What do you get when combining a fashion industry runway, talented youth, and education choice? It can only be the Fashion Institute of New Orleans’ 11th Annual Passion for Fashion show.
The yearly event, which has received national recognition, gives students the opportunity to produce a fashion show using their own designs. This year’s show featured the AFC “Freedom” Teen Line. Models donned t-shirts and displayed signage with messages of freedom, choice and academic achievement.
“We work with young people who otherwise would not have meaningful alternative activities, which cause them to engage in detrimental behavior,” said Fashion Institute of New Orleans (FINO) director Shawn Verrett.
“FINO helps to expose students whose opportunities for success have been limited by financial means, geography and a basic lack of exposure. We are proud to join with AFC to advocate for diverse learning opportunities based on the belief that all children can learn.”
The Fashion Institute of New Orleans is a District 2 Community Enhancement Corporation program designed to maximize the impact of the fashion and retail industry on Louisiana. The program is open to high school juniors and seniors in the Louisiana Recovery School District who are interested in pursuing higher education in fashion design and/or merchandising. Graduates have moved on to careers in the entertainment/fashion industry as models, designers, spokespersons, make-up artists, videographers, photographers and hairstylists.
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