Sarah Knieff | Staff Writer

Last month, Century’s own cosmetology students along with high school students from Minnesota showcased their designs of hair and makeup at the Timeless Beauty Hair and Makeup Show. The event was put together by SkillsUSA, chapters of Century College and Northeast Metro 916, as a team effort where all proceeds went to the SkillsUSA students in the competition.

A quote from the SkillsUSA.com website states, “SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers, and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA helps each student excel.” The partnership with Century College and high schools around the state for the fashion show was to help students get experience in the field that they want to go in; this time it was around hair, makeup, and fashion.

The theme of the event was fashion through the decades to show how beauty has changed over time as well as what has stuck around. The show was a mixture of a history lesson and catwalk, where the models wore what their designers came up with for their specific decade.

North St. Paul High School senior Hollee Towner was one of the designers for the show. She chose the fifties to showcase on her model Bailey Haider. While interviewing Towner, she explained why she chose the fifties saying, “Honestly, I thought it was going to be the easiest one to do, which turned out not to be as easy as I thought it was going to be.” However, Towner persevered through the creative struggles and came up with her design of tight curls with a big red bow headband.

Towner would like to go to Aveda Institute Minneapolis to study makeup. She can take this great skill of continuing to the finish line even when times get tough to help for college next year or the following.

SkillsUSA continues to help students be well prepared for entering the workforce, while fashion keeps on changing through time. Who knows what the new fashion trends will be in the future, maybe metallic fabric will make a comeback, or even bell bottoms? We all will just have to wait and see!

Members of the fashion show pose for a shot.
Credit: Ramon Varela