Fashion show promotes creativity, diversity with style

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]On Friday, April 4, the University Actitivities Board put on its annual fashion show. The section of UAB in charge of this event was the multicultural committee, with Jaelaun Moses as the chair of the board.

Additionally, it was directed by DeBreea Dunston, Farrah Cornick, Mariah Fossett, and Jaslyn Hodge. The theme was “Chaotic Couture,” and it took place in Gemmell Multi-Purpose Room at 8 p.m.
Auditions for the show took place in October, and since then, there have been more than 50 practices, three practices a week, in preparation.
Before the show began, Moses, a senior communication major, said the main difference from last year was that this year was a lot more scripted and featured more drama. She also revealed that all of the models in the show got to pick their own outfits based on the scenes of the show. “After the scenes and outfits were picked, we then got to pick what we wanted the theme to be,“ Moses said.
Moses said the best part about organizing the fashion show was getting to meet new people and help them break out of their shells. The most difficult part for her was working with so many personalities and picking out the overall theme.
The “Chaotic Couture” show was hosted by two former Clarion students, Shawn James Jr. and Andrea Barnes. At the beginning of the show, they came out on the makeshift runway to greet the audience of students, community members and families. After James and Barnes gave introductions, the show began with the models, all 25 of them, coming out on stage to the song “Drunk in Love” by Beyonce. All the models wore white for the opening scene.
During all of the breaks between scenes, James and Barnes announced the winners of the CU Fashion Week competition. Winners included Nika Hines and Toyaii Rutherford for Tuesday’s “Floral Frenzy.” Finalie Reid was the winner for Wednesday’s Dress for Success. There were no winners for Monday or Thursday. Winners were picked by the multicultural committee based off creativity. Winners were called on stage and were directed to walk down the runway, as if they were models in the show.
Other scenes from the show included “Sofiya Mozely,” which featured leather and fishnet material, “Tailor Made,” where only the male models dressed in suits, ties and suspenders and made their way down the runway. Other scenes were “Flawless,” “Toy Chest,” “Swank Couture,” “Royal” and “Beauty and the Beast.”
Courtney Call, a freshman speech pathology major, attended the fashion show with her friends. “It looked cool from the posters,” Call said. Her favorite scene was “Toy Chest” because of the performance and outfits involved.
Also in attendance was James Ban, a sophomore astrophysics major. Ban is a member of UAB, and thinks that the fashion show “helps get UAB’s name out there and spreads creativity and diversity.”
One of the models in the show was Ari Fulcher, a sophomore communication broadcast major. She was shadowing Moses for the multicultural chair for next year when she decided to actually participate in the show. Her favorite part of participating was the adrenaline rush from being backstage. She also said that her favorite scene was the opening.
Brian Hoover, adviser to UAB, says that the reason the fashion show is important for UAB is because of “the energy you feel from the crowd, especially during the opening. That’s what tells me that we have to keep doing this year after year.”
After the show concluded, Moses said that she was pleased with the turnout. Her favorite scenes to showcase were the opening, “Toy Chest,” and “Beauty and the Beast.”
Bi-weekly meetings for the multicultural committee are held on Thursdays in Gemmell 279. For more information on the fashion show, the multicultural committee or UAB in general, email uab@clarion.edu.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_facebook type=”standard”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_tweetmeme type=”horizontal”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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