It was all about “Getting the Look” on Thursday, March 26, at the Stella K. Abraham High School for Girls. SKA’s MACS (Modesty Awareness Committee by Students) Team put together an incredible program on fashion, style, and modesty with special guest speakers from the Jewish fashion world. Proving that clothing can be in vogue and modest at the same time, the women behind @fashionisha, @mimumaxi, and @terijon demonstrated to the juniors and seniors of SKA the benefits and power of tzniut in their own lives.
Social media has made the fashion industry aware that there are large segments of the population that are interested in more modest fashion than that which is usually available. Postings on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, along with articles in fashion magazines, newspapers, and websites, have made it clear that there is a ready audience for more modest clothing. Sharon Langert of Fashion-isha.com, Mimi Hecht and Mushky Notik of MimuMaxi, and the creative director of Teri Jon shared their backgrounds and fashion histories with the students, explaining at the same time how one can be fashionable and deeply committed to halachah.
The students then split into workshops, giving them the opportunity to communicate with each guest speaker in more detail, ask questions, and even get fashion tips! Using an app, the fashion stylists coordinated clothing and accessories in the latest trends while upholding tzniusdik guidelines. Explaining their philosophy, they helped the girls see that “modesty doesn’t have to be frumpy.”
The girls are grateful to Mrs. Elizabeth Kurtz for her help arranging the speakers; Ms. Jordana Bienenfeld, SKA’s media coordinator, for producing the day’s striking videos and the marvelous student-edited first edition of MACS Magazine, Get The Look; Rabbi Yosef Zakutinsky, director of student programs, and his assistant, Mrs. Yafa Storch, for their aid and support; and Mrs. Elisheva Kaminetsky, director of religious guidance, who conceived of and organized this amazing event!