Nearly 200 guests gathered at the Newport Art Museum on the evening of Thursday, March 24th in the name of fashion and philanthropy. “A Night to Remember,” a fashion show featuring local students, coaches, and alumni from Rogers High School in Newport as well as members of the Newport School Committee, Mayor Jeanne-Marie Napolitano, and other “local celebrities” raised funds to defray ticket costs for the Rogers High School senior prom.
“A Night to Remember” kicked off with a whimsical collection of dresses by lauded Providence-based fashion designer Maria del Carmen Mercado followed by looks styled by local Newport shops and boutiques. A collection of “decked out denim;” jeans artistically designed, embellished, and worn by Rogers High School students, was also a hit with the standing-room-only crowd as were the duct-tape dresses created by Rogers High School alumna Hayley Pires. The designer then finished the show by auctioning off a dress to be custom-made for one lucky bidder. Hair and makeup for the show was supported by local salons and students in the cosmetology program at the Newport Area Career & Technical Center (NACTC).
Throughout the evening, guests were treated to savory hors d’oeuvres as well as beer and wine provided by event co-sponsor Blackstone Catering. The cooking and serving effort was supported by a culinary team from NACTC.
“The evening truly exemplified a community coming together for a good cause,” said Carter. “We’re already discussing plans to improve and grow the event for next year.” Applications are currently being accepted for next year’s community event at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fashion in RI
Newport Student Fashion Show 2016
By Jennifer Carter
Photography by Richard Hudson