FLORENCE — The Florence Academy of Fine Arts Fashion Program of Florence High School has selected a theme for this year's show that's out of this world.

The show, in its sixth year, is themed "Between Galaxies" with a space design theme. It is scheduled for April 27. Sponsorships are still available.

Fashion program instructor Lacey Gonzalez said the show will be held in the high school auditorium beginning at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. with food and entertainment for VIP guests.

Presale tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. They are available through any fashion student or fashion teacher through April 19.

The theme for the show, as with all other details of the event, was student driven, Gonzalez said.

"The students handle every aspect of it from preparing the garments for the show to all areas of production." 

Student participants are in grades 10th through 12th.

Fashion students hosted a model call Jan. 31 for the student body, which resulted in the selection of 40 students.

Gonzalez said about 80 garments will be modeled during the show.

Seniors have their own collections consisting of six to 10 pieces each that they designed and created.

There will also be an exhibition at the show of non-traditional garments, not for wear, made from recyclable materials and displayed mainly on mannequins. The goal of the separate showing is for the students to express their creativity and share it with the public.

"Every year the show has grown and we're continuing to go for bigger and better," Gonzalez said. "There were so many people last year we ran out of chairs. We've reconfigured and changed it up this year so we won't have that problem." 

Gonzalez said the fabrics, textures and designs, although all space-related, are strictly student interpretations.

"They decided on a theme and did their own thing design-wise," she said. "That's what makes it so interesting, the various interpretations of space."

The students first sketched the designs then sewed them.

One of the show's organizers in the fashion media class, senior Kate Phillips, said the show has gained prestige yearly, and deservedly so.

"This is more than your typical fashion class type of show," Phillips said. "This is very involved from the sketching to sewing the pieces. We want the public to perceive it as a realistic fashion show. This is students doing what fashion designers do, and we all take it very seriously."

Phillips said the show has grown in the three years she's been a part of it to about 300 spectators. She expects the same size, or bigger, crowd this year.

Donations are being accepted for making modifications, such as a catwalk extension from the stage in the auditorium.

"All the money we take in goes for materials for this event, the entertainment, food and other expenses," Gonzalez said, adding that the goal is to showcase the hard work and progression of the fashion students.

Sponsorships include a bronze package for $25 to $99; a silver for $100 to $249; a gold for $250 to $499, and a platinum for, $500 and up. Each packet includes VIP tickets and various other perks and recognition.


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