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Fashion show lets students study, strut
Lambert High student Samantha Mercerod paints props Wednesday for the school's prom fashion show today. The production is part of an advanced fashion marketing class. - photo by Autumn McBride

At a glance
The Lambert High School Prom Fashion Show will be at 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. today in the school’s auditorium. Tickets to the show are $7 and can be purchased at the door or by e-mailing

Lambert High School students are striking a pose today for the school's first Prom Fashion Show.

“I’ve been watching these shows since I was a freshman and I thought they were always so cool,” said junior Cate Hackling. “When I got to be a junior, I wanted to do it really bad.”

Hackling and about 20 other students in Amanda Mathis’ advanced fashion marketing class are putting on the show.

“We actually have an entire fashion show unit,” Mathis said. “Rather than just learning about it in a textbook, which we did do, we learned about how fashion shows work and what it takes to put one on first.

"Now we are actually doing it, they’re implementing what they learned.”

The 41 female and 22 male models had to audition for the show. They were also given tickets to sell.

The models did such a good sales job, tickets exceeded the seating capacity of the school’s auditorium. As a result, Mathis decided to hold two shows, one at 5:30 p.m. and the other at 8 p.m.

Mathis’ fashion show unit was divided into four separate groups — props, promotions, models and choreography and music.

Lexi Puzder is in the props group. The senior said the class is a great steppingstone toward her goal of becoming a fashion designer.

The fashion show has been a lot of work she said, but she “knew it wouldn’t be easy.”

“It should help me with the marketing process," she said. "I want to do mostly design, but I do want to get to the point where I do have my own line, so it will be nice to know the business and marketing side of it.”

Hackling, who is working on the promotions committee, was also selected to be a model. Though she’s not entering fashion marketing as a career, “I plan on pursuing marketing … and this is a great background to have.”

“My committee was in charge of putting together the program, so that was a great shuffle getting the layout correct and making sure everyone was represented that needed to be represented as far as models, the advanced fashion class and all of our sponsors,” she said.

“Just getting that information together and ... making it look good was difficult, but we accomplished it.”

As a member of the choreography and music committee, Katie Barna is preparing for her future. With dance and music playing a key role in her life, the senior plans to major in dance management in college.

“I’m also going to get the business side of it in case after I’m done performing, or my career is over, I can learn how to start a business and get things running and hopefully be able to hire people and learn how to manage that,” she said.