“I feel like we’re in inertia,” president of the CofC Fashion Club Kaylee Lass said. Lass, a junior and Arts Management and Historic Preservation major, has recently been negotiating changes to the club during this academic year. The club saw an influx of new members with last fall’s freshmen class, but all members present at the club’s founding three years ago have since graduated. In this transitional period, the club is trying to find its identity.
There are no regular meetings of the Fashion Club. Instead, members meet whenever there is a project to work on. Last semester, the club held a fashion show to collect canned goods at King Dusko with designer JLINSNIDER. They organize a fashion show on campus every April. This semester, Lass is discussing a potential partnership with the REACH Program to mentor students on dressing for different occasions.
The Fashion Club has also been involved with Charleston Fashion Week, which runs March 17-21. This year, five of the club’s fifteen active members have volunteered during rehearsals and model casting. Last year’s president, Tessa Silvernale, served as personal assistant to Charleston Fashion Week creator Ayoka Lucas, and this year Fashion Club founder Chloe Boward is interning with the hair and makeup team.
“I think as a city, Charleston’s fashion industry is really underrated. People don’t realize it’s here,” Lass said. With no specific major or minor for students interested in the fashion industry, Lass hopes that Fashion Club “becomes a useful tool and resource.”
However, Lass emphasized that the club is open to more than just students aspiring to jobs in design or fashion buying. “If you just like to wear cool clothes or cute things, you could come to Fashion Club, too,” she said.
Ultimately, Lass hopes that the Fashion Club can become a community where members talk and share their talents. “Fashion,” she said, “is not just about picking out an outfit, but if you like graphic design, or photography, or film, or writing—there are so many aspects that go into the fashion industry. It would be really cool to have everyone be involved in that.”