International and domestic students alike filled the lobby enjoying snacks and drinking coffee, but when the main doors to Emerson Suites opened, the crowd poured in, rushing to find a seat close to the runway.
What were they rushing into? The IC International Club’s (ICIC) third annual Interfashional Night, showcasing clothing and culture from Ithaca College’s diverse international student population.
“Not only is this an opportunity for students to see clothing that they would otherwise only see in movies, it’s also an opportunity to learn the meaning and the cultural significance that the attire has, both to the individual wearing it, and for the country or culture as a whole,” Giulia Dwight, International Club vice president, said.
In addition to the fashion show, student performers provided entertainment including a jazz band and a traditional Bollywood dance.
Dwight started the event in 2013 as a last-minute idea but since then, it has grown significantly. She relies on volunteers to model, provide hair and make-up services, take photos, and perform.
“It gives international students a chance to wear their traditional clothing from home once more, and to share a piece of their culture with our audience,” said Amanda Schmitz, International Club social media manager. “It is also fun for students like me who own clothing from another country but never get to wear it here in America.”
ICIC is dedicated to providing a bridge between international and domestic students through programming and events all year long.
“We all represent something different and our clothes allow us to express it,” Dwight said.
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