Lorain fashion designer Jevon Terance in his shop on Broadway Ave. on May 16. Steve Manheim CT
LORAIN — High fashion is heading back to the high school as local designer Jevon Terance prepares for his 10th anniversary show this Friday.
“At this point, we’re just getting the finishing touches on everything,” the 31-year-old Admiral King High School alumnus said. “It’s putting in zippers and getting tops ready to be fitted with their pants, getting things in order.”
Terance said much of the show is symbolic for the journey he’s taken over the last 10 years from the hairstyles to the number of models.
“Since I started in ’07, I actually reversed those numbers, and that’s how we picked the number of models,” he said. “And each of them will be wearing some different and unique from the looks. No one’s changing, and we’re not repeating outfits.”
Terance said some of the models have been in his shows before and have later gone onto model in Los Angeles or Paris. The location of the Lorain High School gym is also symbolic — he played basketball for his alma mater, and it’s really what got him interested in design in the first place.
“The first things I ever designed were basketball shoes,” he said. “And then I started to get bored with that, and I thought to try my hand at clothes. Basically, I’m completely self-taught, and you’ll see a little piece of me in everything that I make.”
Terance kept true to that when he showed some Lorain-centric pieces at a 2015 fashion show in Paris, which he said was a nice change of pace for him, but he wants to keep his business grounded in Lorain.
“The benefit of social media is that I can sell from anywhere, so why not keep my flagship store here?” he said about his boutique at 615 Broadway. “Before, if you wanted to make a name for yourself, you had to go to New York, but that’s not the case anymore.”
Terance said he also used to do shows regularly in Cleveland, but in 2010 he wanted to bring them back to Lorain to show that beautiful things can happen in the city.
“I want to be able to show that things can grow here, and they can grow well,” he said. “I want kids to be able to see that good things can come from being in Lorain. There’s growth and history that are really going to be present in this show.”
Tickets for the show, 8 p.m. Friday at Lorain High School, are available at Terance’s boutique on Broadway or at jevonterance.com. The cost is $10 per person. VIP tickets are $20. With proper ID, Lorain High School students can purchase tickets for $5.
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