EDINBURGH, Texas (ValleyCentral) – In 2020, UTRGV students began planning a fashion show, but then the pandemic hit and put their plans on hold. Now, two years later, the show is back.
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ValleyCentral spoke to three House of Fashion club members who said they were all very excited to see their ideas materialize.
House of Fashion president and founder Hania Rocio began the planning process when she was in her sophomore year.
When the pandemic hit and pushed everything back, Rocio said, “We were really sad because mostly like we were an even bigger group. I think we were like in the club, maybe 30 people, and we were already planning and stuff and all. it was canceled at the last minute basically because of the pandemic, and everyone left and it was very demotivating. “
While it was a sombre sensation in 2020, Rocio said that everyone’s love of fashion has brought motivation home this year and he feels like the show is a lot stronger than before.
Rocio said that in the first half of the 2021-2022 school year, the club held a multitude of meetings in an effort to get it all organized before getting things started.
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At the start of the second half, the club’s main goal was to raise the $ 500 needed for the fashion show.
It took fashion designer Karen Diaz two weeks to put together her model’s three looks as her goal is to represent RGB through clothing.
Diaz allowed his male model to choose one of his cowboy hats and said it’s “tied to the show” in that it gives a little “piece of him, the RGV.” For her two other models, she chose dresses that exude a more modern touch as “the RGV is still growing” and wanted to show it off.
One of the main goals of the show is to have a solid representation of RGV diversity. The other main goal is to highlight six second-hand stores in the RGV, spreading the difference between recycled shopping and shopping across the larger companies.
“It is a lot of pollution what they are creating. The waterways, the microplastic in the water, “said Regina Montemayor, treasurer of House of Fashion.” It’s crazy, so by buying second-hand which are all six stores, you help reduce it so that only the one percent of the clothes are recycled and therefore second-hand shopping can increase it. “
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The six thrift stores featured at the show include RagzRevenge, modernday hippy.vtg, Baby Arcade, 8VisionVintage, Sacks Thrift Avenue, and Viva Vintage.
The parade will open its doors to the public for free on Thursday 14 April starting at 7:30 pm
The event is free and open to students, faculty, staff and community members. Participants are encouraged to wear their best clothing.
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