October 15, 2021 News

SCCSD Students to be featured at first “Sound & Style Fashion Ball”

SCCSD Fashion Students SC Journal
Chloe (10th grade, East High) and Grace (11th grade, North High) spend time at the Sioux City Conservatory of Music ahead of fashion show

Decked out in a leopard-spotted top, alligator-green sleeves and coral pants, Tolliver Shearn knows a thing or two when it comes to “werking it” on a fashion runway.

“You’re always thinking about your next move,” he says with a smile. “You also spend a lot of time looking at yourself in the bedroom, perfecting the perfect pose.”

That’s because Shearn isn’t a professional Zoolander. Instead, he is a Western Iowa Tech Community College student who will be modeling creative couture at the Sound & Style Fashion Show, Saturday, at the Warrior Hotel, 525 Sixth St.

A fundraiser for the Sioux City Conservatory of Music, it will begin with a pre-symphony matinee from 4 to 6 p.m. A second set fashion show, emceed by the Weekender’s Earl Horlyk, will take place from 7 to 9 p.m., and will end with a DJ Dance Party, starting at 9 p.m.

So, what does fashion have to do with music? According to Conservatory of Music cofounder Gia Emory, there has always been a connection between musicians and designers.

“When you think of David Bowie and Prince, their look is as important as their sound,” she explains.

For many years, Emory was a West Coast stylist for such fashionable females as Britney Spears and Priscilla Presley.

Grace Emory is just as stylish as her mom. Indeed, the North High School 11th grader is considering a career as a fashion designer.

“You don’t have to spend a lot of money to look good,” she says. “You can take old clothing, make a few alterations and turn in into something really eye-catching.”

Displaying an example of her “upcycle” style, Grace Emory was wearing an old cardigan sweater, a vintage concert T-shirt, wraparound skirt and leggings.

East High School 10th-grader Chloie Roupe was boasting a similar look with a cardigan, animal print leggings and flowy dress.

“My style is a bit retro and a bit futuristic at the same time,” Roupe, who cites both singer Lady Gaga and designer Betsey Johnson as style icons, explains.

Like Grace Emory, Roupe is an aspiring fashion designer who will be showing off fashion during the Sound & Style show.

“My grandmother taught me how to sew,” Roupe says. “I’ve been experimenting with fabrics ever since.

In addition to Roupe and Grace Emory, clothing designed by Rachel Anne Rainwater, of Los Angeles, and Sean Bolte, of Minneapolis, will also be shown on the runway. So will Paul Chelstad, a Sioux City-based artist, who’ll be exhibiting some of his graffiti-inspired fashions.

Read the full article by The Sioux City Journal’s Earl Horlyk here.