By Jessica Feldman
Community Copy Editor
MasTERPiece, a fashion organization at the University of Maryland, is hosting their second annual Fashion Week from March 27 to April 1.
According to its website, MasTERPiece provides a platform for fashion entrepreneurs interested in pursuing a career in the retail industry. The organization engages in community service, professional development and networking in order to prepare people for a future in the fashion business.
Last year’s fashion week was the organization’s debut as a committed group, which established their reputation as the first fashion and business entrepreneurship club on campus. According to LaRen Morton, the vice president of marketing and junior psychology major, this year’s fashion week is going to be a lot different.
“We’ve been preparing for this since last semester,” Morton said. “Over the summer, we met to create ideas and establish a plan to make the second year even better than our first.”
This year’s theme is titled “Urban Fleur.” Local designers including Brittany McCoy, who was showcased in D.C. Fashion Week, will provide the clothing and students from this university will model them during the show.
Cheyenne Fogg, the Public Relations Chair of MasTERPiece, spoke for the group’s President, junior Oru Wonodi, about what to expect from this year’s fashion week.
“This year is very exciting for us because we are incorporating new elements that really encompass the direction MasTERPece is headed towards,” Fogg said. “It’s metropolitan chic meets bohemian… to better describe what this truly means, imagine a garden in the middle of Manhattan; A very free spirit vibe with a metropolitan edge.”
Wonodi explained that while last year’s turn out was good, the organization expects it to grow substantially this year. The team has set a much higher bar for themselves this year and they cannot wait to see the final result.
“The University of Maryland, College Park is an amazing institution but unfortunately, its intense focus on STEM studies puts a strain on the creatives,” Wonodi said.
“MasTERPiece addresses this issue by providing students with a space to explore their passion for fashion while providing them with career opportunities in the retail industry.”