The West Potomac Academy of Fasion Design knows how to throw an end of the year celebration. A dozen student designers and several local guest designers showcased their work Friday night at the Runway Ready show.
Hosted by West Potomac students and local celebrities, the evening was full of great clothing and an incredible variety of styles.
"They did good. They are very talented and came up with every single concept themselves," advisor and event director Maggie Francois said. "They made everything from scratch. They designed it all. Even the design level one students played a part by creating the hats and accessories."
Students Beatriz Oroztico, Bria Roberts and Maggie Robinson were responsible for the D.O.T. collection, a line of cute, stylish and easily wearable items. Each piece had its own personalized pop, and the event host Anji Corey snuck backstage to claim one of the dresses.
"It was amazing to see our collection on the runway," Robinson said. "It was nerve racking, but now I wish it would never be over."
The LiSamDi trio of Samantha Markle, Liliana Alverez and Dianna Changanaqui rocked the runway with their vibrant and fun designs. The clothing easily goes from day to night and their popping floral patterns were a hit with the crowd.
"We're really pleased with how everything went," Alverez said. "The pieces really speak for themselves."
Blooming Charm, a fun and flirty line with fresh floral patterns and soft, draping lines was designed by Wanda Hernandez, Neelam Masood and Sophie McGale. Their summer pieces are perfect for the beach, the boardwalk or a night on the town.
"It was exhilarating," Masood said. "We're really happy with the show."
The fairy tale inspired collection by Mixed Up designers Angela Robinson, Alexis Foreman and Kelsey Selikhova had the most unique student pieces of the show. Each design clearly resembled a popular fairy tale and the audience had a blast trying to guess which was which.
"More than anything we learned to work with other people," Foreman said. "It's really fun to work with all your friends."
Guest designers from My Bougie Baby, Ugglee collection, and the Cantoire collection showcased their clothing to the cheering audience, and local boutiques were invited as vendors before and after the runway show. For more information about Project Stitch Studio or to contact any of the designers, visit their website.