Fashion show set for Performing Arts Center

By Maria Jose Subiria


An evening of fashion, glamour and style will make its way to Clayton County this weekend.

The Passion 4 Fashion Phase II fashion show, sponsored by Lovejoy High School's Parent Teacher Student Association, will be featured Sunday at the Clayton County Schools Performing Arts Center from 7 to 9 p.m. The center is located on 2530 Mt. Zion Parkway, Jonesboro. Tickets are on sale for $5, in advance, and $7 at the door.

"I created this show just to give some of the girls an exposure to fashion, and at the same time give them fashion etiquette because it's my passion," said Daughn Sage, Youth Services chairwoman for Lovejoy High School's parent-teacher group.

The show's models will be 22 girls and five boys from all grade levels at Lovejoy High. The boys are from the school's Reserve Officers' Training Corps program.

Sage said the auditions were held Sept. 3, at Lovejoy.

"We just looked for personality, an interest in fashion and ladies who were able to walk in heels," Sage said.

She added that students needed to have good grades to be chosen as models. "Anyone who had a C in any marking period [wasn't] accepted," Sage said.

Featured guests will include Lovejoy's talent show winners, who will perform on stage while the models show off their garments.

"A hip-hop dance team called ODD Appeal, and a spoken-word artist will perform," Sage said.

According to Sage, the Elite Scholars of Lovejoy High School, honor roll students who concentrate on community service, will be ushers and greeters at the event.

In the early stages of planning this year's fashion show, Sage, who has a modeling background, said she used music to inspire different scenes and clothing styles.

"The show is staged. It's the kind of show where girls and guys are walking and posing," Sage said. "We really created a scene that incorporated fashion, almost like a play."

"The titles of our scenes are Feedback, Paradise, The Professional, Prom 2009, and Disturbia. All of the scenes were music driven," Sage said.

Sage credited Lovejoy PTSA Co-President Melody Totten, PTSA Lead Assistant Monica Bailey, and PTSA Vice President Karolen Maczyk-Dowdell, with helping to pull the fashion show together.

"Over the course of the summer we discussed having the show for a second year," Sage said. "The contributors and I held the auditions, and later talked about the show, the vision, the name, the scenes and incorporated the girls and boys into it."