There is a lot of talent in the fashion industry here in Hawaii. Hawaii-born designers and industry professionals have recently been making their mark on the national stage, as well as a lot of Hawaii-inspired fashion on the runways in top fashion destinations.
To expose Hawaii's middle school students to all the opportunities available to them here in state, HONOLULU Fashion Week is partnering with the Lieutenant Governor's office for 'Reach the Runway', a program that will create mentorship opportunities for O'ahu middle school students interested in pursuing a career in the fashion industry. The goal of the program is to provide students with a broader understanding of careers in the local fashion industry while equipping them with tools to start building their own paths in this field.
Local designers as well as editors, journalists, magazine designers and stylists, top fashion photographers, modeling coaches, and hair and makeup artists will all participate and act as mentors to interested students.
Students must be currently enrolled in the 6th, 7th, or 8th grade as of April 1. The deadline for applications is June 30, 2015. Interested students will need to submit a 300-word essay describing what Hawai'i fashion means to them and select one of seven areas of interest including journalism, photography, fashion design, magazine design, hair and makeup, styling, and modeling.
Upon completion of the mentorships, at least one piece of work from each student will be put on display at the 2nd annual HONOLULU Fashion Week Nov. 20-22, 2015. One student from each area of interest will win an ultimate HONOLULU Fashion Week experience, while will include fashion show passes, hotel stays in Waikiki, transportation to HONOLULU Fashion Week and more.
For more information, rules, or to apply, click here.