On April 8, the Wayward Fashion club hosted the Wayward Funkadelic Fashion Show, its second annual fashion show. The exhibition, which took place at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA), featured secondhand and vintage clothing from the 1970s.
Wayward Fashion is a student-run club founded by sophomore Alyse Harris and young Virginia Wooten during the winter of 2020. The club promotes sustainability and personal expression through fashion and informs the communities of Wake Forest and Winston-Salem on second-hand purchases.
“It’s good for the environment and for your wallet to buy secondhand and support small businesses,” said Taylor Schutt, sophomore and member of Wayward Fashion. “By buying from fast fashion brands like Shein and Zara, you support fast fashion businesses and, unfortunately, it’s pretty immoral.”
Wayward Fashion has partnered with thrift and vintage stores in Winston-Salem, such as Cosmic Circle, Finders Keepers, Snob Shop and Where’s Dat From. They also featured clothing from Christian Estrada’s senior brand, Estrada’s Upcycled Apparel. Fifty students fashioned secondhand clothes from these curated thrift shops.
“A lot of fashion these days is unsustainable and the clothes are really cheap,” said freshman Mary Caroline McCormack. “You can get them quickly and wear them once or twice. But [the clothes we showed] they are from the 1970s – about 50 years ago – and are still around. Not a single piece of clothing had a rip or tear. Prove that buying things from sustainable sources can do this [make them] last much longer.
In addition to fashion, the show also featured performances by two Wake Forest-based groups. Deacon Dhamaal, an Indian dance company, performed a dance to Indian cultural music from the 70s and Fifth Son, a student band from Wake Forest, performed covers of popular songs from the 70s.
After the show, there was an art market where attendees could purchase the clothes seen in the show and other pieces from the featured shops. Student artists also had the opportunity to sell recycled clothing and accessories, paintings, prints and other types of art.
Compared to their first show which took place outside the Scales Center of Fine Arts in the spring of last year, Wayward Fashion shows have grown significantly. They moved to a larger venue, partnered with SECCA to allow space for more attendees, and extended the number of attendees and outfits on display.
“[The show] this year was a lot bigger, “Schutt said.” Because of COVID-19 the year before, it was hard to get people to join and come. There were a couple of shows, but I’d say it was a a little less organized than this year. This year we had over 40 models compared to last year when we had 20 or 30. More people showed up because we had it at SECCA, which allowed more people in the Winston-Salem community to come “.
He continued: “We did a good job last year, but this year I feel we have really improved. Not only have we shown sustainable fashion, but we’ve done a good job of promoting that it’s cool to wear old things creatively. We wanted to show that you can be creative with your clothes and use them freely to express yourself. “
Wayward Fashion continues to spread its message across the Winston-Salem campus and community.
“We hope the students who came will spread the word,” Schutt said. “My parents were there; there were adults and families. Let’s hope they saw what they could bring [sustainability] in their lives and show others that it is good to shop second hand ”.
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