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Savannah Arts Fashion Show returns in 2023 with ‘Transformation’

Change is inevitable and growth is optional, and the students at the Savannah Arts Academy are teaching us a masterclass in growth and development during this year’s fashion show.

David Poole, who took on the role of the fashion and theater director back in February, shares that there are many first during this year’s show.

“I believe this is the first time we leave the school on the search of a runway. Our schools’ theater is going through a major transformation. It’s being remodeled to house all the latest equipment and technology and for that reason we are holding our show for the first time off the school grounds.”

The theme of the 2023 Savannah Arts Fashion Show is Tabula Rasa: Transformation. This year is the first that students have run all aspects of the production.

The theme of the 2023 Savannah Arts Fashion Show is Tabula Rasa: Transformation. This year is the first that students have run all aspects of the production.

This year’s fashion show theme is “Tabula Rasa,” which is the theory that individuals are born without built-in mental content, and therefore all knowledge comes from experience or perception. The theme allows for the students to create and be inspired by life itself. “It was a theme that was decided upon by the previous teacher before I came, and so I walked into it going, ‘Okay, what does this mean? How does this work? And what is what is this all about? And the students have a decent idea about that. And so now, how can we make this a reality?'”

“Tabula rasa means blank slate. It comes from a Greek philosophy about how we are not born with any predetermined knowledge. And so, the literal translation means a blank slate. The interpretation is really about philosophy and how we are not when we’re born, we have no predetermined knowledge. The student pieces range from these clown-like pieces, we have this whole section of goth like darker pieces. It’s interesting.”

The theme of the 2023 Savannah Arts Fashion Show is Tabula Rasa: Transformation. This year is the first that students have run all aspects of the production.

The theme of the 2023 Savannah Arts Fashion Show is Tabula Rasa: Transformation. This year is the first that students have run all aspects of the production.

In previous years designers created pieces made from used materials and repurposed them to create fashion masterpieces but Poole explained why this year’s materials have suddenly changed.

“We have students that would like to become real life fashion designers, that is never going to happen if we cannot teach them how to tailor or construct a garment. While creatively using recycled materials is fun and inspiring, in the end, they were creating sculptural like pieces and none of it could be worn outside of the show. While we keep a few upcycled pieces our goal is to create a real fashion show and instruct our students in real world and life skills that can be applied in their future. For that same reason we have, for the first time, included our students in the hair and makeup department. They are designing themselves the looks and styles for the show and even the music has been composed and produced by students. Everything is inhouse as it should be.”

The theme of the 2023 Savannah Arts Fashion Show is Tabula Rasa: Transformation. This year is the first that students have run all aspects of the production.

The theme of the 2023 Savannah Arts Fashion Show is Tabula Rasa: Transformation. This year is the first that students have run all aspects of the production.

Thegara Rucker, assistant director to this year’s fashion show and teacher at Savannah Arts Academy adds: “The kids will be able to leave the school having made real couture pieces. They are gaining and understanding the use of raw materials and how to manipulate such. They will have pieces that can be added to a portfolio for future reference and for the first time they are learning the steps in garment building and design, from how to create a pattern and how to cut it and the wonders of tailoring. They are becoming real designers and creators.”

The show is scheduled to open Thursday at 7:30 pm at the Alee Shrine Temple with another show on Friday at 7:30 and a matinee on Saturday at 2:30. For Ticket Sales: https://gofan.co/app/school/GA23141.

The Savannah Arts Fashion Show returns this week.

The Savannah Arts Fashion Show returns this week.

The Alee Shrine Temple is located at 100 Eisenberg Dr, Savannah, GA 31406

This article originally appeared on Savannah Morning News: Savannah Arts Fashion Show 2023: Tabula Rosa – Transformation

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