It is totally obvious that I am a woman that loves fashion shows, and basically any opportunity I get to go and see one and see art in one of its best forms, I mean how could I refuse, it is the designer’s expressions and feelings on display for the world to see, well or at least for the audience who attended to see.
I attended two of the most incredible fashion shows hosted by young women who are trying to make a mark in this world and make a change in the communities that matters most to them.
The P.O.W Fashion show was hosted by new friends of mine that I met at one of the Columbus fashion week events, and they partnered with IBRAK, a non-profit that focuses on empowering women and raise awareness regarding female genital mutilation and their efforts to combat gender based violence abroad. The women of P.O.W were focusing on east central Africa, specifically Kenya as some of the women where born there and are trying to make a change and help ensure that the young women from generations that come after them succeed with no limitations.
And then there is UNCHAINED, a celebration and empowerment event, “Igniting Abolitionists through Awareness”
This event dealt with Human trafficking, and how it impacts young women who get involved, being trafficked, and drugged and left thinking that they have no future. This cause takes women who have been through that and they allow them to start over, giving them an opportunity to realise their worth. This team has awarded a student with a scholarship to do just that. The collection that they presented were garments created by a Project Runway designer by the name of Korto Momolu and there was a narration that was done by Lara Rara, which evoked emotions and made you feel like you are present at the events that she had spoken about. The Ohio Anti-Human Trafficking Coordinator,Elizabeth Ranade-Janis was a speaker at this event as well as Author of the book ‘The Black Lens’ Christopher Stollar, they spoke about things that they have being doing to ensure they take actions against any events of human trafficking with in the Ohio region.
Well here are a few looks from the Unchained collection:
Thanks to the people who put these events together, I left being inspired.