Fashion group celebrates women, diversity and style in fashion show

Yelena Tischenko

Bright cocktail dresses, long form-fitting gowns and multicolor sequins lit up the runway at the second annual MODISTA: Minority Fashion Group show Thursday night.

This year’s “Tres Chic” show celebrated MODISTA’s third year on campus and the various talents of student designers. For the show, MODISTA collaborated with the Women’s Center and D’Angelo McCornell. McCornell, of the D’Angelo Show, emceed the show and added humor between designers’ presentations.

“We celebrated stylish women throughout history and diversity along with style,” said Katya Philmore, creative director and president of MODISTA. “I wanted the show to be broad and open so there would be a lot of people showcasing their work.”

Philmore said the group started working on the show at the end of last semester, and it was a huge effort for the group’s seven members.

As the bright lights began to dim and the audience grew silent, the show opened up with a bang by a string trio played by students Wael Elhalaby, Reginald Lewis and Varun Nagarajan.

After the trio performance, models started strutting out in clothing ranging from black-tie suits and prom gowns by Gown Chic to more casual, everyday monogrammed clothing by Fresh by Fortune. Models posed in the spotlight as they showed off the clothing. Designers Sade Simmons and Phantashia Hall had models walk out in bright, flirty cocktail dresses while the audience looked on in awe of the fun clothing.

MODISTA fashion group is one of the more diverse groups on campus while maintaining an open door policy with designers and models, Philmore said.

“Our group is a big melting pot of the student body,” Philmore said. “Everyone helped out to make the show a success.”

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