Community Couture Gala brings AU together
Unlikely organizations and artists come together for a one of a kind event
Community Couture, a fashion event hosted by AU’s clubs EGO Magazine, Revolution, the League of United Latin American Citizens, the AU Community Garden, Her Campus, American University Student Government and the Student Union Board, took place Oct. 6 at the amphitheater and Community Garden. The night featured a flea market of student vendors, club booths, student musical talents and a fashion show.
The event's flea market booths not only showcased clubs from campus, but also student artists selling jewelry, clothes and art pieces. The booths provided students opportunities to shop while they took in the wonderful atmosphere of the evening. Among them were Jewelry by Gia, JMR Art and Thatch and Clover, whose creative talents are shoppable on Instagram, Etsy and Depop.
Alongside the artistic booths featured at the event, student musical talents, including NBS, Mass Ave, Sara Wiser, Wrenmo and Liv Wood, kicked off the evening, each playing short sets from 6-8 p.m. The artists showcased original work, shared song covers and kept the energy high as students shopped, ate and enjoyed the show. Songs like NBS’s “Autumn” and Wrenmo’s “Dance Party in Hyperspace” showed off the original talent in the AU community that usually goes unnoticed without events such as these.
Following the musical stylings of bands and soloists, a student fashion show demonstrated some of the unique styles and collections of AU students. Featuring creators such as Isabelle’s Crochet and Alejandro Vasquez, student models showcased designs of several vendors also featured at the event.
Anne Waldron, a junior in the School of Public Affairs and the president of EGO Magazine, said she drew inspiration from the magazine’s fall edition. “The event is based on the theme of the latest issue, which was community,” Waldron said. This idea brought together an unlikely medley of student clubs and organizations, and by bringing together people from every corner of the campus, Waldron and EGO Magazine transformed the amphitheater for an evening.
Community Couture was a must-see event and is sure to be continued for many semesters to come. The atmosphere, community and creativity on display showed off some of AU’s finest talents. Opportunities like this one let students branch out and share their passions and talents with audiences they never would have reached before. Waldron and the rest of EGO Magazine accomplished their goal of “[bringing] a lot of student faces out of their dorms” and showcasing the beautiful communities that exist on campus.
Correction: This story has been updated to include the correct spelling of Anne Waldron's name