RSCO Feature: Fashion Council

Abigail Eyler, Staff writer

Are you interested in fashion? Do you enjoy meeting new people? How do you feel about new fashion trends? If one of these statements applies to you, come check out Mercyhurst’s Fashion Council. The Fashion Council is a club that is run by the Fashion Department for majors and non-majors. It focuses on how fashion is an important part of society. As pop culture is reliant on trends, the fashion industry is majorly affected by the world. Fashion is used to convey social issues as clothing is able to relay messages. The fashion industry is also one of the largest industries with high-end brands, athletic brands and fast-fashion stores. Since trends start with high fashion and eventually go to fast-fash-ion brands, it is important to note how the industry relies on trend-setting, and how fashion is a huge part of daily life. Fashion Council Co-President, Margaret Gonas, is a junior fashion merchandising major. “Fashion council reflects society today because everyone within the club is differ-ent. Though most members are passionate about fashion, one can simply look around as see how different everyone’s personal styles are,” said Gonas. The goal of the fashion club is to allow non-majors to connect with the fashion department. It’s also a great way to meet and see people in different classes as Gonas said that upperclassmen and underclassmen often do not have classes together making it difficult to meet members of the department and outside the department. “We also love it when non-majors join the club so that we can connect with even more perspectives,” said Gonas. The Fashion Council has several events planned for the Fall semester including a sleepover party, plans to see House of Gucci, a Halloween Scavenger Hunt and a Christmas Party. The sleepover will consist of members showing up in their pajamas and playing sleepover games, trivia, or a Kahoot and showing a movie. The games could include prizes. The Halloween Scavenger Hunt is similar to Hurst Day where there are teams of 3-4 competing, clues are spread around campus and there will be prizes for the best costumes and the winners of the scavenger hunt. The plans for House of Gucci currently consist of renting a movie theater, partnering with the Modern Cinema Club and rides would be provided for members who do not have a car. The Christmas Party, an annual event hosted by the Fashion Council, could consist of a gingerbread decorating contest, and members will probably be dressed in ugly sweaters or Christmas pajamas. Other plans for the spring semester include a Galentine’s Day Party, St. Patrick’s Day event and an Easter event. The Galentine’s Day event will include a competition, pictures and candy. The St. Patrick’s Day event will include making a t-shirt that represents the spirit of the holiday. The Easter event may feature an egg hunt. The Fashion Council meets twice a month and the next meeting will be during the week of Sept. 27. “It [the meeting] will probably be that Thursday. We try to keep the meetings during the week, so people can go to them in case they go home on the weekends,” said Gonas. The general meeting includes competitions and allows club members to enjoy a positive environment where they can speak about fashion and socialize. If interested you can DM @mercyhurst-fashion on Instagram or you can email Gonas at Abigail EylerStaff writer