TRUSU collaboration is a fashion-forward success

Models worked the runway in outfits dressed to work, play and impress

Ashley Wadhwani, Arts & Entertainment Editor Ω

Vince Watson and Jessyka Gagnon impress the audience with their black tie outfits. Sih'le Msiska/The Omega

Vince Watson and Jessyka Gagnon impress the audience with their black tie outfits. Sih’le Msiska/The Omega

Created, planned and organized by 10 TRUSU groups, the Mosaic Fashion Show not only brought the Kamloops community and TRU together, but forged new ground for TRUSU club relations.

The fashion show took place in the Grand Hall in the Campus Activity Centre Feb. 28. The Human Resource Management Club, Pride Club, Visual Arts Student Association, Enactus, Professional Convention Management Association, India Club, Finance Club, and Marketing Club came together in the fall 2013 semester to begin organizing the show.

As seats filled quickly, the bright lights on the catwalk dimmed and Lettie Jones, a fourth-year human resource management student and Mosaic event coordinator, welcomed all the attendees.

The audience mirrored the selection of models, with a mix of university and high school students. Local high school student Quentin Tecumseh Collier shared his newest ensembles from his QTC label, and Madison Olds performed three covers on her guitar. The idea of the show was to redefine the idea of the student.

“The committee and I wanted to show students how to transition. Having a student audience filled with potential TRU students was basically through word of mouth and connections,” Jones said.

The show included outfits to the themes of “dress to work,” “dress to play,” and “dress to impress.”

Miranda Smith impresses the crowd with her “dress to play” ensemble. Sih'le Msiska/The Omega

Miranda Smith impresses the crowd with her “dress to play” ensemble. Sih’le Msiska/The Omega

“[The show] was very stressful, but also fun. I love the rush of backstage and having such good models and volunteers to keep me sane,” said Cameron Staff, production and marketing coordinator and journalism student.

Seventy volunteers from TRU and the community helped to keep the show running smoothly.

“We got such a response from TRU and the community. We could not have done it without them. From clubs, from students that aren’t a part of a club … [the show] brought everybody together on so many different levels,” Jones said.

For Jones, this was a dream come true. With a passion for fashion, it was Jones’ initiative to organize and plan the show.

“It’s really exciting to see arts students mixing with business students. Something [one of us] may not be strong at, someone else is. We are all kind of specialists, so to come together we are actually stronger,” Jones said. “Coming together, working together… that commonality. Really opening it up to what’s at the base of it all. We are all students.”

When asked if there will be a Mosaic 2015 event in the future, Jones excitingly responded with a definite “yes.” In meetings, the group has already started talking about ways to create a show again next year.

“We made an unofficial pact for the clubs involved to do this in subsequent years,” Jones said. “It goes beyond the fashion. We formed relationships with each other.”