From designing clothing items, to holding clothing drives and making jewelry, fashion club at the high school celebrates and gives back to the fashion world. The club meets once a month for around 45 to 60 minutes, and each meeting has different activities planned.
The club was founded in 2014 by Claudia Wade, a design teacher at the high school. Currently it is led by senior and president Katelyn Pepper, who has been a member for four years.
“I have always loved fashion and this club piqued my interest so I decided to join,” Pepper said. “In the past couple of years, we have painted pumpkins, made jewelry, had a booth at the multicultural fair, done clothing drives and more!”
A typical meeting usually starts off with Pepper presenting a brief PowerPoint about a fashion topic to educate the 25 or so other members, followed by a fun activity.
“Some activities this year included fashion coloring, sustainable beauty and fashion, icing cookies with clothing designs, creating designs on croquis and much more,” advisor and mentorship coordinator Cindy Reynolds said.
This year in particular, the club sponsored a clothing drive in Jan. for Common Ground Free Store in Delaware, Ohio.
“The winter clothing drive was held from Jan. 27-31 and it went very well! We were able to collect many bags of winter clothing items,” Pepper said. “This clothing drive helped implement the idea of donating old clothes and sustainable fashion and beauty.”
Pepper, who will be studying fashion merchandising at Kent State University, has had a passion for the fashion industry and sustainable beauty in today’s world. Although they are not planning any more clothing drives for this year, the club urges people to donate their old clothes.
“People should join Fashion Club to talk and learn more about the world of fashion! You can also sign up to take the design elective next year to learn more about fashion,” Pepper said.