New Bloomfield senior to compete in fashion show

Welschmeyer wore a modified version of her dress when she served in the Homecoming court this fall. Welschmeyer will attend Missouri State University next year, where she will major in fashion design.

Welschmeyer wore a modified version of her dress when she served in the Homecoming court this fall. Welschmeyer will attend Missouri State University next year, where she will major in fashion design.

Prom traditionally is one of the highlights of the senior year of high school.

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New Bloomfield High School senior Mckinzie Welschmeyer entered this dress she made for one of her art classes into a prom fashion design contest at Stephens College. Welschmeyer’s creation — made with duct tape and trash bags — earned her a spot as one of five finalists. The winner will be announced during a fashion show in Columbia Saturday afternoon.

One New Bloomfield senior is hoping her fashion design skills will help her win a dream prom this weekend.

Mckinzie Welschmeyer is one of five finalists in Stephens College’s [project] PROM Fashion Show competition. The winner is to be announced during a prom fashion show at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday at the Stephens College Warehouse Theatre, 100 Willis Ave.

The show is produced by Stephens fashion students as part of a 2012 Fashion Creative Express Project competition. Junior and senior high school students throughout the state were asked to design their fantasy prom and submit an essay, a mood board and an original dress design or artwork.

The contest was a perfect fit for Welschmeyer, who said she plans to make her career in fashion design. She said her art teacher told her about [project] PROM and suggested she submit the dress she made for her final project last year.

“She wanted something 3D, and I had been wanting to make a duct tape dress for a while — it seemed like the perfect time to do it,” Welschmeyer said. “I wanted something flowy for the skirt of the dress, so I tried to think of a common household item I could use, and I thought of black trash bags.”

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