Say goodbye to uniforms, hello to style


Holy Name of Mary School held a fashion show on April 12. The auditorium was transformed to look just like a real world runway one might see in Milan or Paris.

Coordinating the event were Vanessa Sinclair and Sharmaine Butler, with assistance from other parents Judith Souva, Carolyne Battle, Marie Tam and photographer April Carey. They made deals with vendors and a staging company to make the evening special.

Staff members went to local stores such as Claudia Meyers Boutique and Klutch Boutique to find fabulous outfits for the evening for the student models. Dalsiner Floral and Event from Valley Stream, at no cost, decorated the auditorium creating a real-life runway. CK Creations from Rockaway Avenue supplied balloons for no charge.

“The student models from all grades were able to dress in clothing that was nothing short of remarkable,” said Principal Richard McMahon. “As the staff and students made their way down the runway, the audience was treated to great fun and some glittering outfits.”

McMahon said that he hopes the event will create future partnerships between the school and local businesses. “The music, lighting and staging really made all of the guests and participants feel like they were in a real fashion show,” he said.

The loudest cheers were for Sister Irene who wore a black and white sleeveless romper and, McMahon said, her style made it seem like she was not a teacher for the past 43 years. “She seemed quite at home on the runway and might have a second career as a model after she finally hangs up her teaching career,” he said, “but we do not want that to happen for many, many more years.”

DJ Cliff supplied the show tunes. McMahon said he hopes the fashion show becomes an annual event at Holy Name.