Wide-eyed fashion design students and international modeling students, all from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, watch from the ramp at the temporary catwalk in the center of the Wick Alumni Center. It was 7 p.m. Saturday and Global Glam: An Evening of Fashion, Diversity and Community was just getting started. The air was filled with hard-hitting techno beats, nervous excitement and the light puff of Chanel No. 5 from one of the many glamorously dressed audience members.
Natalie Baskin, International Navigator for UNL Student Success and Global Glam Coordinator, stood nervously in the corner of the room. The fashion show hadn’t started yet, but she was busy arranging note cards for the closing statement she would be giving at the end of the night. She explained that the main idea behind the event was to give every type of student a space to comfortably express themselves and their different fashion tastes.
“The aim of this fashion show is to bring together students of all different nationalities, sexes, shapes, sizes. We promote diversity, inclusivity and community,” Baskin said. “This is the first of many Global Glam fashion shows, hopefully.”
The main event of the fashion show took place in the late evening. International students strutted down the runway while wearing traditional attire from their home countries. Models from Afghanistan, Japan, Bangladesh and India represented just a few of the countries celebrated in the parade.
The international student models proudly showed off their outfits to applause and cheers from the audience. Some models even danced traditional dances as they walked down the catwalk. Long silk robes in beautiful colors and patterns shimmered charmingly under the dim lights. Male models wearing sunglasses and wearing linen pants with button-up shirts in different colors also made their entrance.
Global Glam was also an event for UNL fashion design students to show off their clothes. Students typically show off their designs at Omaha Fashion Week, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the week of fashion festivities has been postponed for two springs in a row.
The spring-themed pattern collection was intricate. Green and pastel pink crochet dresses and silver and black two-piece sets were just a few of the designs the public eyed. The collection consisted of something for everyone with formal wear and streetwear themed clothing.
Local retailers also made an appearance at the fashion show. During one of the multiple intermissions, items from stores such as Sapahn and Euphoria were raffled off for lucky ticket holders.
Next, the retailers’ creations were showcased on the runway. Ready-to-wear pieces such as raincoats and multicolored belted dresses were just some of the clothes worn by the models.
Throughout Global Glam, the models had fun. They all confidently walked the runway and showed various poses to the photographers.
The fashion show went quickly with just one hitch during the International Student Show when the lights went out completely. The issue was quickly resolved and the show continued amidst a few wandering laughs.
Mary Lonergan, a sophomore in textiles, merchandising and fashion design who modeled junior Rayven Culliver’s Martian ensemble, eloquently summed up the night by casually leaning against a column at the front of the building.
“It was a beautiful fashion show,” Lonergan said. “The international students’ clothes were super fun to see and they’re all so gorgeous. I hope it happens again next year.”