She said designers are asked to come up with at least five “looks” unless organizers approve something different.
Becoming a part of the fashion world has always been an aspiration of Wilcox’s. However, she said her dream of attending the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City has altered just a bit.
“Fashion will always be a part of my life, but I actually want to go to Genesee Community College for two years for business, so I can kind of focus more on the business side of fashion. Then I will go somewhere else to get my bachelor’s, but I am not sure I want to stay in the fashion realm of things or if I want to go and have my own cupcake business because I have been doing a lot of that lately.”
The teen won the “New York’s Next Top Prom Designer” contest sponsored by Rainbow’s End Bridal Shop in Oneonta last year. Her design was sent to China to be produced as an actual dress. Wilcox said she got the dress about two months ago and has it stored at the school to show off and let friends try on. She said she used the cash prize to put toward a dress she wore to a semiformal.
Wilcox said she is excited for the fashion show, but also called it bittersweet.
“It has been my favorite thing about high school,” she said, “so it is going to be really weird not having it in my life anymore.”