Embrace’s main theme is everyone being included. The theme of this year’s inclusive fashion showIt is “Embrace Identity.”
“My goal is always everybody, every day, all day. However that plays out, if you’re open and flexible, you never know what can happen and how much you can enrich the lives of others around you as well as your own,”Betty Hurd, Program Director Fashion Marketing
Hurd says that inclusivity and acceptance of identity are closely intertwined.
“We have a huge initiative at the college with the relationship to diversity, equity and inclusion. Our students have embraced that. We talk about it every day…Fashion is a way you express who you are, so you can tell your story. You live your life and then, you know, the other piece is what do you wear but you wear as part of that first impression of who you are and identifying yourself,”Hurd.
The whole process of Embrace has been democratic. Every year, students vote on the theme and who opens or closes Embrace. show “virtually everything in the classroom,”Hurd.
While “embrace”The theme will be a part of the theme for all time. However, students can add to the theme at any time. Last year’s fashion showWas “Embrace the Change,”Due to coronavirus, this information was only accessible via recordings.
Collaboration within the school is another way that Embrace’s inclusive message is reinforced. Students in photography took photos of models and cosmetology students used their skills to apply hair and makeup to models.
“The mission and vision really just involves a collaboration. We believe very much in everyone, everywhere, all day,”Hurd.
Sustainability is another message that Embrace shares. You cannot buy new. All items must be re-used, thrifted, or upcycled.
“Embrace also includes recycling, upcycling, repurposing. We value the planet. The fashion industry, you know, historically has had, you know, high pollution and fast fashion and just sort of all of those things,”Hurd. “And as we’re becoming more mindful as a society and globally, really looking at what the impact of fashion is, we want to embrace having a good planet.”
The fashion showIt was held at Truax on Monday Nov. 22 and was live streamed, recorded and streamed. The event’s book is available. It contains both the looks and the stories.
Alok gave a talk following the event. fashion show. Their talk was about celebrating one’s self and breaking free from transphobia. Alok is a well-known performer, writer, and public speaker. After the performance, there was a signing of Alok’s book, “Beyond the Gender Binary.”