As the only girls' school based on Quaker values in the United States, Lincoln honors the value of each individual while centering the Quaker values of Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community, Equality, and Stewardship (SPICES).
Founded in 2009, STYLEWEEK Northeast (SWNE) is New England’s premier fashion week held in downtown Providence. Founded by Rosanna Ortiz and inspired by fashion capitals of the world, STYLEWEEK is a professional production that includes fashion runway shows and focuses on the business of fashion and promoting art and design. SWNE is one of the only regional fashion weeks that have been visited by the CFDA (Councils of Fashion Designers of America) from NYC.
Lincoln School began its involvement with STYLEWEEK in 2017 and currently remains the only independent high school invited to the SEED Student Design Challenge program, an initiative dedicated to advancing emerging student designers. As a program that is offered through our STEAMx Lab, STYLEWEEK allows Lincoln School students to learn the engineering process through the art of fashion construction and provides the opportunity for students to embark on a STEAM semester project through creating their own fashion.
Going Beyond Design & Fashion
This program goes beyond design and fashion—students construct something that needs to function and move, which involves physics, construction, balance, cantilevering, etc. To create their garments, students start with drawings, materials, and inspirational images and then move on to bringing their vision to life on mannequins, themselves, or their friends. Mid-term is an important milestone, when a formal critique is conducted that leads to additional tweaks, meeting of models, and finally, fittings (on location at Lincoln School). The culmination ends with students seeing their garments on the runway at the first night opening of STYLEWEEK.
In addition to STEAM applications, students receive real-life and hands-on experience in constructive criticism from someone who is not their teacher, and how to present something not to just a class, but to a professional who is an expert. With the support of their peers, their instructor, and their models, Lincoln School students have the opportunity to bring engineering to life through the artistic process.
STYLEWEEK combines research, writing, engineering, and public speaking, which culminates in a celebratory showcase. The program supports taking risks and exposing yourself to new and challenging experiences.
- Anita Thompson, Visual Arts Chair