Fashion design students advance to state competition

Chelsea Holman, Panther Growls staff member

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Lufkin High School students performed well at a fashion design competition earlier this month in Waco.

Senior Erica Varnado shows off her fourth-place award in Fashion Design at Texas FCCLA.

The competition was based on outfits that three LHS students — Jala Kennebrew, Itzel Silva and Erica Varnado — designed themselves. Varnado placed fourth and Silva was fifth, so both will advance to the state round of competition in Dallas.

The students had to describe and demonstrate the construction of their dresses to judges at the competition earlier this month.

Kennebrew said the design of her dress was inspired by dye pollution, which means wastewater from textile dyeing also affects plant life in the water. Many dyes have substances that speed the process of making the clothes, she said.

Varnado said she designed her dress to reach out to people in their early 20s.

Junior Itzel Silva shows off her fifth-place award in Fashion Design at Texas FCCLA.

“Many girls want to be respected by their look, so I made this to be adult and classy,” she said.

Silva said her love of floral design led to the design of her dress.

“I love how the colors pop out on the different flowers,” she said.

Senior Jala Kennebrew works on a project in Fashion Design. (Photo by BROOKE WASHBURN/Lufkin High School Fang Yearbook)

Fashion Design teacher Katie Pruitt said the students began working on their projects in December. She said she is very proud of how far her students have come.

Senior Jala Kennebrew’s dress design (Photo by CHELSEA HOLMAN/Lufkin High School Panther Growls news)

Junior Itzel Silva’s dress design (Photo by CHELSEA HOLMAN/Lufkin High School Panther Growls news)

Senior Erica Varnado’s dress design (Photo by CHELSEA HOLMAN/Lufkin High School Panther Growls news)