The Nordic | The fashion show shows the power of fashion as a reflection of identity

On Saturday 2 April, the Student Union Ballroom was imbued with confidence and cheer as the African Student Union hosted POSE: The Fashion Show, which celebrates African culture, fashion and local designers.

The evening began with an aperitif, with attendees tasting traditional African food and drinks as the models prepared to take the stage.

The atmosphere was one that loved the origin and tradition, as well as the expression of oneself. Bright colors and ornate patterns were worn by many of the attendees, a staple of African fashion. The students in attendance were dressed to impress, wearing their most fashionable outfits to honor the occasion.

For each stylist, the models trotted across the stage one by one, displaying their work as the music played and the crowd cheered in support.

The show featured the various works of local stylists and vendors – Colourfro, Royal Wear, Culture Couture and Priceless Courage – that encourage cultural pride and self-confidence through their designs.

“I just like fashion and making people feel good,” said Ngozi Usani, NKU student and designer at Royal Wear.

Usani works with his father to have his clothes produced internationally, designing the clothes locally and sending the designs to Nigeria to be produced, then delivered to the United States.

For the designers present in the show, the event was an opportunity to share their culturally significant work.

“We want to share the love of Africa with fashion and accessories and fundamentally give a different view of what the world and everyone else has,” said Augustine Osei, co-founder and CEO of Colourfro.

Among each designer’s set were various performances by members of the African Student Union, as well as a flag show that guarded the community members’ origins flags as they enjoyed themselves on stage.

African Student Union President Eunice Yankson delivered a powerful oral interpretation of an original poem entitled “Manifest Destiny”, calling for solidarity and resistance to the unfair exploitation imposed on Africa’s people and resources.

NKU student Tayshawn Elliot performed a stunning rendition of the song “Stand Up”, originally by Cynthia Erivo.

Finally, the ASU Dance Team performed a group choreography to conclude the shows.

The night’s celebrations put the spotlight on the African culture that is flourishing in our diverse communities.

“We can’t see or have the opportunity to buy African folk stuff like that. It’s not easy to walk into Macy’s or any other store and buy African clothes ”, Meshaki Mushangwe.

To close the evening, Yankson met with the event’s executive committee on stage to emphasize the importance and privilege of engaging with campus life. After being banned from organizing events in the previous two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Yankson said that producing an event to engage people and make them aware of their presence on campus was overdue.

“NKU student commitments don’t exist without students making commitments,” Yankon said. “This is us. Everything.”

POSA: The fashion show was a showcase not only of local and traditional African fashion, but also of the extraordinary talent and concerted effort that tied the event together.

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