The Hybrid Cultural Costumes: International Talent and Fashion Show

By Dani Watts

The Office of International Student Affairs and International Student Council hosted their first International Talent and Fashion Show on the night of March 17 at the Kent Student Center Ballroom.

International students participated in the event by showcasing fashion on the runway and performing traditional dancing.

Paige Pinijkuldee, a sophomore fashion merchandising major, represented her home place of Thailand to show its traditional costume.

By Dani Watts

“My cloth is from the central part of Thailand,” Pinijkuldee said. “It has a significance of blue silk scarf and long dress with accessories and jewelry in gold color on the outwear.”

Sunayana Marlapati, a graduate student of digital sciences, wore an eight meter long Saree dress from South India with a necklace, bracelets and pair of earrings.

“For the Southern styles, there are three different types: half Saree, Dupatta and Lehanga,” Marlapati said. “We always wear them in traditional occasions and festivals. The Saree I wear now is brown and blue with border stripe on the right shoulder.”

The International Talent and Fashion Show was not only a great time for the international students, but also for the council’s committees.

“The show is amazing, and I really enjoy it,” said Hanwen Zhou, a sophomore managerial marketing major. “As I am one of the committees of the International Student Council, I am so happy that the event ended successfully.”

Zhou wore a purple silk Tangzhuang with a slightly transparent cloak for the fashion show.

By Dani Watts

The participants of the International Talent and Fashion Show enjoyed the event by paying homage to their countries.

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