UMD’s MasTERPiece showcases creative talent on campus at fashion show

MasTERPiece Fashion Club held their first fashion show Friday to end UMD Fashion Week, showcasing student and local designers’ most recent work and giving attendees with creative interests a space to network and shop artwork.

MasTERPiece, a two-year-old club founded by senior marketing major and designer Fei Mancho and Brittany McCoy, senior marketing and supply chain major and designer, has a mission to promote a fashion community on campus and give “a platform for fashion entrepreneurs and other artist interested in pursuing a career in the fashion and retail industry,” according to their mission statement. 

“…At University of Maryland, STEM is what’s really focused on…but there is a creative side to UMD and [MasTERPiece] feels like it is dying down,” sophomore communications major and MasTERPiece member Cheyanne Fogg said. “We want to bring the attention back to the creative people on campus through this fashion show.”

 

Mancho’s “Fancy Muffin” and McCoy’s “Dynasty by Brittany, along with sophmore business Major Oru Wonodi’s line, “Nova Prints,” showcased their work on the runway at Riggs Alumni Center.

“Nova Prints” by Wonodi is created to help those under the poverty line throughout the world as apart of the “Do Good Challenge.” Proceeds from the line helps donate PCV vaccinations to a village in Nigeria.

“The basis of the line is giving back,” Wonodi says. “In high school and middle school I did a lot of service but was unable to do much in college…college is where I really wanted to promote my brand so I combined the two things that I love.”

Local designers of BENNY Clothing, Michelle C. Gibson and Original Crackage also had their designs shown on the runway.

Vendors for clothing, jewelry and artwork lined up throughout the venue for attendees to shop and network.

“Fashion is still important,” Fogg says. “Its not about how you look or what you’re wearing today or tomorrow, it’s about how you feel and its the confidence that goes into it.”

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