Fashion 101 launched at Evanston Township High School on September 19. We’re only two classes in, but we already know this is going to be an amazing year. 

Class 1: A group of freshman girls hesitantly walked into the Project Fashion classroom on the first day. We were nervous that students wouldn’t attend because Fashion 101 is a new after-school program at Evanston Township High School and relatively unknown to the students. Luckily, Daina, Kara, and Imari were ready to see what we had to offer.

Genna and Dayna, our program instructors, started the day with a stylish ice breaker. The students had to style each other with clothing in unconventional ways. For instance, a pair of jeans were worn as a head wrap. It was a great way to get the girls' energy flowing. We were so happy to see the girls really getting into it, having fun, and expressing themselves through fashion.

For the reminder of the time, we introduced the concept of a fashion portfolio and explained that they’ll be completing their own portfolio throughout the school year with original sketches and designs. Needless to say, they were beyond excited!

To wrap up, students played a fashion game to learn about the garment product development process to give them a sense of how clothing is designed, manufactured, and distributed. All in all, our first day was packed full of fashion knowledge.

Class 2: Our second class brought even more fashion-forward insight when fashion professionals from Ready Pretty, Brideside, and Argaman & Defiance came to bestow a little industry knowledge on our students (and for some pizza!). The class hosted an open panel where these industry insiders taught students about their fashion careers and the paths they took to get there. After learning about fashion careers the week before, students were actually able to have their questions answered by the fabulous industry insiders in real life! Can it get any more hands on than that?

After the panel, each student was paired with a fashion insider for a little one-on-one mentoring. Working towards a dream career means setting personal goals for yourself along the way. Our fashion industry mentors helped jumpstart our students fashion futures by working with them to create SMART goals for the rest of the school year. It was a pretty amazing day!