a place for self-expression and creativity – The Southerner
The Fashion Club of South recently held its first meeting of the school year on December 13, 2022. The Fashion Club was established in 2018 by Sonya Maier with the goal of empowering students to feel comfortable expressing themselves through fashion. With the excellent turnouts the club has achieved, they have many exciting events that they plan to implement.
This year, the fashion club is led by four Juniors, Deena Maier, Isabel Ocholi, Mamie Slusher and Rosie Puotinen. They are delighted to be in charge and have many ideas about where they want to take the club. other. My sister founded a fashion club, so I wanted to keep it going. Maier explains.
“I’ve been interested in fashion since middle school. Fashion is a very unique style of art and it’s a great form of expression. adds Slusher. The aim of the fashion club is to inspire people to be interested in fashion and feel comfortable expressing themselves. “The Southern community style is very vibrant and diverse and our club wants to focus on that,” Slusher says.
So far the club has done painting, upcycling, quilting, sewing, clothes swapping, collages and crocheting. “We want to plan activities that people care about and everything we’ve done so far has been really fun and engaging,” says Ocholi.
The club wants to teach students how to shop sustainably, create/repair their own clothes and how to sew/crochet. “Creating is a big part of our club and educating others on how to sew and personalize their clothes could help people in a variety of ways,” says Puotinen.
The fashion club has huge plans for the future. They plan to do more fundraising, recycling, and potentially even a garage sale. This year, the fashion club is more community-oriented, focusing primarily on helping those in need. They want to do this by partnering with other community organizations, starting clothing drives, donating to shelters, and more. “It’s important for us because we want to make clothing accessible to everyone, because many of us don’t realize the privileges we have when it comes to our clothing consumption. Fashion should be for everyone, but people’s circumstances can get in the way of that, so we want to do what we can to help,” says Maier. Inspired by other schools, the club also plans to open a thrift store inside South. This would be a room where students could donate unwanted clothes which would then be made available to those who want them. “I feel like experimenting with fashion is a great thing for teenagers to do, so opening something like this at school would encourage that while providing a more sustainable and inexpensive way to shop,” Maier says.
More and more high school students are interested in fashion and experimenting with their personal style. The fashion club has many exciting visions it plans to implement this year. If you’re looking for a creative outlet or a place to unwind after the school day, the Fashion Club is the place to be. The fashion club meets every other Tuesday in room 205.