Passion for fashion: Guerin show inspired by materials that could be recycled – Chicago Tribune
Guerin College Prep senior Sam Stocco tapped into his passion for fashion on Feb. 24. Stocco helped organize and create outfits for the Guerin Prep Project Greenway 2017 Fashion Show in the Guerin auditorium.
“I wanted to get super involved, since it’s my senior year,” he said. “After school each day, I would go to the fashion lab and work on my designs.”
Guerin teacher and fashion show organizer Suzanne Giacotto said the inspiration for the show came from materials that could be recycled.
Giacotto explained that the students created clothes from pop tabs, water bottles, repurposed clothing, old T-shirts and scarves, newspapers and other recyclable items.
Sophomore Rodrigo Gonzalez said he made a skirt out of a pillowcase.
“One student created a pop tab belt that took her 40 hours to complete,” Giacotto said. “The students learned to love their clothes without having to refresh their wardrobe.”
“I made a summer dress with pop tabs and beer bottle caps, and I glued them on a dress,” Stocco said.
Giacotto said that around 50 students signed up to be a part of the show, which included designers, models, sound and music, makeup, lighting and more. The fashion show was considered an after-school activity, with several students staying after their classes to complete their clothes. Some of the students took their pieces home if they were in extracurricular activities after school.
Besides students from Guerin College Prep, kids from St. William Catholic School also participated in modeling and creating pieces in the fashion show.
Junior Paige Hudson, who was also a show organizer and designer, said that her inspiration came after visiting China. One of Hudson’s pieces was a men’s suit that she gave a more feminine look for women.
“I saw a pair of pants in China that looked a little more baggier than we usually wear,” she explained. “During this fashion show experience, I’ve learned that I love fashion and I love creativity.”
Hudson was also in charge of the models and helped them learn how to walk, strut on the runway and how to be confident when showing off the clothes.
“The fashion industry is something that I’m definitely interested in,” she said about her future goals.
As for Giacotto, her fashion ties run deep, with her great-aunt coming to America from France to design clothes for Marshall Field.
“Fashion has always been an interest of mine, along with these students,” she said. “I think this fashion show was a beautiful marriage between saving the planet and fashion.”
Maryann Pisano is a freelance reporter for Pioneer Press.