When Sycamore High School's Fashion for the Cure gets underway on February 23, the littlest runway models are sure to steal the hearts and the show.
Young and courageous cancer patients walk the catwalk for the annual fashion show benefitting the Dragonfly Foundation. The children, known as Dragonflies, who range in age from toddlers to teenagers, also have a say in what they wear.
They pick what patterns, design, color and artwork they want to be on their shirt or dress. Then, Sycamore fashion design students bring their creative ideas to life.
“The look on their face when we accommodate their fun and crazy ideas is my favorite part!" said senior design student Destinee Ramsey. "One time, a young boy asked for a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle design and we made that happen." This year my design was very simple, a purple glitter dress with a sparkly dragonfly”
Ramsey said her Dragonfly child asked for a purple glitter dress with a sparkly dragonfly on it.
The students take measurements of the children and gather the materials needed at a local fabric store. The kids won't see their finished outfits until show time.
“Helping out a child is the best feeling and is honestly why I continue to do what I do,” said Sydney Bahr, senior design student. “Over the past four years, I have met a lot of the kids and they're like superheroes. I admire them so much and they make me want to work harder."
Last year, Fashion for the Cure raised more than $22,000 for the Dragonfly Foundation. Their goal is to raise $30,000 this year.
The event also includes raffle baskets and a silent auction. The fashion show also features local retailers, and student, teacher, and administrator models.
Doors open at 6:30 pm. Fashion Show begins at 7:30 pm.