By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great local journalism.
Sweet tooth for fashion
Shows to feature trends, teamwork
NFHS Prom Fashion Show 3 es
Teacher Amy Gee laughs with student Hannah Lientz. - photo by Emily Saunders
If you’re going

The fashion shows at North and South Forsyth high schools are Thursday.

• North: 7 p.m. in the auditorium. Tickets $7

• South: 5:30 and 8 p.m. in the auditorium. Tickets $7
Amy Gee’s classroom has slowly started to resemble the candy factory of Willy Wonka.

Glittering painted peppermint and lollipop cutouts cover the linoleum.

Spice drops, jellybeans and neon paint make up a large candy house backdrop that covers several classroom desks.

And the famous top hat of Mr. Wonka sits on a computer desk, awaiting its runway premiere.
Students have been hard at work readying for North Forsyth High School’s prom fashion show, which is themed after the “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” movies.

Gee said the 81 students in her three fashion marketing classes design “everything from the big details to the smallest thing” for Thursday’s benefit show.

In addition to constructing the colorful atmosphere, they’ve cast models, designed a program, handled marketing and chosen dresses loaned from two area shops.

For Gee, this is the first year putting together the show after a career in marketing.

“It’s been quite a transition, but I love it,” she said. “It’s actually one of our state standards to teach them how to put on the show and go out in the community and raise awareness.”

Other county high schools, including Forsyth Central and South and West Forsyth, also put on prom fashion shows.

Fashion marketing teacher Nancy Ruff said her 54 students at South have planned a show modeled after the board game “Candyland.”

Ruff said the fashion show “coordinates with what they’re learning” in class.

The all-female group got the opportunity to have a modeling agency help with casting and walking in preparation of the big show.

Money raised from admission, T-shirts, programs and voting with dollars for best model in the show will benefit the DECA marketing club and the Wyclef Jean Yele Haiti Foundation.

In addition to DECA, North students selected Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation as their beneficiaries.

The shows typically draw a crowd of students and parents, though there’s hope for a higher turnout this year.

“We want a bigger variety,” said North senior Amber Perry. “We want other people to come out and see what we’ve created.”

Perry worked with other students last week, painting and gluing decorations to the candy house, which will be a centerpiece in the show’s candy scene.

Aside from entertainment acts, candy and winter scenes will be the two main acts on the runway.

Dresses will be more vibrant in the candy scene and toned down and elegant in the winter scene, students said.

Though there is only one male student in the three North classes, guys won’t be left out of the runway show.

Males models, found through school auditions, will sport tuxedos.

The Willy Wonka theme was a result of a class vote, though not everyone was on board from the start.

“At first I think we were just all surprised, like ‘Willy Wonka?’ What does that have to do with a fashion show?” said Brianna Glouse, a junior.
“You look at higher-end fashion shows and they’re just so plain and simple.

“Once we started working on the props and with the people and the dresses it just kind of all fell in.”

Glouse and seniors Emily Brown and Amber Hornal worked on putting together all the aspects of the show. Draft pages of stage designs cover their work space.

Glouse and Hornal plan to pursue fashion design in the future, perhaps as a minor in college.

For Brown, who is a dancer, bringing the elements of the show together has been exciting.

“The construction of the show has been really helpful just to see how things get fit together,” she said. “I’m enjoying it. It’s definitely been a learning experience.”