As someone who has attended countless high school fashion shows and performances, when I accepted an invitation to cover Henry W. Grady High School’s annual fashion show on behalf of The Glow Up, I prepared myself for the usual school fundraiser.
But this wasn’t a night of mall fashions draped on neophyte models. Grady’s 2018 “Une Belle Revolution” Fashion Show showcased one of the few—if not only—comprehensive high school fashion programs in the country. Everything from couture-level eveningwear to urban chic was handcrafted from scratch by 17- and 18-year-olds with technical and creative proficiency usually found in people who have spent years in the fashion industry.
“I don’t think there is another program like this in the country,” explained V. Kottavei Williams, who has led Grady’s Fashion Marketing Pathway Program for the past six years. “I’ve looked, but I couldn’t find another four-year fashion curriculum like this.”