Who goes to a high school to shop? You might, now that the Costume and Design students at the Paseo Academy of Fine & Performing Arts are opening their own store.
The shop, called Urban Edge, is housed in a previously vacant classroom and is still under construction. Students from Manual Career Tech came in to do the carpentry, erecting a dressing room in one corner and shelving on the walls. Mannequins Tonya and Thomas will soon be outfitted in clothes made by students in Pam Lucas' Costume and Design class.
Lucas buzzes around her sun-streaked classroom, showing off the designs that her students will soon usher down the runway at a dinner and fashion show on Friday, March 12, in Paseo's cafeteria. The fashion show marks the grand opening of Urban Edge. "These kids are in love with bubble skirts, even though bubble skirts are pretty much out," Lucas says cheerfully, pinching a piece of electric-pink satin on a hanger. "And tutus. We have six or seven tutus in the show. But that's fine. We can have seven tutus."
Urban Edge is an interdisciplinary collaboration between
several of Paseo's classes; the Entrepreneurship and Marketing class
and Digital Broadcasting students are involved as well. Through the
in-school shop, which will be open to students and the public after
classes end each day, Paseo kids are learning about what it takes to
run a business. The Costume and Design kids will be turning out leotards for dance students, aprons for painting classes, school spirit wear (Go Pirates!) and anything else their creative hearts desire.