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UMD student fashion show celebrates spring with alumni designers

  • May 14, 2024

A cheering crowd, powerful struts down the runway and unique, stunning pieces showcased just some key elements from MasTERPiece’s fashion show “Spring: A Glimpse of Fantasy” last Friday. 

The club invited four designers, all University of Maryland alumni, to create a collection based on the show’s theme, with each designer representing an aspect of spring — love, bloom, fantasy, and Earth.

“Everyone has their different taste in fashion, and I just want people to be confident in what they wear,” MasTERPiece president Midiene Joseph said. 

Joseph, a junior marketing major, and Sydney Johnson, a junior finance and information systems major, hosted the event in Stamp Student Union’s Grand Ballroom. The Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship, the fashion show’s sponsor, and student vendors also tabled at the show.

Joseph, wearing a one-sleeve, long green dress, reactivated MasTERPiece last semester to build a fashion community on campus and encourage students to pursue their fashion passions.

MasTERPiece invited Riddim Ryderz, this university’s Caribbean Dance Team, to kick off the show. The dance team brought the energy with controlled but vivid movements. 

[Students present creative dance pieces at UMoves performance]

Dye For Me walked the runway first with eye-catching, contrasting bright and dark colors in each outfit. Created by Chase Wooten, a university alum who graduated in 2020, showcased a collection featuring many bright orange velour tracksuits with splashes of red alongside graphic tees and hoodies and crewnecks with intricate patterns.

Pieces with patches of hearts symbolized Wooten’s designated theme of love. The use of orange embodied the glowing aura of spring and the upcoming summer. 

“We like to upcycle and do DIY, grunge kind of feel for everything,” Wooten said. “It’s kind of the spirit of the brand.”

Outfits demonstrated the grunge and streetwear aesthetic with half-zipped hoodies, chains as accessories

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