The world of fashion design will come to life at Overland High School on December 1, as the school hosts the first-ever “Refashion the Future” competition for high school students. More than 20 aspiring designers from high schools across the metro area will compete for scholarships that could help them pursue an education and career in the fashion industry.
The innovative event is the brainchild of OHS Family and Consumer Sciences teacher Arielle Bergmann.
“It’s always been a passion of mine to provide students with opportunities to pursue a career in the industry,” Bergmann said. “I want to show students and parents that they can make a career out of this, and if they’re good at what they’re doing, they can use this as a stepping stone to get where they need to go, whether it’s in fashion or in business.”
The competition works this way: student designers select three pieces of clothing from ARC Thrift Stores, one of the competition’s sponsors. They then refashion those pieces into a new outfit that illustrates the competition theme of “Futuristic Destinations.”
“There’s a lot that they can do with that,” Bergmann explained. “They can transform the clothes to be more avant-garde and crazy couture, or they can make it more like daily wear.”
Earlier this fall, student designers submitted a mood board and sketch that shows the style, colors and inspiration for their creation. Then they had about a month to refashion the three pieces they selected into a new outfit. The new creations will be modeled on the runway during the competition, which will be judged by a Los Angeles fashion designer, a Denver fashion blogger, the owner of Colorado Fabrics and a fashion design student. The judges will select first-, second- and third-place winners who will receive scholarships of $500, $250 and $100 respectively. The scholarships are made possible by the competition sponsors: ARC Thrift Stores, A1 Garage Doors, Colorado Sign Fabricators and Darci Amundson Photography. Hair and makeup services will be provided by Aveda Institute.
The competition is open to the public. Tickets are $10 and are available online at https://overlandhs.revtrak.net/fashion-show/#/v/general-admission and at the door.