FAIRFIELD — The 9th annual Project Runway Falcon Edition on Sunday featured 71 Fairfield Ludlowe High School seniors modeling fashions for the first time — and one veteran faculty member walking the runway for the last time.

As dozens of students made their modeling debut in the fashion benefit at the school’s auditorium, Dave Schulz, Ludlowe’s athletic director, was making a curtain call as he walked across the stage. Schulz, who is retiring this year, is the only faculty member to model in all nine Project Runway shows, the school’s largest PTA fundraiser to support school programs. Annually, the event raises about $7,000.

It was also the last Project Runway experience for Corinne Gulian, the mother of three daughters — two of whom participated in their earlier senior years. This year, youngest daughter Gabrielle, 17, wore a hot pink dress from Apricot Lane in Fairfield.

“So this is (my) last time. It’s bittersweet,” said Corinne Gulian, who thinks Project Runway is a great way for seniors to relax and have a good time in what is often a stressful year.

Gillian Quinn, 17, anxiously awaited her turn to model. “My older sister did this and I got to watch her. I looked forward to being able to participate,” said Quinn, who wore a colorful pantsuit from Dress Code in Westport. Quinn, a member of the National Honor Society and the 2015 state champion volleyball team, was paired on the runway with Jack Scoville, 18, the Class of 2016 secretary, who wore an ivory Camillo tux with pink vest and tie.

The student models were able to select outfits from the 11 retailers whose fashions were modeled on the runway, including Apricot Lane, ASF Sports & Outdoors, Camillo Tuxedo, Capri, Dress Code, GAP, LOFT, Just Madras, Men’s Wearhouse, Millie Rae’s and Splash of Pink.

Jeff Dutter, 17, chose a Camillo tuxedo with a green jacket from his options of green, blue and red. “I’m a zany person. I chose green because it would stand out more. I like something that can show how unique I am and be myself,” said Dutter, captain of the Ludlowe men’s diving team.

Alex McKinnon, 18, who was captain of the school’s volleyball and basketball teams, said she was grateful to Mary Perkins, owner of Dress Code, for helping her select the navy blue-and-white dress she wore. “I like the style and the pattern. I never would have picked this out on my own,” she said.

Jake Duncan, 18, a member of Ludlowe’s cross-country and track-and-field teams - and earned All-State status for boys indoor track, wasn’t able to showcase his speed as he modeled a Gap blue cotton button-down shirt and coral-colored flat front shorts. But he joked that the accessory he wore — a leg brace after sustaining an ACL injury while skiing — “adds unique style to my summer look.”

Although seniors are the only students who model in Ludlowe’s annual fashion show, there was one freshman who strutted across the stage showing off a feathered outfit — Bridget Paulmann, 15, was dressed as the school mascot, a falcon.

Fairfield Ludlowe Headmaster Greg Hatzis served as master of ceremonies, sharing a brief bio of each student model and taking his own turn on the runway in a tux from Men’s Wearhouse.