Gabrielle Jauregui, junior, was one of the eight students from Southwest CTA to make it into the top 15 spots for Junior League of Las Vegas’s “Fashion Forward” event.

On Saturday, March 10, 15 juniors in the Fashion Design program participated in the fourth annual Fashion Forward event, “Fashion Forward: Prom Party Fashion Challenge,” sponsored by the Junior League of Las Vegas at Fashion Show Mall. The two-hour showcase presented the prom dresses in a runway show.

“The prom dress challenge was stressful for me because although we had six weeks to do it, it still felt like too little time.  But at the end, the finished product is worth it,” Roselie Cahatol said.

The juniors had to walk down a runway and exhibit their dresses in front of a panel of judges.

“When the backstage runway person said, ‘Go,’ I didn’t feel nervous at all. I  felt very confident and powerful,” Jennifer Gregorio said.

The judges then picked the top 15 dresses out of the 60 participants, and eight SWCTA students were among them: Emerald Tran, Jennifer Gregorio, Mikayla Marrujo, Demi Vo, Gabrielle Jauregui, Keely Gallagher, Zorana Cetic, and Chloe Labbate all made it into the Top 15.

“I felt accomplished for making it that far.  I put so much work into my dress,” Tran said.

The judges gave Jauregui the “Most Fashion Forward” award, Vo the “Most Age Appropriate,” and Gallagher placed third.

It was a definite honor to represent my school.  I was really proud of what I have accomplished and felt very humble that someone also appreciated what I had done,” Gallagher said.

In all, the juniors took three major distinctions out of five.

“We worked for so many hours, and they really put their blood, sweat, and tears into these garments. It was a very proud moment for me to see them on stage,” Ms. Cassandra Pawling, junior/senior Fashion Program leader said.