Foothill student places in national design competition

Junior Alyssa Chayasing's prom dress sketch is a semi-finalist in a national competition. Credit: Alyssa Chayasing.

Junior Alyssa Chayasing’s prom dress sketch is a semi-finalist in a national competition. Credit: Alyssa Chayasing.

A lot is at stake for Foothill junior Alyssa Chayasing: she could win an all all-expenses-paid trip to New York City, a $25,000 scholarship, $5,000 for Foothill, and her dream prom dress by David’s Bridal and featured in Seventeen Magazine.

Chayasing entered Seventeen’s “Sketch Your Prom Dress” competition last week, and learned Wednesday afternoon that she is one of the weekly finalists.

“When I found out, I was in shock… It’s just amazing to be a weekly finalist because I know so many girls across the country have also submitted designs,” said Chayasing, who this week was also named a columnist for The Foothill Dragon Press.

The “Sketch Your Prom Dress” competition is open to high school students between the ages of 13 and 18 in all 50 states.

For four weeks, submissions are critiqued by judges for style, originality, and commercial appeal. The judges choose the top ten designs each week, which are then posted on Facebook. The number of likes each dress receives is a factor in whether or not it will be a finalist.

Since coming to Foothill, art has been one of Alyssa’s passions.

“Alyssa was in AP art her sophomore year because that was the only period it would fit into her schedule. And she was good enough for me to let her do that,” said Alyssa’s art teacher Justin Frazier. {sidebar id=32}

Just recently, however, her interest in art crossed over into fashion and design. Chayasing learned to use a sewing machine just this past summer.

“I honestly don’t design clothes that often. I draw clothes here and there, but nothing too serious,” Chayasing said.

Despite her recent start with fashion, her sketch has received over 475 “likes” on Facebook, making her one of the more successful competitors. To support Chayasing’s hopes of becoming a finalist and “like” her dress, click here.

“Alyssa has been a ‘fashiony’ person for as long as I’ve known her. I hope she gains more confidence in her self and her artwork through this competition,” said Chayasing’s friend, junior Dana Adair.

Chayasing’s sketch is of a light blue, floor-length prom dress with a crisscross back and a hem that is shorter in the front than in the back.

“I wanted to design a dress that girls of all body types can wear. It has long straps so it’s versatile, and the gown-wearer can adjust it however she would like,” Chayasing said of her design.

Regardless of the outcome, Chayasing is glad she decided to enter the contest.

“Before, I was contemplating whether or not I should even submit my design.” she said. “But being a weekly finalist has taught me that I shouldn’t underestimate my work.”

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