper was a more affordable alternative that also allowed them to be creative, work together, and utilize the skills and knowledge they had already acquired.
“I’m so impressed,” Gorman said of her student’s creations. “They had so much fun with this.”
Angie Castro, a sophomore at Caney Creek was one of the students who designed the winning design. designFor their class, a one shoulder dress inspired by the 60s/70s style and the sci-fi. show Star Trek.
“I’ve always loved fashion since I was little and I want to continue being in fashion, that’s what I want to go into for college,” Castro said. “(The project) taught me how to work through my ideas and actually get it to be done. I learned new ways to make details.”
The largest project was a ballgown-style dress. It required five people to move it, making sure the large skirt and details at the hem stayed in place. Caden Brown, Caney Creek sophomore, was part of the ballgown team. He said he joined this class to try something new.
“It felt like paving a road without concrete,”Brown spoke of creating a dress from newspaper. “The original design was supposed to be short and simple, but the ambition is as big as (the dress).”
Brown learned the hard way that hard work pays off in this particular project.