A model takes the runway, strutting, as audience members devote their full attention. (Ruth Olivares | The Poly Post)

Students strut and show off designs

Having worked on their designs for the past two quarters, student designers showcased their fashion projects on the runway.

Family members, friends and students joined in the University Stables in the celebration of creativity hosted by our own fashion society.

“It’s 2018 and anyone can model,” says Christian Ochoa, model in the fashion show and fourth-year marketing student. “It is all about embracing different figures, different heights, different ethnicities, different looks.”

A model takes the runway, strutting, as audience members devote their full attention. (Ruth Olivares | The Poly Post)

Headed toward a more progressive path, the fashion society abandoned the previous height requirement restricting people of a shorter stature from modelling.

Many different body types were represented during the show.

“I thought it was very diverse,” says Amy Hernandez, third-year math student. “All models were different and had different body types and not everyone has a modeling background.”

One designer in particular, transfer student Chante Johnson announced her clothing line was designed with diversity as the top priority.

She would like to make clothing for men, women and even babies, of all shapes, sizes and ethnicities.

Johnson’s inclusivity spawned cheer among the crowd as a baby made a surprise appearance on the runway in the arms of another model.

Models dominated the runway in royal blue, lime green, suede, camo and tasseled garments among other statement pieces.

This year’s fashion show held the theme of Hacienda and the ruggedness of the old stables emphasized the theme.

Traditional Mexican bread known as “conchas” were served, along with refreshments.

While everyone seemed to enjoy the fashion show, college students have difficulty justifying the high price of the fashion show ticket.

“It’s a little pricey,” says Nia Vergara, third-year liberal studies major.

Luckily for Vergara, she won tickets to the fashion show during a contest online, which included a plus one.

“I’d change the price of the tickets,” says Ochoa.

Twenty dollars seems a bit steep for college students, but according to fashion society members, a majority of the proceeds go toward putting the event together.

Ochoa wishes there were more sponsors for the fashion show.

“I feel that art should be free,” says Ochoa.

The students in the fashion show meticulously planned for the event since the start of the year.

“Without social media the event wouldn’t have happened,” says Jessica D’Gard, third-year apparel marketing and merchandising student.

According to D’Gard, a lot of patience and communication went into planning the event.

It has been no easy task for designers either.

Getting to display their work was both a hectic and meaningfully awaited moment.

Ochoa admires the designers as well as the models willing to put together the show. According to Ochoa, fashion is about confidence in one’s self expression.

If you have the confidence to take the stage in an outfit sure to turn heads, you can sign up to be a model at the next show.

All aspiring models must show up to a casting where they are recorded and placed on online profiles for designers to select from, states Ochoa.

You can check out the next fashion show in the spring of 2019.

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