This fall Matoaca High School senior Chris Quarterman was chosen to participate in the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Teen Stylin’ three-month fashion program, a competition that promotes today’s creative youth. This year the theme was “Costume Couture.” Inspired by the sculpture “St. Denis,” his costume was made of hand-painted window screen, q-tip detailing, and toilet paper flowers. His dress will be displayed at the VMFA beginning next month.
Chris won the “Best Use of Materials” award out of over 60 other designers. He will travel to New York City in the spring as a representative of the VMFA’s competition.
Chris has been involved in design since his interest in the field developed during middle school. Project Runway has inspired him along with the works of his favorite designer, Alexander McQueen.
Over the past four years Chris has designed and costumed many Matoaca theater productions. His latest theater designs were seen in the Matoaca production of the musical “Hairspray.”
He has also designed shirts for organizations such as the Marching Warriors Band. According to Chris, his teacher, Betsy Wills, has encouraged him and provided him with extra time and advice that has helped him to develop his interest and talent in fashion design.