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North Syracuse Junior High School Fashion Students’ Designs Hit the Runway

Students in Nita Bellucci’s Fashion in Our Lives classes at North Syracuse Junior High School are taking their classroom lessons to the next level and bringing learning to life with a “Project Runway” contest at their school.
Project Runway, a popular reality tv show focused on fashion, pits contestants against each other as they strive to create top clothing designs while restricted by time, materials and theme.
As part of the curriculum for the Fashion in Our Lives course, students spend time exploring clothing styles, designers and trends and investigate influencing factors. As students develop their knowledge of fashion, they learn how to bring their ideas to life by constructing their own textile projects.
For her Project Runway contest, Mrs. Bellucci had her students create wedding gowns out of toilet paper. The gowns, which are currently on display in the school’s library, are now being voted upon in four categories: 1. Best Overall Design, 2. Most Original Design, 3. Best Execution & Detail and 4. Best Use of Fabric/material.
The contest was originally open only to students and staff at the junior high, but voting has been opened up to the public and entries are accepted online at
Kelly Forsyth, the Library Media Specialist at North Syracuse Junior High recently invited NSCSD Staff to come to the school’s library to check out the project. She said, “When students and staff come together, truly amazing things happen.  One of those things is Mrs. Bellucci's Project Runway project that came out of a Fashion class assignment.  These students have created stunning wedding gowns out of toilet paper!  Please check out the students’ hard work and talent and then VOTE for your favorites.”   
More information and a link to vote can be found on the Project Runway webpage.