Kerri Klatt

Staff Writer

Fashion shows are where the latest trends are made.

  In a fashion show, models walk the catwalk dressed in clothing created by the designer. The audience views the designers’ collection visually deconstructing the details and accessories of the clothing presented. That was the agenda of The Make It Work! Style Show held in the College Center Building on March 28.

LCCC’s Career Services and the Goodwill of Lorain County partnered to host the event that was open to the campus and public.

The Make It Work! Style Show is open to the public and giveaways for the first 50 attendees were coupons to Lorain County Goodwill Stores. “In 2017, Goodwill had reached out (to LCCC) because it fit with their mission to help people become career ready,” said Sarah Hyde-Pinner, Experiential education professor, “They offered the models free outfits to dress for an interview for our career fair.” The models were given a voucher of up to $25 dollars to spend on an outfit and accessories. The models were able to use the voucher at any in-county Goodwill Store. “It’s expensive and this is an opportunity for individuals to look good for less,” said Hyde-Pinner “And you have to be ready for your second interview as well as all those pieces that come after that initial interview.” The models were LCCC students and Goodwill representatives.

The fashion shows three judges were; Associate Provost for Enrollment Management and Student Success and Dean, Dr. Stephanie Sutton, Director of Human Resources, Keith Brown and Manager of Career Services, Marcia Jones. “We have a polling system for the audience to participate.” She said. The audience participated as well as judged the outfits. The model contestants with the most votes from the audience and judges win the category.

“This year we have 12 models,” said Hyde-Pinner, “To show what to wear for business professional, and what to wear for business casual.”  The business category had six models whom modeled various business casual outfits. The judges voted on each model’s outfit offering advice and critique on each. The business category model winner was Zarai Aquino, an LCCC student and survivor of Hurricane Maria. “I am so surprised,” said Aquino, “I just assumed I wouldn’t win, I’m excited.” Aquino won two gift passes to Kalahari Resorts & Waterpark. Each model contestant received a portfolio and gift certificates courtesy of LCCC. The business professional category included six models whom posed wearing business professional outfits. Elisabeth Turza won the business professional category. “I am really excited,” said Turza, “the outfit that I choose is an outfit that I can wear in future interviews.” Turza won two gift passes to Kalahari Resorts & Waterpark.

Attendees received discount coupons to Lorain County Goodwill Stores and LCCC’s radio, The Boom, was on hand to provide deejay services and music. “This year we really focused on the students, and getting folks engaged,” said Hyde-Pinner, “We are always looking for ways to engage students and to create that experience.”

“The career fair, which is April 9th, and fashion show go hand and hand,” said Hyde-Pinner, “This is an opportunity for individuals to look good at the fair.”