Throughout State College, there are plenty of places for students and residents to keep up with the latest fashion trends and flops. This is especially true for the Fashion Show held almost every semester by the Penn State University Fashion Society.
According to the fashion association’s board of directors, the organization will participate in two fashion shows this semester.
First, the club will partner with the Palmer Museum of Art and the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity to present the Art After Hours: Radical Love Gala fashion show on February 23 from 5-8pm. The club provides models and designers. for the show.
For this event, Palmer chooses a theme and members of the Fashion Society create outfits to complement it. According to Oshika Mishra, the stylist helps the models choose items from their closets to create their outfits for the show.
“It’s not about spending money,” said Mishra, Senior Data Science. “Models can even borrow from other models’ closets. Everyone is really good at sharing.”
Palmer attendees will also be given the opportunity to pose in a photobooth.
Fashion Society president Sage Coogler joined the club during his freshman year and has participated in two fashion shows since.
“I’m really excited about collaborating with Palmer. They’re a really fun group to work with,” said Kugler (Advanced Arts Education and Psychology). “There are also lots of art projects and snacks.”
According to Mishra, the fashion association has many committees, each working on a specific aspect of the show, including makeup and hair, stylists, models, set design, photography, advertising, event runners and food sponsorship. increase.
The fashion show following the Radical Love Gala is an independent, entirely student-run show. The Fashion Society chooses its own themes for these shows. The theme for April 23rd will be chrome.
According to Mishra, set design will begin about two to three weeks before the show. The process involves finding resources, coming up with lighting, and decorating the venue up until the night before the event.
According to a slideshow at the club’s Jan. 17 meeting, the final theme the Fashion Society went for the show was “very peri,” which revolved around including the color purple.
“It was purple light and everything was purple,” Mishra said.
In past shows, models doubled as stylists and wore their own designs as they walked the runway.
“Many of our members also have Etsy accounts.
In 2022, the show was held at 3 Dots Downtown and the student pop-up shop had its own brand.
Day, a sophomore in astrophysics, said attendees can expect that again this year.
“Ann [alumnus] I even brought it to my thrift shop,” Mishra said. “Whether it’s modeling, decorating, or selling your own designs, it’s really cool to see different people coming together to get creative.”
Mishra said at last year’s fashion show that it was her first time on stage as a model.
“It was scary to walk at first, but once you’re outside, it’s a lot of fun,” Mishra said. “Overall, it’s been a great experience and rewarding.”
Other members of the fashion association said they were looking forward to the show as an opportunity to showcase their own style and see more of the other members’ styles.
Taylor Dublin said Fashion Society was “an excuse to dress up” and that she was “looking for it all along.”
“I love fashion and I don’t see many people on campus who care about it, so I wanted a space on campus where I could talk to other people about fashion,” said Dublin, biobehavioral health. . “I enjoy it.”
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