Here are sophomore Amanda Leifer's awesome photos from the night!
Plans for this year's show actually began at the end of the last school year when the amazing Ahuva Mantell, Frisch's art teacher, applied for and received a grant from Bergen County to create a school event that educated about the environment. We therefore decided our annual fashion show would highlight different biomes -- specific ecological communities -- in the world. Mrs. Mantell also suggested building terrariums that represented our biomes, an idea that proved fun and educational.
Early in the year, the designers for each grade as well as RealSchool's Health and Environment team gathered and began researching various biomes. We decided that the freshmen would represent the aquatic biome; the sophomores, the rainforest; the juniors, the desert -- because junior year seems like a trek through the Sahara; and the seniors, the different biomes in Israel, including its most famous one, the chaparral, which includes shrubs, grassland, and forest.
|RealSchool linked up its Fashion team with Health and Environment|
right away this year, since the two teams would be working
on the same event
Once the designers had settled on various outfit ideas, we then selected the models and began purchasing items for the terrariums.
|Frisch girls interested in being models submit their names;|
we choose the models by lottery
|Senior Yakira makes a terrarium based on Israel's biome;|
we sold the terrariums to raise money for Innovation: Africa,
an organization that worked well with our fashion show theme,
since IA uses green technologies to make Africa grow!
|The terrariums were a nice buzzbuilder for the event!|
|And here they are, ready to be sold. The one on the right is a mix of herbs|
available in Israel
|Working on the banner: Eve comes to life|
|Was there a part of the fashion show Julia WASN'T involved in?|
Here she is bringing Miram to life on the banner
|We put solar panels on the woman representing|
Sivan Ya'ari, since Innovation: Africa brings that technology
to the continent
And here's the finished product, with the last photo taken the night of the event (Thanks to Home Depot on Route 17N in Paramus for donating our green runway!):
|Eve and Miriam|
|Evonne Marzouk and Sivan Ya'ari: That's a light bulb in|
Sivan's hand, another item IA brings to Africa!
|The banner and runway!|
Of course, putting together the outfits is one of the most exciting parts of the fashion show. Marcia's Attic of Englewood generously lent us four outfits -- thanks to Frisch senior Avital Abramov for making that happen! -- and we got additional clothes from H and M, which has a sustainability and conscious mission in the company's philanthropic arm. Vowing to provide education and clean water to those who need it and to strengthen women, the company is modeling not only funky clothes but good citizenship. The clothing for the rest of our outfits was from our own closet, and one dress was student-made.
Here are the grade designers preparing the outfits for the show:
|Jodi and Sammi bringing to life oceans, seas, rivers, lakes, |
coral reefs, and estuaries, in clothing!
|Sophomore designers Lila and Liana imagined rainforest flowers and animals;|
look at the flower below and the outfit above. That's a pretty good match, no?
|Junior Ayelet worked with the sophomore designers|
to plan a dress based on the rainforest; Ayelet then sewed the dress
and sophomore Racheli modeled it. This was the first year a student
sewed a dress for the show!
|The juniors reproduced a desert sunset for two of their looks|
as well as for one of the mannequins we decorated the room with
for the night!
|Senior designers Julia, Sabrina, and Melissa brought to life|
the ocean, rivers, desert, and chaparral regions of Israel!
Not only did Ayelet sew a dress for the show, multi-talented Jamie sewed a shirt we used on one of the mannequins:
|Thanks, Jamie, for all the creative work you've done at|
Frisch over the past four years!
The Fashion Show Night!
Glam Salon doesn't let us down! The generous and wonderful hairdressers and makeup artists of Glam Salon, for the third year in a row, donated their time and tools to transform our models into walking beauties of nature. Not that the girls aren't gorgeous to begin with, but let's show you what we mean . . .
|A rainforest "bird" . . .|
|. . . with a "tree monkey"|
|The sophomores' brilliant colors suggest the tropical nature of their biome|
Don't tell us this bun and massive afro don't remind you of some of the brush in Israel!
|Sheri represented the brush and shrubs of the chaparral region in Israel,|
while Abigail was walking as Israel's beautiful seas and lakes. Banias, anyone?
The Dance Performance
This is the second year that the talented Frisch Dance Team also performed at the show, giving us four dances that represented a different biome: water, rainforest, desert, and Israel.
|A wave in the first dance, representing water. The dance team|
was extremely clever in how they incorporated the biomes
into their performances!
Faculty Daughters Model
Of course, one of the highlights of the show is the faculty daughters who walk. This year the girls, who ranged from ages 4 to 12, represented all the different biomes and reminded us of the Native American proverb:
"We do not inherit the earth from our Ancestors; we borrow it from our Children."
In addition to the banner, we also incorporated song into our show, twice. Once was a pre-recorded version of "We Are the World," the song that was the slogan of our show. The sophomores had recorded the song two weeks earlier in a recording studio. We played the song with the following slide show about manmade disasters:
The other musical performance was by seniors Esther Meir and Tamar Palgon. Esther played the violin, while Tamar played the guitar and sang a song she'd written herself. We're thrilled by the addition of music to our fashion show; with the banner and songs, the night was a true celebration of the arts.
The Fashion Show Narrative
What ties all the disparate parts of the evening together and frames them in a religiously and spiritually meaningful way is the Fashion Show Narrative, which the women in RealSchool's Religious Identity team create and present. Marni Loffman this year played an integral role in writing the narrative, and here you can see the students who sharpened their oral presentation skills by emceeing the night:
|This year, as you can see, we also added a slide show|
to accompany the narrative. Both the narrative and slide show
are available below.
|Thanks to Kim, Frisch's chef, for coming up with these|
"high-heeled" cupcakes. How cute are they?
|We can always count on Larisa in the Academic Office|
to produce beautiful programs
|Juniors -- Elisheva, an MC, and Tamar and Debra, two models -- relax before the show!|
|Sophomores Chloe and Tali man the selfie station for|
fashion show participants!