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A fashion show all about dressing to impress

Author: Sienna Haynes
by Sienna Haynes
Posted: Apr 08, 2015

Samantha Rhodes, Managing Editor

April 7, 2015

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Type the phrase ‘dress to impress’ into any online search engine, and you’ll find hundreds of how-to articles offering tips and advice.

But the University of Toledo’s Alpha Kappa Psi believes seeing good fashion in person is more useful than reading about it.

Instead of teaching students how to ‘dress to impress,’ the co-ed business fraternity wants to show them by hosting "A Fashion Affair," the fraternity’s first-annual runway event on April 9 at 7 p.m. in the Student Union Auditorium.

"As a professional business fraternity, we believe that the brand we represent is important," said Jacob Drees, Alpha Kappa Psi executive president and a fourth-year double-majoring in marketing and information systems. "That is why you learn the importance of dressing professionally — the way you hold yourself, the way others see you and know you, that is your brand."

Christina Haddad, a fourth-year majoring in professional sales and marketing, serves as the fraternity’s fundraising chair and said students can expect to see about 25 models at the event.

"The models will be showing off business casual wear, business professional wear, cocktail wear and golf outing attire," Haddad said.

Because the two main sponsors for the show are Men’s Warehouse and Francesca’s, Haddad said the models will wear attire from both companies as well as show off their own personal fashion sense.

Riley Shull, a second-year majoring in marketing, is an Alpha Kappa Psi model for the show and said that although she’s afraid she’ll trip in her heels, she’s excited to strut down the runway.

"I want to show students how to dress professionally while still being able to show their own unique style," Shull said. "This is my first time modeling and I wasn’t aware that there would be judges scoring us on our outfits so does that make me a little nervous. But it’s all in good fun and going toward a good cause."

Haddad said she originally conceived the idea for a runway show to combine all of her former experiences into one educational event.

"I have always had a passion for the fashion industry," Haddad said. "I wanted to blend my passion for business and fashion and incorporate them into an event that would bring together the campus community while also showing students how to ‘dress for success.’"read at:cheap bridesmaid dresses sydney

Due to the participation of models from various organizations, including Greek Life and the College of Business and Innovation, Haddad said she thinks this event will unify students while they "come together to cheer on their peers that are modeling and representing their chapter."

Pre-sale tickets cost $7 or $10 if purchased at the door, and raffle tickets will be sold two for $1 or 10 for $4.

According to Haddad, use of a photo booth, refreshments, food and music will all be provided with a ticket purchase.

Five percent of the proceeds will also be donated to the fraternity’s non-profit philanthropy, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

The Mayo Clinic defines multiple sclerosis as a disease in which "your immune system attacks the protective sheath that covers your nerves," damaging communication between your brain and body and ultimately resulting in the irreversible deterioration of the nerves themselves.

According to the National MS Society’s website, this disease affects 2.3 million people worldwide and has no known cause or cure.

"The MS Society has been our philanthropy for quite some time, which is why we are so passionate about always giving back," Haddad said.

Haddad also said the fraternity will donate a portion of the proceeds to Clean Water for the World, a nonprofit organization that provides free, safe drinking water systems to communities that don’t have access to clean water.

According to Haddad, yet another portion of the proceeds will be donated to the philanthropy of the student group with the most attendance at the show.

Other sponsors for the show include Can Digital Group, Great Lakes Sound Inc, Oasis, Mirage Barber Shop, Jax, Quicken Loans, Dream Jobs, Charming Charlie’s and Marathon.

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Christana Haddad by calling 734-620-7537 or email

"I hope that everyone is able to take something from the fashion show and apply it to their daily life," Drees said. "With months of hard work going into a three-hour event, I would love to see this event be a gigantic success and be something Alpha Kappa Psi can fine-tune and make even better and bigger for years to come."

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