Walk into the fashion merchandising class at Rosemont Middle School in La Crescenta and you might find yourself face to face with the next Anna Wintour or Alexander Wang.
Students are poring over design textbooks, fashion magazines, how-to videos and historical references as they get to work on their most recent project — designing a one-shouldered top that they will fashion out of a worn T-shirt.
Some have opted for a soft, feminine approach with lots of ribbons and lace. Others have gone for a modern, edgy look complete with slashes and knotted fabric. Everyone is interested in their classmates' work, stopping frequently to peer over shoulders and offer encouragement.
"I love that you can be creative, and no one can judge you by what your personal style is," said Morgan Macgowan, 13.
This is the fourth semester that Rosemont Middle School has offered the fashion class, said teacher Janna Kasmanian. But it is the first time it is being offered as a year-long course that will culminate in the spring with a fully produced fashion show featuring student work.