African Student Union hosts ‘Afro-Chic’ fashion show

Louisville junior Tomesha Perkins, 21, models with the Ivory Coast flag in the Afro Chic Fashion Show on Saturday, April 15, 2017 in Downing Student Union. Current students and recent graduates participated, these students brought in their traditional clothing from their different counties to display their culture. 

Tkari Henson

WKU students walked the runway to the beat of the African drums in an “Afro-Chic” themed fashion show hosted by the African student Union this past Saturday.

The event in Downing Student Union featured African designers who showcased their skills with the use of African prints.

President of the African Student Union Itunu Francis, a senior, described the event as “a mixture of diverse clothing through the African continent combined with some Western influence.”

The first annual fashion show was designed to bridge the gap between African and non-African students on campus and learn about African culture in a relaxed environment.

“Generally we do potlucks, movie nights, community service and etc., but we all decided to try and do something more interesting and less stressful, and it’s been a great experience,” Francis said of the African Student Union’s work.

Francis expressed his concern of getting non-African students engaged in the group’s events at WKU, which also motivated her to make a more exciting event to capture people’s attention.

The event consisted of poetry, dance and the fashion show in four segments.

Breana Ford, a junior, was at the event supporting her friends and found the concept interesting.

“I like the idea,” she said. “It’s hard to get people interested in things like this now so you have to be creative to capture people attention.”

The show showcased, in order, traditional and modern fashion, dashiki, jewelry and African head wraps and a guest student designer Bryan Wilcox, a freshman from Nashville, showcasing his brand “Prime Attraction Apparel.”

Wilcox is an aspiring fashion designer who focuses on customizing each piece and enhancing it through his vision.

“It’s been a great learning experience working with the African Student Union,” he said. “I’ve been able to push myself and my creativity in multiple levels that I’m very proud of.”

Lexington senior Destinee Greer attended to show support for her friends and boyfriend in the fashion show.

“It was great, and the gowns were unique and really beautiful,” she said. “They did a really good job, and my boyfriend looked great in his outfits.”

Overall, Francis was pleased with the show.

“I was nervous at first, but the show really did turn out great,” he said.