Fashion on a budget: APB’s first Goodwill-inspired show


Student Tay Robinson modeled his Goodwill finds at the Goodwill Fashion Show Nov. 7. APB hosted the event, where there models were allowed 25 dollars to spend at Goodwill, then model their outfits on the runway.

Combining a college student budget with style, Activities Programming Board hosted their very first Goodwill Fashion show on Wednesday for a “packed house,” according to Shamell Smith, junior social work major and APB Vice President, who planned the event.

Organizations across campus were invited to register up to two of their members to participate in the fashion show, and were only allowed to shop at Goodwill and spend up to 25 dollars on their outfit.

After introducing the judges and an excellent performance by ENVI, the contestants began walking the runway one by one to show off their own unique tastes of fashion.

Though they had a tough time deciding, the judges finally chose a winner in Akia Dawson, a freshman chemistry and pre-med major.

Upon winning, Dawson said, “I’m in love with fashion. I knew I could go to Goodwill, and I could find pieces and put them together, and make it seem like it came from Nordstrom, instead of Goodwill.”

One person who was very excited about the success of the event was Smith, the brains behind the evening, who said, “Although it was very stressful, planning it, and actually seeing my plan executed was very fulfilling.”

Freshmen Service Leadership Committee received tickets for front row seating at the PostSecret event on Nov. 13th, thanks to Dawson’s keen sense of fashion.

“This is a passion for me, and I loved every bit of it,” Dawson said.