This past Saturday, Howard University’s African Students’ Association held their annual fashion show in Cramton Auditorium. Being a part of DC Fashion Week, the show gave showgoers a look at collections from accross the country and the District (Corjor International, DC Fashion Week producer Ean Williams’s line) as well as collections from abroad (Cote Minou, OX LUNDEN, Arewa, amongst others). Here are few photos from the show, courtesy of one of Howard’s “unofficial official” photographers, Bryan “Blackbelt” Jones.
What I did notice over the course of the show was that what was on the runway was worn by many in the audience. It’s something I can definitely say is very different from the typical European Couture runway shows we often hear and speak about. With them, only a tiny fraction of the world’s population can afford their wearable art (the last time I checked, I believe it was somewhere around 1% of the world’s people who can afford couture). However, on Saturday, not only did I see beautifully produced/crafted garments, but I was given a glimpse of couture that’s intertwined with life and pure vibrancy, as well as affordability. Exquisite!
IN THE WORKS:
1. An interview with a fellow Howard entrepreneur/artist/designer Tamara Williams, creator of Tribal Immunity (featured in the ASA Fashion Show)
2. Photos/Thoughts from DC Fashion Week’s Menswear Collection(s) runway show