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Fashion Show at Maxwell Career and Technical Education HS

Showing off their talents
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Posing with students from the culinary program at the Cultural Academy for the A
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Posing with students from the culinary program at the Cultural Academy for the Arts and Sciences are (front, from left) parent Charlene Hodges, Caquias, UFT Brooklyn HS District Representative James Duncan and Mousmoutis.

A senior struts the runway.
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A senior struts the runway.

Student talent was on display at William H. Maxwell Career and Technical Education HS in East New York, Brooklyn, on June 16, when Maxwell hosted a fashion show and drew on the talents in other Brooklyn schools for music, food and award designs. “We had a red carpet and a VIP room,” said Kendall Overton, who teaches apparel design and technology at Maxwell and has coordinated student fashion shows for 11 years. Students are required to do four fashion shows for two seasons, most of them off campus. But the June event gave students a chance to show their work to parents and friends. Overton also brings in college and industry partners so students can network with an eye toward higher education and internships. Jacqueline Vargas, a paraprofessional at Maxwell, helped Overton produce the fashion show. “The students are seeing the fruits of their labor, and it sets them up for a successful future when internships, scholarships or job opportunities come up,” Vargas said. Fatima Bah, 17, designed two bridal dresses — a short one in pink, with a top made of fur, and a long gown, in black with a lace top. “This was special because it was based on my own idea,” said Fatima, who plans to pursue a career in fashion design. “I was inspired by the avant-garde.” Maxwell students did hair styling and makeup for the models, including classmates and others from the famous Barbizon agency. Students from the Cultural Academy for the Arts and Sciences in East Flatbush provided food, including sandwiches and made-to-order crepes, said the school’s chapter leader, Deborah Caquias. “We have a culinary program and the kids do top quality cooking under the direction of chef Niko Mousmoutis,” said Caquias. “It was a fantastic experience for them.” Special plaques were designed by students at New Utrecht HS, and music was provided by students from Edward R. Murrow HS in Midwood. It was a lot of work, but Overton said she was gratified by the student response: “One of them told me, ‘You know, Ms. Overton, I could get used to this.’”

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