Two dollars can usually get students a couple cheap gas station tacos; but Saturday, it bought an incredible number of fashion styles in just one hour.
Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Fashion Association presented six styles of fashion Saturday, using more than 30 students as models for various hand-selected outfits.
The evening opened with a “Black and White” theme wherein models strutted along the runway clad in – you guessed it – black and white skirts, blouses, dresses and anything that matched the theme. Models in this set of outfits set a positive mood for the night – broad smiles and playful gestures wholly engaged the audience.
This collection was followed up by “Boho Chic,” a fun collection of ’60s-style jumpers, tanks and baggy pants in earth tones and flowers.
Freshman Brianna Lotz (human development and environmental studies) offered some input as to how she got her inspiration.
“It was some clothing I had and liked,” Lotz said. “And I wanted to put it together for the show.”
Lotz modeled in this set, as well as another set she helped organize: the fourth group titled “Red Carpet.”
Red Carpet was probably the least lustrous of the six sets.
Certainly, the dresses and semi-formal attire was attention-grabbing in its own right, but it didn’t quite belong on the runway under this moniker.
Most of the clothing here was less “star-studded premiere” and more “prom.”
Another freshman, Emily Kelly (Eberly College of Business) spoke about her outfits in the Red Carpet.
“I wore a purple dress with a [single shoulder strap],” Kelly said. “Then [I] rushed to change into an orange piece.”
Sets dubbed “Urban Chic” and “Decades” closed the night.
Urban Chic ended up being mostly metro-grunge clothing, with denim jackets and bleach-spotted skinny jeans adorning the models.
The pieces were certainly urban, but the distinction between chic and passe was somewhat questionable.
Decades featured at least one outfit from every major era in the last 80 years, and it was clear the models enjoyed their individual catwalks through the crowd.
Beyond arranging six sets, there was clearly a lot of work put into the entirety of the show.
Certain models had to change multiple times for a single set, and multiple dress rehearsals occurred only hours before the show.
“We’ve been preparing this all for months,” vice president of the association Danielle Boyer (junior, human development and environmental studies) said. “First, all the stylists had to choose their sets, then we figured out what order everyone would be in.”