by Caroline Thomas

To bring Black History Month at Georgetown to a close, students of the Georgetown Black Leadership Forum put on a spectacular fashion show in Riggs Library.  The two-hour celebration of history, creativity, and culture included a spoken word poetry performance, beautiful a cappella renditions by Georgetown student a capella group Resonance Essence Live (REL), and of course, fashion.  Georgetown students modeled pieces by local designers Royal Tribe and J. Mi, as well as a collection of evening wear by Rent the Runway.

Photo by Caroline Thomas Photo by Caroline Thomas

Designer J. Mi’s collection was vibrant and eclectic, featuring chiffon layers, bold patterns, and structured cut-outs.  With bohemian influences and stark color contrast, the collection included many of the spring trends seen on the runways recently.

Photo by Caroline Thomas Photo by Caroline Thomas

The pieces by Royal Tribe had distinct 90’s grunge influences, as the fabrics ranged from ripped denim to crushed velvet.  Many of the shirts and sweatshirts included oversized logos in black and white contrasting shades reminiscent of Alexander McQueen graphic tees.  The Georgetown student models looked stunning in the Rent the Runway evening wear collection.  Among the wide variety of cocktail dresses, evening gowns, and menswear, the collection featured radiant springtime hues.

Photo by Caroline Thomas Photo by Caroline Thomas

The final run featured the models in jeans and white t-shirts – but with each model bearing the name of a wrongfully deceased African American man or woman.  Titled the Black History Month Tribute run, this beautiful demonstration grounded the night’s performances with a powerful gesture.  The hosts called to attention the fact that the artistic events of the evening – fashion, song, and dance – are expressions of life that should never be taken for granted.  The Black Leadership Forum put on an incredible fashion show that, through art and culture, was both introspective and uplifting.

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