Fashionability is at an all-time high with the debut of UDress Magazine’s annual fall fashion show on December 3rd to promote the magazine’s next issue.
Students gathered at the Trabant Student Center to see student-style outfits inspired by this semester’s issues, in keeping with the “New York Minute” theme. The look was meant to exude maximalism and promote the idea that in New York City you can be whoever you want to be.
The on-campus Registered Students Organization (RSO), UDress, publishes a themed magazine each semester and partners with a fashion show to celebrate the launch of each issue. In addition to the latest fashions, the show included performances from the Impact Dance Team, Happy Camper Band and Kari Hayden.
According to UDress members, this issue of the magazine is one of a kind, pushing the boundaries of what has been done in the past.
“With the rise of social media platforms like TikTok, people are [in our generation] Spencer Lawson, member of the beauty team at UDress, said: “We’re doing things that we never would have thought possible. If the New York Minute was the theme four years ago, she’d wear bright blue eyeshadow and crazy tulle in her pink dress.” would never have had a photo shoot at ACME.
According to UDress Editor-in-Chief Ava Charlesworth, UDress challenges the typical commentary that college students see in the media today about fashion, beauty and culture. Articles in the magazine’s fall issue range from more lighthearted articles on how to build a capsule wardrobe after college to more serious stories about how popular beauty trends can be problematic for certain groups. It extends to various articles.
“First and foremost, I think we can write about what college students care about. “UDress is more student-focused and I think that’s really unique, so it’s different than reading Vogue or something like that.”
UDress members not only have the opportunity to discuss trends and issues with students, but also carry out photo shoots based on stories conceived by the writers, fostering the creativity of everyone involved with the magazine.
“Honestly, I think it’s an explosion of creativity. […] People are less afraid to do something completely different. So I think UDress is unique in itself and is on a path to becoming more and more unique as the years go by,” he said Lawson.
For many of our members, UDress is more than just a fashion magazine, it’s a place to express your creativity and be welcomed by your peers.
“Thousands of people have said they feel they don’t fit in Delaware because of their sexual orientation, race, or the way they identify, but UDress is a safe haven for creativity and camaraderie at UD,” Charlesworth said. said Mr.
Making friendships and connections is what many of our members value most about being part of UDress while in college.
Alyssa Merlino, Style Director at UDress, said: “Working together has created many close friendships. [the models] It’s great to work with other board members. ”
Through partnerships with various brands, UDress members cultivate fruitful relationships not only with each other, but also with industry professionals. This semester’s show was sponsored by Banana Republic, PATCHEDDUPP, and Bead Happy.
“I think it’s very cool that people in our age group are in this collaboration. [with Banana Republic]especially because many of us are fashion majors and working with industry experts gives us more ideas about the industry,” Lawson said.
One of the main goals of the magazine and fashion show this semester was to include everyone regardless of race, nationality, sexuality or ability. According to her coordinator Marcaela Allen, a model for UDress, this allows everyone to feel welcome and to see someone like themselves popping up in the fashion space.
“Showing people of all shapes, sizes, colors, genders and gender identities was the main thing for me,” Allen said. “So the show has students of different nationalities and races and different abilities by bringing Runway of Dreams models onto campus.”
Runway of Dreams is a national nonprofit with an on-campus RSO. They work towards a future of inclusivity, acceptance and opportunity in the fashion industry for people with disabilities.
According to Merlino, many members of UDress are very proud to represent the beauty of the “New York Minutes” beyond their work in magazines and shows.
“I’m so excited to see all the hard work come together in the magazine and on the show,” Merlino said. “Everybody’s style is so different and diverse. That’s the beauty of the ‘New York Minute.’ It can really be anything.”