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Mentoring Through Fashion at Somers High School

Montage of three photos in Fashion Activity event“I am definitely taking this class in high school.”

That was the sentiment during a recent afternoon in the Fashion Marketplace classroom at Somers High School, where middle school students dropped into the Fashion & Textile Arts Club for the first of three workshops aimed at piquing their interest in fashion.

According to Delia Martin, president of the Fashion & Textiles Club, the first workshop in November focused on making mood boards. “The mood board workshop was a success, and I was very impressed with the outcome,” she said.

Nine middle school students arrived at 3:45 and spent the next hour and a half perusing through fashion magazines and grabbing ideas to create inspirational collages and themes led by their high school peers. “They seemed to enjoy creating the mood boards and did a great job and had a lot of creative ideas,” Martin added.

The Club will host two more workshops, fashion illustration this week and a sewing workshop in January. There are 18 spots for each of the remaining courses and Martin is hopeful they will be at least as popular as the first.

The mission of the Fashion & Textiles Arts Club is to promote and enhance knowledge in textile arts and fashion, as well as sponsor service activities that benefit the community. The club has its own set of officers and meets most Wednesdays after school for planning and organizing our events. Christine Brooks is the club advisor.

Martin was happy to host the workshops and act as a mentor to the younger students. It was her own similar experience that solidified her love of fashion and her desire to pursue a degree at Fashion Institute of Technology and possibly a career in the bridal industry.

“I participated in a one-time fashion workshop where I made a mood board when I was in 6th grade, and I loved it,” she said. “That event made me very excited to get to high school and take the fashion course. “

She added that students are lucky to have the resources that the Somers fashion program provides to both high schoolers as well as the middle school students who come to the workshops.

“Most high schools do not offer a fashion course, especially a hands-on one like this where students can design and create their own collection,” she said.

The mentoring, she said, is a key aspect of the program. “I think it is important to educate these kids about fashion because it may inspire them to want to work in the fashion industry when they are older.”

Somers Middle School students can click here to sign-up for the fashion workshops.