Student designers to showcase original fashions, styles at NAACP “The Continuation”

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Student fashion designers from Sam Houston State University will showcase their original garments as the NAACP presents “The Continuation” fashion show on Thursday.

Held in the Lowman Student Center Ballroom, the show will feature seven freelance designers, including five SHSU students who will each show 10-15 looks in a variety of styles such as African prints, bathing suits, summer wear and vintage clothing.

New to this year’s show are two collections from The Woodlands including Polo Ralph Lauren and Cach?.

“This year is way more diverse than last year with the models, music and adding the dance element to the show, which I’ve never done before,” Corey Chenier, senior Mass Communication and director of the show, said.

In addition to fashion, “The Continuation” will also feature dance performances from dance graduate student Kiera Amison and a trio piece that addresses diversity and culture.”With the dances as part of the show, I just want to showcase the appreciation of the arts in many ways: through fashion, music and dance,” Chenier said. “I just want to create a complete non-judgemental atmosphere.”

For first-time student designers Norman Clark and Rachelle Sadler of “Man and Woman”, the show is an exciting chance to give back to the SHSU community.

“We specialize in reclaimed apparel and accessories,” Clark said. “We try our best to really find unique, one of a kind pieces. We go out and dig through scores of clothes to find the best stuff so that the consumer doesn’t have toà.I’m really excited for people to see what we’ve been working on.”

After debuting her fashions last year, returning designer junior Courtney Hernandez said this year’s collection, part of “Courtney’s Closet”, is focused on female empowerment.

“I do different looks for different body shapes,” Hernandez said. “In this show I have five swim suits and lots of summer wear so I hope people get the message of empowerment by seeing girls of any shape in the clothes.”

Doors for “The Continuation” will open at 7 p.m. on Thursday and it will begin at 7:30 p.m. Students can purchase a ticket for $3 or bring a canned good to enter.

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