A fashion show in a freeze
Due to inclement weather, HISD has canceled all after-school activities,” my principal said over the loudspeaker.
It was the day I had been working towards for months. It was the day when my friends would be walking on a runway wearing my styled outfits in front of over 100 people. The Contemporary Arts Museum fashion show was here. This event was organized by the museum’s teen council, which is composed of a small group of young artists and art enthusiasts, to give teenage designers and stylists the opportunity to showcase their designs. All of their hard work was leading up to this day.
“Everyone must be out of the building by 5 p.m.”
Once the bell rang, I rushed out of my seat and headed towards the bathroom. My team of models and I would have to work quickly as we had less than an hour to do hair, makeup, and get dressed. This was only the start of a long, fulfilling night ahead. Running through the rain, we rushed inside the museum, and a wave of warmth fell over us. The cold weather was reminiscent of the freeze that took place in February 2021. Worry nagged at me; I hoped that we wouldn't have a repeat of last year. I took a deep breath and got to work. I looked around and took in my surroundings. I saw designers and stylists adding the finishing touches to their beautiful pieces. Bright colors of downy fabrics and the shiny, metal luminescence of others filled the room.
The nerves began to set in. The council had decided that my team – including Jones Mays, CAMH teen council member, and models Maren Brown, Isabel Hoffman, and Anika Palacharla – would be opening the show. I said a silent prayer as my models went out. Everything that could possibly go wrong went through my mind. What if the pins I attached weren’t tight enough? What if the lehenga I fought to keep from falling down ended up doing just that? All of my worries melted away as I saw them coming down the stairs.
These moments are some that I will never forget. I am forever grateful to the CAMH teen council for making this possible and giving us the unforgettable fashion show in a freeze.
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