Laurel Delaney, ‘Doah Staff Writer
April 30, 2014
On Apr. 13, the Black Student Union wowed audiences again with their Built to Amaze fashion show. The fashion show premiered in the Ferrari Room and received rave reviews. A portion of the proceeds from the price of admission went to Evans Home for Children located in Winchester.
The fashion show team started planning the Built to Amaze fashion show in February, three months prior to its opening. Muslima Musawwir, sophomore acting major and fashion show coordinator, had to keep many things in mind when planning. Musawwir said, “The biggest challenge in planning this year’s fashion was try to target the interest of all S.U. students and the Winchester community. I had to often remind my team and myself to think outside of our likes or dislikes in efforts of catering to others.”
This year’s fashion really raised the bar in terms of theatrics and production value. Desiree Dabney, senior acting major and fashion show director, said, “This year’s fashion show was amazing. We had dancers, singers and actors.”
The variety in the show is clearly a benefit of the planning system that Musawwir and her team created. Musawwir said, “Last semester under the guidance of the Black Student Union, I formed a fashion show committee. We have met every Wednesday since then discussing themes, community and student organization collaborations. I allowed everyone in the committee to focus on the area that they were most interested in and from this dynamic scenes formed.”
The show had a professional make-up and hair artist, and clothes were provided by Hot Topic, Brooklyn Alexander and by donation. Models were chosen from Shenandoah University students after three days of auditions.
Aside from the charitable contribution of a portion of the proceeds, Dabney feels the annual Black Student Union fashion show serves another great purpose. “The purpose is to show each and every student that you can be anything you want to be if you put your mind to it. The models worked so hard and hard work pays off,” Dabney says.
Musawwir will be coordinator of next year’s fashion show and hopes for a bigger and better show. Musawwir accomplished what she set out to do with the fashion show this year. Musawwir said, “In the past the Black Student Union has used majority of proceeds from the annual fashion show towards Relay For Life. However as coordinator for this year’s show I decided to take a different route and make an impact on the Winchester community. My biggest goal for the show was donating a nice amount to local orphanage, Henry & William Evans Home. We donated five hundred dollars towards the Evans Home and established relationships with numerous local businesses.”
After accomplishing such an impressive feat there is no doubt that next year’s show will be just as good, if not better.