Culture, HOMECOMING

Tracing Our Roots: A Look into the Annual Fashion Show

By Asha Alajai-Sharif, Staff Reporter

The annual fashion show is one of the most anticipated events each year during Homecoming. It represents tradition and serves as a symbol for the importance of fashion not only to Howard University but to the Black community as well.

Madison Star Brim, a senior fashion design major, is the curator for this year’s fashion show. 

Themed “Roots,” this year’s show is centered around where we come from.

Brim said that she hopes to send this message with the show: “No matter where you’re from or where your ‘roots’ may be, Black people are excellent and we are strengthened through our diversity.”

On Saturday, Oct. 5, the Fashion Centre at Pentagon Macy’s hosted a preview of “Roots.” Brim met Macy’s stylist, Jo-Ann Claxton, through fellow Howard senior, Octavious Dozier. Claxton helped organize the preview.

“I am very grateful to Octavious because it wouldn’t have been possible without him,” said Brim.

Chairs lined the upper-level walkway on either side forming the runway and a mixture of Howard students, alumni and local residents gathered to watch the show. Twenty models walked the preview show, all diverse in looks, shapes and stature. They wore pieces fresh from the racks at Macy’s including the brands DKNY, Michael Kors and Armani Exchange, to name a few. 

The preview was an engaging precursor not only for what’s to come in the fashion show but also for the future of Brim, the models and everyone who worked so hard to put this event together. When asked what to expect on Thursday evening at the official homecoming Fashion Show, Brim said to anticipate a celebration of our diversity and excellence.

October 10, 2019