This past Friday the Newhouse 1 lobby was transformed; the stairs had become a runway. Below was an audience, filled with eager spectators. As stated in a previous post, the show, titled 9 to 5: Work, Fashion & Communications, tackled the serious issue of unemployment and the continued need for job creation.
For the opening, the show focused on shuttered Syracuse factories by featuring models who held up signs with the names of each as well as how many were laid off. The sound of drums beating and the voice of the emcee, who read each sign, filled the air.
The show then switched gears, celebrating women who not only juggle work and family, but also find time to leave lasting impacts on students in between all of that—Newhouse moms. Eight Newhouse staff members, accompanied by their children, strut their stuff on the runway garbed in professional business attire from their own wardrobe and jackets provided my the Thrifty Shopper.
The show’s next segment showed that having an up to date wardrobe didn’t have to break the bank. Models sashayed down the runway boasting looks for under $40 from local Thrifty Shopper locations. They were all styled by Fashion Communications Milestone Students. The following portion of the show featured spring looks styled and worn by members of Fashion’s Conscience, a fashion-based student organization on campus who mission is to create dialogue between the fashion industry, Syracuse community and those underrepresented within the industry. After this, the SU Women’s Field Hockey glided down runway, modeling looks provided by The Limited.
The last portion of the show showcased original designs from Fashion Design students at S.U. Students were given the task to design winter coats, dresses and separates. Their professors asked them to take inspiration from the Edwardian era by creating designs deemed the New Vintage. Within this portion of the show onlookers got to see the hard work that these students put into their garments. There were a number of looks that could easy mesh well with looks on the major runways in New York and London. With seamless fits and exceptional styling the Fashion Design students really made a splash on the runway.