The Bermuda High School’s fashionistas are putting the final touches on their designs for the Eco-Runway competition which takes place this Friday, November 16th, 7pm at BHS’ Queen Elizabeth Hall.
The show is open to the public and there are limited tickets available for students and adults, in addition to VIP tickets for a champagne reception which includes VIP seats, champagne, canapes and prizes.
Nine teams of students have created two designs, one avant garde and one ready-to-wear. The catch is that they had to be made of at least 50% recycled or found materials. The teams paired up with fashion mentors in the community and had 6 weeks to complete their collection.
Sketches which the students will be bringing to life on Friday:
The design teams have been mentored by fashion industry locals: Jacqui Neath Myrie from AS Cooper, Heather MacDonald and Gelena Thompson from Atelerie, Maritza Sequeros and Zoe Williams from Calypso, Oneka Benn Schwartz of Design Pretty, Leilah Musson of French Connection, Jenia Thompson of Lovit, Alexandra Arruda of Max Mara and freelance designer Lyn Winford.
From team H2O, 15 year old competitor Reem Bushara’s said: “It’s been a great experience. The most challenging part was how to make recycled materials look fashion forward but, by working with my team and mentor, we found a creative solution.
“My favourite part was collaborating with my friends and mentor on a school project that allowed us to think outside the box. We all love fashion so we were able to share ideas and brainstorm. Our final idea is inspired by the island, the sea specifically. We are excited to share it on Friday!”
Last year the show was sold out and honoured with an environmental award by the Bermuda National Trust. This year guest judges are: Amir X, Jennifer Johnson Porter and Delight Morris.
Last year’s BHS Eco Runway Fashion Show:
Host and Director of Advancement Jennifer Burland Adams explains: “This competition combines creative arts, fashion and environmentalism in a unique way.
“The students are responsible for all part of the process: concept and design, execution, model search, styling and runway music. We’d like to thank all of our mentors and judges for supporting The Bermuda High School and our student’s evident creative talent.”
The eco runway competition was inspired by the popular reality show ‘Project Runway’. The students will premiere their collection to the public at BHS’ Queen Elizabeth Hall on November 16th at 7pm. Tickets are $10 for students and $20 for adults.
A Champagne reception which includes VIP eco RUNWAY tickets, champagne, canapes and a chance at a champagne-themed door prize are $50. Profits will go to the Bermuda High School’s Financial Aid program. Limited tickets are available online at www.bhs.bm.