I reached a huge milestone in my fashion career and I am super proud of myself. Last week I received an opportunity to teach my first style workshop! I was contacted by a teacher at Steel City Academy in Gary, Ind., who was eager to teach of few of the girls in her class how to not only look good, but feel good.
I was so nervous up until the day of the workshop, and the work that I had to put into it was not easy. To prep, I had to create an entire lesson plan based around fashion. I know that would seem easy for someone like me, but I beg to differ. I had to put all my thoughts about fashion on paper and pinpoint a learning aspect about everything. I also had to make sure the girls would be attentive and fascinated by all the things I have learned about the fashion industry over the years.
The day finally came and I was a complete wreck. However, I was prepared and ready to be able to share my tips and tricks. Originally, I was told that I would have a class of 15 girls, but when I showed up there were 24 beautiful faces smiling back at me. I covered a variety of topics from thrifting to dressing for success. I made sure I covered all of my basis. I also included a style game that involved the girls using an over-sized shirt and turning it into a wearable piece. This was a complete hit and it made me feel good to know that these girls actually learned something from me.
I was also able to give away gift bags to all the girls. These gift bags included 2-3 vintage pieces and a few other beauty products. The girls loved EVERYTHING and I was happy to be able to spice up their wardrobe for the upcoming spring season. After the class ended I was approached by the school’s leadership members and I was invited to com back in March! I hope that as time goes by that I am able to get better and maybe I can go on tour with this style workshop. 🙂
By Brittanie Sturdivant, Sophomore, Open Campus Parsons School of Design