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Cultural Fashion Show to be Hosted on Campus


The Men of Color and Women of Color are hosting the Cultural Fashion Show on February 28, at 7 p.m. in the St. Francis Center. The annual event began four years ago, taking a hiatus last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Three categories will be represented in the show, the first being “dress to impress.” The guests are encouraged to dress formally for the event, with the models showing off their best-dressed looks for the audience.


“Cultural” is the second category on the docket. Because Briar Cliff has such a vast population of multicultural students, this will give them the opportunity to share what clothing styles they would be rocking in their native countries.


The final category will be known as “hometown wear.” Similar to the previous category, this will have the models represent a piece from wherever they maybe from, whether that’s a foreign country or here in the United States. It could include a sports team, a location, or even clothing made in their home town.


Those in charge of the event are Alicia Perez of Sioux City, Iowa, and Zach Buick of Sacramento, California.


“Fashion is very important to me,” Buick said, “It’s a way I can express myself and find my identity.”


Though the event is held every year during Black History Month, all cultures are welcomed and celebrated during this event. A wide array of countries will be represented in the event, with the hopes of at least 12 women and 12 men to model at the show.


“We [usually] take down some of the flags from the atrium and use them during the culture walk,” Perez said.


Refreshments will be available to all guests at the event, along with prizes that will be raffled off.


“We plan to have a red-carpet type thing with a backdrop for pictures,” Buick said. “This is why we want the guests to dress up so they can take pictures.”


Ron Watson of Men of Color will be hosting, paired with music produced by Briar Cliff’s own Lil Fro.


If you are interested in attending the event or being a model for the show, feel free to contact Alicia Perez, alicia.perez@briarcliff.edu, or Zach Buick, zach.buick@briarcliff.edu. Students are encouraged to show up at the St. Francis Center on February 28th at 7 p.m. in their snazziest outfits.


The Men of Color and Women of Color organizations posted fliers around campus to get the word out.

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