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ROP fashion show set for Saturday at Sierra
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Maricela Cabrera of the Regional Occupational Program’s Fashion Merchandising class at Sierra High helps model Lily Gonzales with her wardrobe from Express-Modesto for “The Premiere Runway Show” on Saturday. - photo by VINCE REMBULAT
Students of Manteca Unified’s Regional Occupational Program will have a chance to showcase the latest fashion trends on Saturday.

It’s all part of “The Premiere Runway Show” benefiting the Fashion Merchandising students for their annual trip to Los Angeles.

The event will help defray costs for their tour to the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising campus and the Debut Fashion Show 2011.

In order to get there, students from Angie Anaya’s classes – included are Sierra, East Union, Lathrop High and Manteca High – have been involved in the runway show that will be held in the big gym at Sierra High, 1700 Thomas St., Manteca.

Doors open at 6 p.m. with a social / entertainment hour, with the show scheduled to begin at 7 o’clock. Cost is $5.

The Fashion Merchandising students will each have a job to do. Katie Clemons, will serve as a greeter. Christina Rodriguez will handle the clothes / dress exchanges while Maricela Cabrera will serve as a stylist.

All three are seniors at Manteca High.

“We held a casting call for models,” said Cabrera.

The result of that were 80 models including Scott Holland and Lily Gonzales.

“I’m not used to formal wear,” said Holland, who will have chance to showcase a tuxedo provided by Formal Connection.

Gonzales, who is a Sierra High senior, tried on a couple of outfits from the Express at Modesto’s Vintage Faire Mall on Wednesday.

They’ll also showcase the new spring trends from local businesses, including TJ Maxx and Rue 21.

“We’ll even have segments (to display) designs by our students,” Anaya added.

Entertainment will consist of the Tahitian dancers from the Sierra High API Club, the Omega Vanity dancers, and a performance by 2010 Sierra Idol winner Laney Ribota.

Students from the Culinary Arts class will provide the desserts and beverages while the Careers in Law Enforcement students will handle the security for the event.

“(Our) students have been working extremely hard on the production for the past three months,” Anaya said. “They’ve gained employability skills through the process of planning a large event.

“They’ve coordinated every detail, from staging, lighting, music, entertainment, security, model casting, fittings, promotional materials, choreography and styling to make their show exceptional.”

In addition, the ROP Fashion Merchandising students are hoping to have enough from this event to help fund the May field trip to San Francisco, where they’ll tour the De Young Museum’s Balenciaga exhibit along with the Levi factory.

For tickets or more information on “The Premiere Runway Show,” call 209-601-6651. Limited tickets will be available at the door.