Lewis CTHS students collaborated with professionals in the cosmetology and fashion industry for the Houston Fashion Show at the campus.
| Brianna Foster applies eye shadow for a fashion model.
Lights, camera, action – students at the Lewis Career and Technical High School did not have to travel far to participate in Fashion Week. Instead, they brought the show to their own backyard.
Numerous fashion and cosmetology professionals collaborated with students in the cosmetology, art and veterinary technical programs to present one of the hit events of the year – the Houston Fashion Show – that took place in the Lewis CTHS lobby, April 14.
“This is by far the biggest and most complex event we have created at CTHS,” said Monserrat Ramirez, Lewis CTHS cosmetology instructor and event planner.
“We took field trips over the last five years to the galleria and even to New York for a hair show and convention, and now we get to host an event of this magnitude at our campus.”
The theme for the evening was the “wild jungle,” where animals, including dogs, ferrets and even rabbits strutted down the runway in jungle costumes.
The event continued with student models showing off their cheetah print, feathers and other wild-life themed garments on the walkway. The main event featured 30 fashion models showcasing designs by professional designers and Lewis CTHS students.
Cosmetology students, representing all grade levels, put their artistic talents on display for the models and fashion designers, including an individual from Dubai, along with several hair artists and nail technicians in the industry. The seniors handled hair and makeup; juniors and sophomores collaborated on the theme for the event; and freshmen assisted throughout the show.
Brianna Foster, Lewis CTHS senior, was spotted backstage applying eye shadow for Franzi Ahres, a model. Foster said this experience will help her achieve her life-long dream of becoming a cosmetologist.
“If I didn’t come to CTHS, I would still be practicing hair and makeup on my mom.” Foster said. “We actually get hands-on training with real models here.”
Students in the Lewis CTHS art program designed the animal fashion wear and veterinary technical students modeled the attire, while culinary arts students prepared appetizers for the guests. The Business Professional of America provided gifts bags for VIP guests and the audio visual department videotaped the show.
Pasadena High alum Ramirez, Class of ’03, was instrumental in organizing the fashion show. She credits the success of the event to the collaborative effort of students, staff and area business partners, including Victor Quinteros, owner of Houston Fashion Week, along with Armstrong McCall Professional Beauty Supply and Farouk Systems.
“The best part of this event is that students can see the collaboration involved in developing a fashion show,” Ramirez said.
“My goal from day one was to offer the best real-world experiences for our students and I think we accomplished that goal today. This experience is a testament to the supportive staff and administrative team – all of whom share the same vision for this program.”