By Carolyn Ryan
The Runway club is hosting its annual spring fashion show on March 27 at 7 p.m. in the Tilles Center. Tickets are being sold in Hillwood Commons at a table in front of the Treat Shoppe during common hour, and cost $5 for students and $7 for non- students.
The theme of this year’s fashion show is the experience of being on television. The event will start out with a red carpet and cocktail hour. During the show, the audience will be able to watch typical television programming along with the main event, which will include celebrity news, and regular news broadcasts.
Thirty models, along with Jennifer Mejia, a junior Art Therapy major who is the president of the club, decided to name the fashion show “Mass Damage” and have it followed by the hashtag #TheMachine.
“The Runways’ ‘Mass Damage’ fashion show is a really unique and exciting event that the club has worked really hard for. It’s an event I’d recommend everyone attend,” said freshman Political Science major Adam Hornbuckle, the student government liaison to The Runway club.
This year, 100 percent of the proceeds from the show will be donated to Relay for Life. Last year, the club made approximately $1,000 in profits, and hopes to do the same this year. As for the types of clothing that will be showcased during the fashion show, the club preferred to keep that information classified. However, The Student Body boutique will debut items they sell in store during the fashion show.
The Runway club has two main goals. First, the members of the club strive to build self-esteem, and promote love. Second, the club teaches members to accept themselves for who they are. “I feel this is extremely crucial today because as a society we still lack acceptance in oneself. Before, everyone strived to be a size zero and tall. Now, society says that people like Kim Kardashian and Jennifer Lopez have “broken” that mold. I completely disagree because all that they have done was change the [way] young girls feel they need to look like,” Mejia said.
In past semesters, The Runway club has teamed up with the “Stop Bullying Campaign” and “You are Beautiful” to help promote self-love and self-esteem. The models seen in the show are students of different backgrounds, body types, and college majors, with one thing in common; they are all passionate about fashion. All of the designers, photographers, and performers involved in the show are LIU Post students. The runway gives them a platform to expose their talent.
“My favorite part about being involved in such a wonderful club is everything that it stands for. It has allowed me to push myself and be a strong student leader. I also love the new relationships and entrepreneurial skills it has enhanced in me,” Mejia added.