Viera High School to host fashion and interior design show


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Viera High student Erin Yarbrough is in both the interior and fashion design programs. Photo by Marc Rhodes

Hosted by the Viera High School Family, Career Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), the Tax Day Treasure Fashion and Design Show will showcase a design gallery featuring fashion, interior and digital design, two- and three-dimensional art, and a fashion show, from 6 to 9 p.m. April 15.

“It’s a way to celebrate creativity of any art or design,” said Carrie Humphrys, Interior/Fashion Design instructor at Viera High School. “The show is an opportunity for students all over Brevard County [in grades 1 through 12] to exhibit their work.”

Viera High is the only school in the district to offer fashion design and interior design. Humphrys began teaching interior design classes at Viera High nine years ago, and fashion design was added this school year. There are 142 students participating in the programs, which range from one to four years.

In addition to the designing and sewing of clothing, the fashion design program involves learning specific seam finishes, straight stitching, coordinated garment construction and historical design. Students have created business casual suits, a prom gown, a southern Belle-type gown and quilts. The program also helps students earn Adobe Illustrator certification for fashion design. 

“In core classes, there is not much room for expressing oneself, but in design, Ms. Humphrys drives us to do just that. I’ve learned not to be afraid of being unique,” said VHS senior Georgia Kennedy, one of the show’s coordinators and an interior design student. “I enjoy the freedom to release my creativity in a judgment-free place.” Georgia Kennedy is an interior design student and one of the show’s coordinators.

“I’ve learned how to take beautiful ideas and put them on paper in a realistic and artistic way,” said VHS senior Erin Yarbrough, both an interior design and fashion design student.  

Interior design students work collaboratively to creative innovative apartment designs based on family size, cultural requirements and the use of multi-purpose space and furniture. Hand and computer drafting, drawing, rendering, furniture design and apartment and historical home design are skills learned in the interior design program. Students also aim for Chief Architect software certification.  

“Six students have passed school and district to earn the right to go to the state competition in March,” Humphrys wrote. VHS senior Kristin Anthony was also selected as both the school and Brevard District CTE Presidential Scholar, Humphrys said.

Entry forms for the show are due March 29. Humphrys is actively seeking judges and business sponsors.

For more information, email humphrys.carrie@brevardschools.org


Born to sew and teach

Carrie Humphrys, right, and fashion design student Allison Toupal show off one of Toupal’s creations.At a young age, Carrie Humphrys was a natural-born seamstress and designer. 

Humphry’s mother was very active in 4H as a national clothing and fashion review participant, and Humphrys was greatly influenced by her mother’s love of fashion and design. Humphrys followed suit, as both a national 4H clothing construction participant, and a state 4H fashion review participant.

During her college years, Humphrys was a business administration student. Yet, it was at Stetson University where Humphrys’ interest in interior design was stirred. After taking a Renaissance philosophy course, and a subsequent trip to Italy, Humphrys was so inspired by the romanesque architecture that, once she received her bachelor’s degree in business, she continued her studies in interior design at the graduate level, receiving a Master of Science.  

Humphrys has always been a teacher at heart. In high school, she started teaching sewing, and offered a summer sewing camp at St. Mark’s Episcopal Academy in Cocoa. Through the years, she has also taught the craft of sewing through 4H programs and to her daughter and nieces.

Nine years ago, Humphrys was given the green light by Brevard County to begin an interior design program, and just last year, the fashion design program. Humphrys has 17 years of teaching experience and earned an Education Specialist degree in global training and development.