African fashion causes new sensation
March 8, 2002
The African-American Student Alliance "Soul Sensation Fashion"
show opened with a tribute to traditional African tribal wear. Later it
featured more contemporary fashions. James "JJ" Evans showcased
the latest gear from Mr. Raggs Hip-Hop apparel during the first segment
of the show.
From traditional African garb to hip-hop wear, this unique and trendy
fashion was modeled in the first "Soul Sensation Fashion Show,"
presented by the African American Student Alliance. Since December, members
of AASA have been planning this anticipated event.
"We had the right combination of people and teamwork to make it
happen," said Keisha Bentley, supervisor of the fashion showcase.
Hosting the showcase were ULV students Tamika Harrison and Clyde Williams.
"The hosts did a really good job; they had great stage chemistry,"
Scene one of the showcase displayed African fashion. Models were wrapped
in skirts and headscarves; the fabric used to make this clothing was imported
from Africa and Senegal.
"The African clothing that was modeled showed the differences and
uniqueness that every culture has," said Jaclyn Ly, freshman.
Cayla Carrizal, owner of Funky Thangs, designed the clothing to create
a sense of history and authenticity. The fabrics that were displayed had
a natural fiber base made from Mud Cloth, Mud Cloth Prints, and silk and
cotton brocades, she said.
Hip-hop clothing was modeled during the second scene of the showcase.
This hip-hop and trendy fashion can be obtained in Mr. Raggs, the clothing
store that sponsored this casual wear.
Formal attire showcased in scene five was sponsored by the clothing
store Windsor, which provided some of the trendy clothing.
Not only was the stylish and contemporary clothing showcased, great
entertainment was also provided. R&B sensation "Next" made
a special appearance to introduce the up and coming hip-hop artist Ramone.
Overall, Bentley believed the fashion show was "successful and
well attended" that evening.