CHATHAM, NJ - A sign that things are starting to fall into place came near the 9 o'clock hour on Thursday night when Chatham High junior Abril Manrique turned on the lights she had sewn into her prom dress that will be modeled by Jane Workman.
Real progress is being made by the designers for "Catwalk 2020" set for 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23 at CHS.
The 16 designers competing in the PTO's eighth "Catwalk" have been working the sewing machines and tailoring the outfits to make their creations come to life since the turn of the new year. The designs follow the "Friday the 13th" theme "Camp Goes to Prom" to coincide with the Senior Fashion Show. Senior models will wear the "Crystal Lake" creations in "Catwalk 2020."
Sophomore Kelsey Chase is making a "butterfly" prom dress that will be modeled by Lizzie O'Neill. Chase talks about the design in the video below.
Junior Molly Huth is designing a dress that was inspired by her favorite painting, The Scream by Edvard Munch. Camille Winn will be the model.
Sophomore Marianna Zingone was inspired by one of her favorite songs "Control (Secretly Sorry) by JR JR. Tessa Mason is her model, who will walk as the song plays over the loud speaker.
"I'm going off this song I like that's very campy," Zingone said. "It's going to have eyes. It's all about the TV watching and controlling you. That's what the eyes are representing."
One of the lyrics from the song: "Careful of who you let control the places you will go."
Sophomore Savannah Berry is designing a two-layer black silk dress that will include a white Empire skirt. The design will be worn by model Gabby Cutlip.
Freshman Sophia Clarke scrapped her "fun animal print" idea when she saw the lips design at the fabric store. Her model is Jillian McCarthy.
"I completely changed my idea,' she said. "I've been making a lot of changes along the way. Since I'm a freshman, I was really nervous. But now that I'm doing it, I'm really glad. It's a good experience. It's something I definitely want to continue."
Junior Lilly Manning was inspired to enter the competition by her mother, Meghan, a seamstress who helps the girls with the designs. Katie Ott is her model.
"She came home and told me how fun it was to sew," Manning said. "I also wanted to explore something out of my comfort zone."
The other designers include: Junior Caroline Agnew with model Emily Middleton; junior Caity Bailey with model Jane DesMarais; junior Samantha Coviello with model Naila Ismail; sophomore Cate Eigen with model Mikayla Meyler; freshman Annie Hallahan with model Caroline Cree; freshman Mimi LeRoy with model Haley Petitt; junior Peyton McGarry with model Grace Nickerson; Celia Reddington with model Ella DuRie, and Miriam Thompson with model Laura Macri.