Fashion for Change: Not Your Ordinary "Tuesday"

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Erin Kuepfer
Communications Assistant
Tue, 03/26/2019 - 11:00

After months of hard work and rehearsals, Fashion for Change's [external link] Annual Charity Fashion Show took to the stage on Saturday, March 23 with a performance dubbed, “Tuesday” [external link].

Yes, that is the name and coveted theme of this year’s performance. Saudia Rahamat, 5A Speech Communication student and President of this year’s show, and Nhel Soriano, 4B Planning Student and Artistic Director of the show, recapped the idea behind the show.

“Seven stories. Seven cities. One day,” said Rahamat. “An ordinary day (we wanted to pick the most ordinary day possible) for extraordinary stories. The whole show touches on the aspect of life: seven characters experiencing seven different points in their lives, but their lives are all happening at the same time.”

This is the first time that Fashion for Change has touched on the aspect of stories, and each scene of the fashion show will play out like an individual story.

“In the final scene all of these stories come together,” in what Soriano said, describing the show as an immersive experience that will take audience members through a roller coaster of emotions, culminating with a big surprise ending.

It’s safe to say that this “Tuesday” was no ordinary day.

All of the money raised from Fashions for Change's Annual Charity Fashion show is donated to WE Charity to support Moyamba, a village in Sierra Leone. Fashion for Change is on their ninth year of supporting Moyamba, and has raised over $110,000 to date.

Both Soriano and Rahamat highlighted the diversity of Fashion for Change and the charity event, calling it "more than just a fashion show.”

“Tuesday” had it all: a variety of dance numbers, a moving storyline and, as Soriano highlighted, amazing videography. It was a completely different show from years prior, and a new experience for both repeat visitors to the fashion show and newcomers alike.

“I want people to have fun: the team, execs, models, [and] audience members,” Rahamat said. “We’re not striving for perfection, we’re striving for people to enjoy themselves. People are always pressured to be the best, but if you are the best you can be in that timeframe that’s all that matters.” 

Aside from putting on amazing performances year after year, Fashion for Change builds opportunities for its members behind the scenes.

“Fashion for Change is for people who want to take risks,” says Soriano. “Some of our dancers and models are people who have never danced or modelled before! It’s very beginner friendly, and through Fashion for Change people can find passions for things they never thought of before.”

Fashion for Change participants can grow soft skills used in future careers, try something new, and make lifelong friends.

Both Rahamat and Soriano were asked to share their experiences with Fashion for Change and why they support the organization:

“For me the community is taken for granted,” Rahamat says. “People always assume you’ll have undying support and attention in life, but that’s not the case everywhere. I’m so proud of the community we’ve created through Fashion for Change. People can be comfortable as individuals while still being part of a team and I’m so glad that Fashion for Change has created that opportunity for people. People go out into the world and know how they should be respected. They know what they deserve.”

“My biggest takeaway from Fashion for Change is doing things today,” Soriano said. “Not tomorrow, today. Don’t say, ‘one day I hope to be this’… Instead of just talking about stuff, go out and do it. Don’t wait for future years, do it today. And for me, I’m proud of taking those risks.”