Fashion show at UCF displays a variety of International tastes

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James Tutten

Traditional fashion from India is displayed at the UCF International Fashion Show.

The International Fashion Show at UCF returned for the first time in four years. Both traditional and modern fashion styles were displayed from over 14 nations, showcasing different cultures from around the world.“We worked with several groups in putting this on, and with hard work and determination we got the event going again,” said Trevor Presaud, SGA executive cabinet member and show co-organizer.Members of the different student cultural groups organized the models, clothing and outfit changes between style sets. Brightly colored patterns and designs going back hundreds of years started the traditional portion of the event.

Styles from India and Iran stood out as the most elaborate in design and complexity. Tribal African styles from Nigeria and the Caribbean were also another notable contribution with their strong use of colors on richly detailed garments.

European styles were also featured during the show, starting with three models wearing classic brightly colored and tight-fitting French outfits inspired from the 1960s. A fancy kilted skirt was worn by Megan Selva to represent old time Scotland.

There was also a flamboyant Spanish dance performance by Jenny and Ernesto Caballeros between the major points in the show. The costumed capes flew and castanetas clacked wildly throughout the fast-paced transition.

The second portion celebrated modern fashion from many of the same countries. The models showed pieces that can be bought in any high-end fashion store today. Modern fashion from foreign countries still draws on styles going back to their traditional roots.

“I think this whole show is very nice and shows a lot of different cultures very well,” said audience member Lesie Pleasants. Her daughter, Kaitlyn Pleasants, was one of the featured models.

The show included musical performances by the Flammable Babylon Percussion Ensemble and Florida Tribal Dance group. After the final walk for all of the models, another group from Club Kreyol gave a dance routine displaying provocative moves from the Caribbean.

International foods like Indian chicken tikka and other treats were provided to those in attendance to further the cultural immersion.

The rich and complex groups at UCF showcased the cultural diversity that makes up their campus student body. The same groups hope to bring back the event next year and continue this tradition of embracing and celebrating cultures from around the world.