Deciding what to wear to work can be a difficult task, which is why two multicultural sororities had businesswomen walk the runway at a fashion show Monday night.
The Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/Lambda Pi Chi sorority and the Sigma Psi Zeta sorority sponsored the event, “The Professional Guide to Success: What to Wear?” fashion show, in the Marvin Center’s Grand Ballroom. Eleven businesswomen from the D.C. area participated as models and stayed after the show for a networking session with the audience, and sophomore Mei Loo, president of Sigma Psi Zeta, led the evening’s events.
Senior Amanda Bates, president of Lambda Pi Chi, said she was inspired to organize the event over winter break while she was considering what to wear for upcoming job interviews. She thought the fashion show would allow students to see what real women wear in the professional realm. Bates then approached Sigma Psi Zeta to help host the event.
“The fashion show was meant to educate people about professional wear,” Loo said. “We wanted to have different types of women to be real world models.”
The models wore outfits from three categories: interview wear, business casual and formal business attire.
Bates described the models as “strong, independent women with good fashion sense.”
Model Ann Robertson participated in the event to “support the undergraduate Lambda Pi Chi chapter and to empower minority women.” Robertson, a senior consultant for HGM Management and Technologies, Inc. is an alumna of the Lambda Pi Chi Omicron chapter at the University of Delaware.
“All of the models are wonderful, successful women,” Robertson said.
The models came from a variety of employers, including the American Civil Liberties Union, Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions, D.C. Rape Crisis Center and the Latino Student Fund.
“I went to the fashion show to support a friend in Sigma Psi Zeta,” said sophomore Uchenna Obaji. “And to learn what to do and how to dress for an interview.”
In conjunction with the fashion show, both sororities accepted gently used professional clothing donations for Suited for Change. Several models from the fashion show donated outfits, Loo said.
Suited for Change, a private non-profit organization, was founded in 1992 and “provides professional clothing and ongoing career education to low-income women,” according to the organization’s Web site.
Women who participate in Suited for Change must complete job readiness programs and seek employment, according to the event’s program.