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.”
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