Posing for Peace – A Fashion Show & Exploration

Submitted by Genevieve Bleidner '13 on December 22, 2009

cas_news_posingforpeaceAfter months of preparation, the Posing for Peace Fashion Show was a hit – with a large turnout, many models, and donated clothing. The show, which took place on Monday, December 7 in the lower level of the BCC, was a program set in motion by Program Director Chandler Oliphant ’12, and was sponsored by the Humanities Institute in the College of Arts and Sciences, Center for Catholic Studies, Black Studies, Women’s Studies, Politics Department, History Department, the Visual and Performing Arts Theatre Program, JUHAN, and Students for Social Justice.

The fashion show, presented by the Peace and Justice Studies program here at Fairfield, followed the theme of the peace sign that is so prominent in consumer culture today. It tracked whether or not companies that emblazon this logo actually practice peaceful and fair policies, and questioned the public on their thoughts when they see the symbol on shirts, jewelry, and other objects.

cas_news_posingforpeace2The event began with a brief introduction and live music, followed by Chandler giving an explanation of her project and the research she put into it. She explained the idea behind the project, and then handed the stage over to the models who were outfitted in peace sign clothing and accessories from students on campus, who kindly donated items for the evening. Following a brief intermission and the second half of the show, Dr. Boryczka took the stage for a few words on activism and getting involved in the community.

Chandler did an amazing job with her work, and the much-anticipated event went smoothly thanks to her and all the help she received from the Fairfield community.

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