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PRINCESS BRIDE: Kate Middleton’s wedding gown designer remains a mystery but 18-year-old Alexa Fernandez has sketched what she thinks would be the ideal dress for the future princess. Her creation won “The Royal Affair,” a design contest at the High School of Fashion Industries.
Over celebratory tea and cupcakes Wednesday morning with the other 65 contestants in the school’s library, Fernandez learned she had also won an internship at Kleinfeld Bridal. Joined by her mother Juana, the high school junior listened intently as principal Daryl Blank read aloud the letter he recently mailed to Middleton informing her of the contest. Asked how she felt about all the attention, Fernandez said, “Overwhelmed.”
The school had other reasons to celebrate this week. Andrew Tobias, the partner of the late designer Charles Nolan, has donated a reading room in his honor and is busy planning it with head librarian Judith Dahill. Earlier in the week Blank received a $20,000 check from the National Arts Club president Aldon James Jr. from proceeds for its gala honoring Ruth Finley. Earmarked for the scholarship fun in Finley’s name should go to good use at the high school where half of the student body is at or below the poverty line.