Sigma Gamma Rho Sorrity, Inc.’s Alpha Eta chapter of Wayne State will host its first fashion show, the Rhoyal Winter Runway, on January 27th.
Chapter President Mataira Willis said the idea for the show came from herself and Chapter Vice President India Pleasant.
“[We]were thinking of another event that could be held after the 100th anniversary gala, and the idea of a big fashion show came up. , models and companies,” Willis said.
According to Pleasant, much of the modeling and clothing design vision came from the idea of putting the WSU students in the spotlight.
“We will bring excitement to our students and the Detroit community by putting on this fashion show, showcasing Detroit designers, and showcasing models not only from Wayne State University, but from the entire community. We want to capture the beauty of being a location school,” said Pleasant.
The sorority recently held open model auditions for the runway show on January 13th and 14th after making a call via Instagram on January 9th.
Modeling coach Jotta Ziegler Jessie said she was responsible for helping models get ready for the stage.
“I am in charge of coaching models, helping them to hit the runway with confidence, and pointing them in the right direction, especially if they are new to it. The advice is that you don’t have to worry about other people.When you’re on that runway, it’s your runway,” Jesse said.
Jessie said fashion shows are a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for many people.
“One of the things I love about this show is that it’s not so harsh and gives people time to make mistakes and correct them. has a lot of energy in practice.I value being different,” said Jessie.
In addition to modeling, the runway show will also feature special works by Detroit artist Neisha Neshae and DJ Ice, founder of Young Minds in Transition School Tour, whose mission is to empower young people in the Detroit area through media arts performances. There will also be guest performances.
Vendors to watch include a Greek apparel vendor, a cupcake vendor and a beauty vendor, Pleasant said, with more details to be announced soon.
The event will be hosted by Myles Hardy, professionally known as “Myles XDope”.
Willis said she hopes the show will help bring the campus community together.
“We hope this event will connect the Wayne State community with the great businesses and brands that Detroit has to offer. I hope you can learn about the business we offer and have some time to relax as the new year and semester begin,” she said.
Royal’s Winter Runway Fashion Show kicks off January 27th at 7:22pm in the Student Center Ballroom. Interested students can contact Alpha Eta via Instagram.
Admission is free for WSU students with a OneCard and proof of registration. General admission tickets for guests are $10 and tickets for sorority members are $7.
Madeline Beck is the arts and entertainment editor for The South End. Her contact is email@example.com.
Cover photo courtesy of Mataira Willis.