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