Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. will bring a little bit of class and fashion to UT tonight.
The "If Looks Could Kill" fashion show event begins at 7:08 p.m. to keep with the tradition of the sorority that was founded in 1908. It is the final campus event of AKA spring week 2014, which is titled "AmerAKAn Hustle."
Diane Tate, a senior double majoring in communication studies and political science, is a member of the programming committee of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. and was delegated by the fashion show to coordinate the event.
"We wanted to conclude AKA week with an upscale event that would be welcoming and fun to all of campus," Tate said.
The fashion show will consist of three segments, Tate said. There will be street wear, business attire and all black attire.
Members of UT modeling organization P.O.S.E. (People of Style and Education) will walk in the fashion show, as well as contestants from the Multicultural Mentoring Program's Freshmen Pageant and the men of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc.
"Students will get the opportunity to see their fellow peers' creative expression through fashion and can also expect live music and good crowd interaction from the host," Tate said.
While this is a new event from Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Tate said she is hopeful that it will become annual.
For Asa McMullen, a senior majoring in business and a model for P.O.S.E., the event gives her a chance to enjoy her love of fashion. She said it would be very elaborate thanks to some "great ideas" from the executive boards of both P.O.S.E. and AKA. McMullen added that the event is an exciting way to see fashion and to see the African-American organizations on campus come together and branch out.
"I feel like, on this campus, you don't really get to see much of the fashion aspect," McMullen said. "Occasionally there will be a few shows pop up every now and again, but this is definitely a great way to see the creative side of other students, and also just to support UT as a whole and encourage diversity."
Fashion has always been something that has interested McMullen, and she thinks the collaboration between Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. and P.O.S.E. was a great idea.
"I think they've come up with a really excellent show, and I'm honestly excited and honored to be in it," McMullen said.
Chelsie Allen, a freshman majoring in food science and technology with a concentration in pre-dentistry, is also modeling in the show. She said she has always been into fashion because it is a great way to express oneself.
"I think the fashion show is a fun, creative way of providing students with different outfit choices, for both males and females," Allen said. "It also benefits students in several other aspects, and I am excited to be involved with such an impactful event."
Allen said she would definitely recommend the event to friends, as well as all UT students, because it gives insight on appearance from everyday clothing to office attire.
"I do not want to spoil the surprises that are in store, so just wait on it," Allen said. "This is an event you do not want to miss."
The "If Looks Could Kill" fashion show will be held in the UC Auditorium at 7:08 p.m. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. and admission is $5 at the door.