The world of fashion has made its reprise to Texas Southern University. Underground Fashion Society, led by Courtney Mathews (President) and Kiam Tann (Vice President), is a new student organization dedicated to highlighting the trendsetters on TSU’s campus.
“UFS is full of creative young minds, we are inspired by things we love that involve fashion like styling, designing, makeup artists, and even hair stylists,” says Vice President Tann.
“We go out and participate in off-campus fashion shows to show people in our org that if you want this life,” continued Tann, “you have to really love what you do.”
From March 25th to March 29th, the organization held its first fashion week called “The Return of Fashion”, applauding Houston creatives and providing them a platform to be themselves.
The fashion organization had various events, like Makeup 101, which was taught by makeup artist Larri K. Thatcher. The event allowed students to learn more information about the makeup business and gave them tips. Thatcher also performed a makeup demonstration so the students can see the tricks firsthand.
UFS also hosted a swap meet on hump day where students could sell and purchase clothing from one another.
Two highly anticipated events, Kreative Couture Gala and the fashion show, were set during the end of the week and closed the org’s fashion week with a bang.
The Kreative Couture Gala was a celebration of the unique people on TSU’s campus, where Sophomore Janaya Britton was awarded “Style Queen of TSU”. Attendees were able to connect with one another while being surrounded by the captivating art in the University Museum.
The fashion show showcased a multitude of local Houston designers like James Will of Vonde Bonair, Terrell Taylor and Kameereo Crisp. The set for the fashion show was built two hours before the actual event, yet flawlessly executed. Paige Hubbard, a Texas Southern alumni, hosted the event and cheered on each model as they graced the runway.
“As an organization, we learned that hosting fashion events takes blood, sweat & tears,” said Tann, “these things were not easy especially as beginners of a fashion org on the TSU Campus.”
“We had some major doubts,” said Matthews, “since this was our first fashion week, we wanted to every event packed but I had to sit back and realize sometimes it’s quality over quantity.”
When asked about how their organization will move forward in the future, both leaders are extremely optimistic for UFS
“We’re just going to keep working and molding our craft and keep sailing high,” replied Mathews.
“Nobody has seen our full potential as an organization yet,” said Tann, “so get ready!”