Teamwork makes the dream work

Rockwell Hall is home to the Fashion School, and also houses the fashion museum.

Rockwell Hall is home to the Fashion School, and also houses the fashion museum.

The Minority Fashion Group, Modista, had its annual fashion show on Dec. 6 in the Kent Student

Center, and the theme was Musée Du Modista. Tickets sold for five dollars for Modista members and seven dollars for non-members. The show featured student-made designs as well as local vendor: Figleaf and Tuneheads.

Vice President of Modista, Jowan Cole, visited London and Paris in January and was so inspired by the art he saw in the museums, that he came up with the theme, Musée Du Modista, for Modista’s 6th annual Fashion Show.

Model, Sierra Terry, acts as a mannequin during the dress rehearsal intermission on Dec. 6.

Model, Sierra Terry, acts as a mannequin during the dress rehearsal intermission on Dec. 6.

“I went to the Louvre and the Tate Modern and all I kept thinking was, ‘this is so awesome!’ There are so many modern contemporary designers that want a different take on fashion and fashion shows. A lot of them like to do a presentation style, as opposed to a catwalk and normal runway, and I thought it would be good for Modista to put a spin on that and have an interactive show,” Cole said.

Student makeup artists volunteer their time to help get the models ready for the show.

Student makeup artists volunteer their time to help get the models ready for the show.

During the intermission, seven models stood still on the runway to portray mannequins. Audience members were able to go up to the models to get a better look at the designs and some even took pictures with the model mannequins.

Musée Du Modista’s soundtrack featured a number of different musical artists from Beyoncé to Idina Menzel’s ever popular song, “Let it Go,” from the Disney movie, Frozen. Music is a huge part of fashion shows and can make or break a show. Cole takes into consideration the time period of the clothing and the theme of the show when choosing the music for a show.

Membership Coordinator Victor Garcia, said from the time Cole came up with the theme, it took about three months to plan Musée Du Modista. Both Garcia and Cole say the key to pulling off a show of this magnitude is teamwork.

Posted on the wall backstage, is the order of the show.

Posted on the wall backstage, is the order of the show.

“Teamwork, we could not do it [the fashion show] without the cooperation of everyone,” Cole said.

Teamwork is a necessity for all things Modista. The goals of Modista include unifying everyone from different multicultural backgrounds inside and outside of the Fashion School. Modista wants to include anyone and everyone who has the passion for fashion.

“You need to have heart and passion, because without it, it would not work,” Cole said.

Another Modista goal is to be very welcoming and make everyone feel included. Most fashion shows have requirements for the size of their models, but that is not the case for Modista.

Freshman fashion design major, Bakhita Mukundi's cubism design  is worn by model Ebonique Miller.

Freshman fashion design major, Bakhita Mukundi’s cubism design is worn by model Ebonique Miller.

“We care more about the attitude you have, than the size of your waist. Modista does not have a height or size requirement for our models; we have tall models, short models, plus size models,” Garcia said.

Sophomore fashion merchandising major and model, Chanita Green has walked in four shows and said Modista shows are one of her favorites to walk in.

“Modista shows are always more extravagant than other shows, they always have a theme, and they go above and beyond every year which is great,” Green said.

 

 

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