The Northerner | POSE: The Fashion Show showcases the power of fashion as a reflection of identity

On Saturday, April 2, the College student Union ballroom was imbued with self confidence and cheer as the African Pupil Union hosted POSE: The Vogue Demonstrate, celebrating African lifestyle, style and nearby designers. 

The evening commenced with cocktail hour, with attendees sampling conventional African food stuff and consume as the designs prepared to stroll the phase. 

The environment was a person that cherished origin and custom as perfectly as self-expression. Vibrant shades and ornate designs were being donned by lots of of the attendees, a staple of African trend. Learners in attendance had been dressed to impress, carrying their most modern attire to honor the occasion. 

For every single designer, models trotted the phase a single by just one, showcasing their do the job as new music played and the group applauded in support.

The exhibit featured the a variety of is effective of local manner designers and vendors– Colourfro, Royal Put on, Lifestyle Couture and Priceless Bravery – that motivate cultural pride and self-self esteem as a result of their types. 

“I just like trend and building persons feel great,” explained NKU scholar and Royal Use designer Ngozi Usani. 

Usani is effective with her father to have her outfits manufactured internationally, developing the clothing regionally and sending the designs to Nigeria to be created, then consigned to the U.S.

For the designers showcased in the clearly show, the occasion was an chance to share their culturally significant work. 

“We want to share the like of Africa with manner and accessories and fundamentally give a different watch of what the environment and most people else has,” mentioned Augustine Osei, co-founder and CEO of Colourfro. 

In amongst just about every designer’s set ended up various performances by users of the African Scholar Union, as properly as a flagshow that enshrined the flags of local community member’s origins when they reveled throughout the stage. 

African University student Union president Eunice Yankson delivered a highly effective spoken rendition of an initial poem titled “Manifest Destiny,” contacting for solidarity and resistance to unjust exploitation imposed on Africa’s men and women and assets. 

NKU student Tayshawn Elliot done a outstanding rendition of the tune “Stand Up,” at first by Cynthia Erivo. 

Last of all, the ASU Dance Group performed a group choreograph to conclude the performances.

The night’s festivities shined a highlight on African tradition that is flourishing in our varied communities.

“We really do not get to see or have the opportunity to purchase African folk stuff like that. It’s not straightforward to stroll into Macy’s or any other shop and get African outfits,” Meshaki Mushangwe. 

To close the evening Yankson gathered with the event’s government board on phase to emphasize the worth and privilege of participating with campus-everyday living. Immediately after remaining barred from arranging situations the previous two a long time since of the COVID-19 pandemic, Yankson explained developing an function to get people today engaged and aware of their existence on campus was overdue. 

“NKU student engagements really do not exist without having learners engaging,” Yankon stated. “This is us. All of it.”

POSE: The Trend Present was a showcase of not only community and standard African fashion, but also of the astounding expertise and concerted hard work that tied the occasion together.