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Edna Karr first fashion show |

NEW ORLEANS — It was lights, camera and action as students hit the runway styled in custom garments during Edna Karr’s first fashion show. Two students were awarded their own LLCs at the event to launch their brands.

The celebration kicked off last week Friday, May 3 in the school’s gymnasium. Local host Look at Warren emceed the event and local rap star Neno Calvin performed. There was also an incredible lineup of judges including Emline-James, Damage Control, FRGN, Heem Adisa, Ragz to Riches, and Sew Swift.

One teacher at the school was inspired to help her students grow their creativity through fashion and design, creating the Haus of EK.

“I believe that creatives in high school are overlooked by sports and other extracurricular activities,” said Jamari Juluke, a physical science teacher at Karr. “I knew that bringing individuals that were successful in New Orleans fashion culture to Karr would help my students.”

Jaila Lee, a 10th grader and Joey Miles, an 11th grader, constructed each piece that hit the stage. Lee’s collection featured bright and bold colors with crotched garments. “I learned how to turn a blanket into creative pieces,” she said.

Lee, 16, said she learned about patterns, fabric, cutting, and how to sew.

Miles, 16, collection featured reconstructed ties and patchwork pieces. Juggling band and preparing for the fashion show was tough, but worth it he said.

“Overall, I believe the fashion show has taught me so much on what my brand, Interstellar Love meant to myself”.

With the help of local designer Jaelan Ricard with JaeRiStudios and sewing company NOLA DDM, students learned the skills to make clothes from scratch.

Ricard said deciding to be apart of the show was an “immediate yes” when she heard about the opportunity to teach students how to make garments from scratch. “Being able to give them the guidance I wish I had at their age was truly amazing.”

At the end of the show Lee and Miles were surprised with LLCs given by Emline James.

“I loved every second of it I would definitely do it again,” Miles said.

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