HCC Black Student Union club hopes fashion show becomes annual event

March 04, 2011|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD |
  • Nadira Dowtin, left, and Simone Brown model outfits Friday night at Hagerstown Community College Black Student Union club's spring fashion show.
By Ric Dugan, Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — About 100 people turned out Friday night for a spring fashion show that the resurgent Hagerstown Community College Black Student Union club hopes will become an annual event.

More than a dozen high school and college-age models donned sportswear, business chic, urban and evening wear for the show, club adviser Monica Hutchins said.

"The support is phenomenal, especially from the stores at Hagerstown Premium Outlets," Hutchins said before models took to the stage in the Classroom Building Auditorium on campus.

The fashion show's sponsors included Reebok, Jones New York, Rue21, Haggar Clothing, Wilsons Leather, Banana Republic, Gandolfo's New York Deli, Stix & Phrases, Kasper, Ecko, Dress Barn and JCPenney.

Student union member Nick Anderson, who was in charge of keeping three male models dressed, said event participants practiced several days leading up to Friday's show.

Anderson said his sister made him watch RuPaul on TV as a tutorial in fashion-show modeling.

Sixteen-year-old Jaiana Francis, who walked on stage wearing a bright floral pattern evening gown from JCPenney, said modeling gives her an opportunity to express herself and meet a lot of new people.

The North Hagerstown High student said it was her first college show.

BSU Vice President Vikki Darby said the fashion show, which included vocal and dance performances, was the culmination of work that began in November.

The show was the first major event for the BSU, Darby said.

Recognized as a student club more than 10 years ago, BSU's return to campus has been spearheaded by Hutchins, who hopes the event raises awareness in the community of the group's presence.

Open to all students, the BSU was established to promote activities of common interest as cultural and educational benefits for the student body.

There are currently more than 20 BSU members, said Hutchins, who was applauded for her leadership on campus.

"It is a great recruitment tool to get students, not only to come to the college, but to join BSU," Hutchins said.  

Money raised from the show will benefit a nonprofit organization and the Step Team, Darby said.

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