Where there’s culture, there’s style: Fashion at IDays

Check out our photo gallery to see everyone who participated

“We encourage students from dif­ferent ethnic backgrounds to showcase their culture,” said Staffen Liu-Calver, a student advisor with TRU World.

idfs-9927Staffen was talking about the annual fashion show that is part of the Inter­national Days showcase, where 109 students from around the world rep­resented their cultures through dress on Friday, March 13. Chinese, Indian, Nigerian, and Colombian cultures, among others, were exhibited in the 45-minute show.

The international showcase started 21 years ago, with the fashion show being added in the early years. It start­ed off as a small initiative from TRU World to bring cultures together, and “grew up” into a big event with a live stream. Students either get authentic, homemade costumes from their fam­ilies or purchase them on their own. They also have the option to apply for financial aid from TRUSU, and if granted, receive financial aid from TRU World as well.

“The outfits are custom made for special activities and interests relating to the wearer’s culture,” Liu-Calver said.

Fashion show host Blessing Chid­uuro, who was wearing a traditional Saudi outfit that he had bought off of one of his friends, expressed his excite­ment for the fashion show.

“I love travelling and learning about different cultures, so the fashion show was a perfect way to gain knowledge and get entertainment at the same time,” he said.

idfs-9726Events like the fashion show give international students a chance to in­volve themselves with school events and learn more about each other. The IDays showcase and fashion show are opportunities to network, find support and add to the diversity of Canadian culture.

Some of the students who partic­ipated in the fashion show described what their attire looked like and where it was from.

“I brought my dress over from In­dia because I knew about International Days,” said Gunveet Narang. “It’s tra­ditional royal North Indian menswear – the royal kings of India used to wear this maroon achkan centuries ago, so we wear it on special occasions to hon­our them.”

A Japanese student named Cherry, adorned in a kimono, talked about her outfit, too.

“It’s a Japanese traditional costume, usually made of cotton and silk. This one is pink and made of silk, and someone made it for me.”

The models mesmerized the audi­ence with their good looks and refresh­ing outfits from around the world. The fashion show ended on a comforting note, when international student Po­lina Slepukhina sang “Hallejujah” and all the models gathered around her, while the spectators waved whatever light they had to add the serene atmo­sphere.

With all the hard work put into the fashion show, it paid off by providing a beautiful and breathtaking experience.