The Group for Black Unity (OBU) might be showcasing its twenty second annual trend present at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 26 within the Plachta Auditorium.
The OBU Vogue Present is an occasion that showcases black tradition and delight via trend.
Junior, OBU president, Ahlexis Cole and senior, co-director Makayla Smith began organizing the present in October 2021. Cole stated organizing the present is a steady studying course of.
“You be taught one thing new that you just did not know even when the present was like two days away,” she stated. “It is a whole lot of attempting to prepare issues, but additionally sort of going with the circulation.”
The theme for the style present is “In This Class Is” – the themes of designs stay unknown till they’re introduced on the night time of the occasion. Smith stated the group selected this theme to showcase a spread of various kinds.
“We all know all people has their very own sort of twist and look to sure issues,” she stated. “It’s a thriller. You gained’t know till you’re there.”
The OBU Vogue Present will showcase designs made by Central Michigan College college students and Black-owned enterprise distributors.
Lansing junior and trend design main Gabriela Salais has two designs within the present. It’s the first present her clothes might be showcased. She stated she is happy for individuals to see what she created.
“It is a very proud second for myself,” Salais stated. “I put a lot arduous work into this and it wasn’t straightforward.”
Final 12 months, the OBU Vogue Present was digital. Cole stated everybody did what they may throughout COVID-19 to make one of the best present attainable through video.
Now, with the style present present again in particular person, Smith stated everybody concerned with it – from administrators to fashions – has labored persistently to make it an thrilling and recent expertise for the viewers.
“You simply get a special connection if you’re truly there versus a via video,” Smith stated.
For OBU, the occasion is greater than a trend present. It’s a option to construct connections and increase networks. Cole stated OBU supplies individuals confidence and development.
“We don’t solely need to be often called a trend present,” Cole stated. “We need to be a corporation that gives an opportunity to seek out your individuals.”