The Fashion Society is a club on campus that is home to aspiring designers, stylists and more. The only prerequisite is an interest in fashion.

Students can meet up weekly to discuss fashion and the industry. The members are proud of the fact that their club is open to students of all majors.

“We promote inclusivity. There are other fashion clubs on campus, but those are exclusively for the AMM [apparel merchandising and marketing] department,” said Salma Jones-Pacheco, third-year apparel merchandising and marketing student and social chair of the Fashion Society. “The fashion industry already has different factions within the industry like designing, marketing or graphic design. It’s important that all areas of the school can come together so we can connect within the school and all our different majors and industries.”

The meetings are intended to bring together the members for a weekly discussion of the fashion industry.

At the Oct. 30 meeting, the members were asked to design a shirt for potential club merchandise.

A member of Fashion Society designing a T-shirt for potential club merchandise. (Christina Berberian | The Poly Post)

The club officers are going to review each design together and their favorite will be created into merchandise. The only criteria is that the shirt has to say “Fashion Society,” but everything else is free reign.

Jones-Pacheco played atmospheric music to the room as the members shared markers and other drawing utensils to create merchandise that represented the group.

The members are excited for the upcoming fashion show hosted by the club.

They are currently casting models for the ninth annual show which will be hosted in spring.

The members coordinate the show from scratch and recruit all models and designers.

“It’s a great way to for students to build their résumé and portfolio and be able to express their creativity in a way that they can’t do in a classroom,” said Kathia Nogueda, fourth-year apparel merchandising and marketing student, and president of the Fashion Society.

Everyone involved from designers to models are students.

While they gear up for the 2019 show, the members look back at the previous show, held earlier this year.

Models walked a runway set up at CPP’s Union Plaza, showcasing the talent of the student designers.

“It’s for students, by students,” said Ciara Bell, fourth-year apparel merchandising and marketing student, and vice president of Fashion Society. “Our e-board is all students, and we are in the middle of our casting call for models. There are no qualifications.”

They truly mean “no qualifications.” The poster advertising the model casting states that there are “no height requirements,” and that “all genders and sizes” are needed.

Fashion Society holds an annual fashion show featuring student designs and models. (Christina Berberian | The Poly Post)

A misconception is that a club about fashion would be mostly comprised of women, but there is an even mix of both men and women in Fashion Society.

Clad in fashion-forward clothing, the members join this club knowing that they are surrounded with peers who relate to a common interest.

For students interested in the fashion industry, this club is not only a fun place to make friends, but is also vital for their future.

“I think it’s important and beneficial to make the connections you can in this club,” said Justin Foster, first-year apparel merchandising and marketing student, and social media manager and historian of Fashion Society.

“You need to meet other people from different brands, meet tailors and other kind of people in the same field, but who have a different job you wouldn’t be able to get connected with otherwise,” Foster said. “The connections were the main thing that personally attracted me to Fashion Society.”

The Fashion Society club meets on Tuesdays at U-hour in Building 6, room 107.

You can contact the club members with any questions at fashionsocietycpp@gmail.com.

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