Shadae Simpson | Staff Writer
Photo Credit: Taylor Gravesande
Another Homecoming Fashion Show is in the books after last week’s “For the Culture” show put on by the students of Hampton University. Students, parents and staff all gathered in the Student Center Ballroom to see this annual show Oct. 22.
Although the show seemed effortlessly put together, teams worked for more than a month, enduring long practices, to ensure they put on the best possible show that they could, which means that sometimes practices ran until 2 a.m. However, all the late hours and hard work paid off, because every model presented a sharp performance and artfully presented the brands for which they were modeling.
“The show was a lot of fun!” said HU student Andrew Wilborn, a senior journalism major from Virginia. “It took a lot of hard work and practicing, but I couldn’t have asked for a better second-to-last show of my college career.”
It was clear that the directors and designers had a clear vision of how they wanted the show to turn out, and it is safe to say that their vision was brought to fruition that night. Everything was clean and precise from the opening of the show when the first model walked down the runway to the final flood. The crowd reciprocated the model’s energy which made for an even more successful event.
One of the designers, Jarett Dine, a journalism major from Queens, New York, said that it was rewarding to see models show off his clothing the way he envisioned.
The show was not only for entertainment but also for the designers’ exposure. The goal of the fashion show was to create a fun environment where Hampton students have the opportunity to either show off their best catwalk stroll or their best fashion creations. These shows give the models as well as the designers a slight look into the inner workings of the fashion industry in areas such as hair, make-up, photography and entrepreneurship.
This year’s show was split into six scenes, featuring the designers and their brands. There was even a special intermission hair show presented by Impressions of Beauty featuring hairstyles from Ariana’s Canvas. The show featured designs such as Diggs Denim, Epok, HBCU and VCO, just to name a few.
“This year’s fashion show ended up being more than what we originally planned,” said Malek “Scotty” Sease, one of this year’s directors and a senior journalism and communications major from Queens, New York.
“Being that in past years I have been a model, it was a different perspective being at the director’s standpoint.”
The Hampton Homecoming Committee did it again. Another great show has come and gone. If you missed your chance to be in the fashion show this semester, stay tuned for the spring. You won’t want to miss it.