The Oberlin Review

Fashion Show “Look Black At It” Celebrates 50 Years of Africana Studies

Nathan Carpenter, Editor-in-Chief

February 28, 2020

The 50-year anniversary of Oberlin’s Africana Studies department was celebrated in style at the Black History Month Fashion Show last Saturday. This year’s event was themed “Look Black At It: 50 Years of Fashion.” College third-year Jasmine Mitchell was one of the event’s key organizers. She said that the planning committee started putting the show together about six months ago. “[We began] with ideas for the theme, creating a budget to support the ideas we had, then reaching out to models and makeup artists, contacting photographers, getting a DJ, and, finally, numerous rehearsals,” Mitchell wrote in an email to the Review. “This year … really focused on the importance of knowing Black histo...

Students in Black By Popular Demand: The Black History Month Fashion Show. From left to right: sophomore Nia Lewis, sophomore Mikaela Howard, junior Sage Petrone, first-year Deverrick McAllister, and sophomore Kristen Harris.

BHM Fashion Show Celebrates Black Culture, Body Expression

March 1, 2019

Black Oberlin student and faculty models took to the runway to showcase Black beauty and style in Black By Popular Demand: The Black History Month Fashion Show. This year’s show took place on Saturday, Feb. 23 in the Root Room of Carnegie Building.  Representing different themes — including ’90s, thrift, and formal wear — each featured collection focused on the many ways Black culture has permeated today’s popular media and mainstream styles. Each ensemble flowed differently, and eac...

Nae McClain and LePriya White pose in a photo which was featured on the Oberlin Spectrum Instagram account.

Instagram Account Highlights POC Fashion on Campus

November 16, 2018

Oberlin Spectrum has been filling Instagram feeds with looks from POC since November 2017, with the goal of providing a fashionable safe space for students of color. Originally a personal project, the page has grown exponentially in recent months. The creators have introduced submissions, broadened their understanding of the meaning of representation, and begun seeking a greater presence on campus. College junior Sheng Kao originally created the account. She began collecting photos from people...

Audrey Horning, Professor of Anthropology.

Audrey Horning, Anthropologist

April 13, 2018

Audrey Horning is an Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the College of William & Mary. Her career has spanned from the directorship of an archaeological dig at the colonial site of Jamestown to extensive work studying and chronicling the relationship between culture and conflict in Northern Ireland. A fellow at the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice at Queen’s University Belfast, Horning came to Oberlin Wednesday for a talk funde...

Creative director, producer, and College senior Kiela Nelson, designer Imani Kutti, and models pose at “Sankofa Remix’d: Reclaiming My Fly,” the Black History Month Fashion Show.

Black Community Reclaims Its Fly at Sankofa Remix’d

March 9, 2018

Black History Month came to a beautiful end with the “Sankofa Remix’d: Reclaiming My Fly” fashion show last Saturday. The show featured Black models, designers, singers, rappers, and dancers from both Oberlin College and The Djapo Cultural Arts Institute in Cleveland. College senior Kiela Nelson, the creative director of the show, attributed her vision for the cultural showcase to her semester abroad in Senegal. “We came up with this title ‘Reclaiming My Fly,’ because sankofa means go...

College first-year Mee-Ae Chatman-Nelson models a piece from sophomore Sophie Umazi Mvurya’s fashion collection in the sold-out show Runway Through Africa. The event raised over $750 for the Yakubu Saaka Scholarship Fund, which aims to fully cover the tuition of an African student.

‘Runway Through Africa’ Models High Fashion in Sold-Out Shows

April 11, 2014

Who says that fashion is always vain? Models sporting College sophomore Sophie Umazi Mvurya’s fashion collection, titled “Umazi,” strutted down the catwalk last Friday and Saturday at Runway Through Africa; between the two sold-out shows, the event raised $757 for the Yakubu Saaka Scholarship Fund, which aims to fully cover the Oberlin College tuition of an African student. The show, sponsored by the African Student Association, Abusua and Students of Caribbean Ancestry, also succeeded artist...

Nostalgia: Looking Good Never Goes Out of Style — 1980s

Liv Combe, Editor-in-Chief

September 16, 2011

Here you have it: a fashion column about the Obies of yesteryear! Picking back up from where we left off last year, we finally come to the 1980s, the first decade that a few current students were actually alive for. With the explosion of MTV onto the youth scene in 1981, pop culture was changed forever. Now that the latest musicians and actors were more accessible than they had ever been — the click of a button was all it took to catch a Brat Pack movie or watch Madonna’s “Like A Virgin” music video — it meant that everyday people could be as up-to-date on trends as the stars who were setting them. For the young, hip crowd, like these Obies perched on Wilder Porch, fashion was at their fingertips. From...

Nostalgia: A Column About Vintage Fashion

Liv Combe, News Editor

April 22, 2011

After the frugality of the Great Depression ended, American women could finally afford to buy clothes again. This meant that they could splurge on clothes that used more fabric than necessary: Though small, details like gathers, decorative pockets and pleats were signs of luxury and freedom. This came to a screeching halt with the beginning of World War II, when every available scrap of extra material had to be sent over to Europe to aid in the war effort. By 1942, rationing was in full swing, and materials like silk, nylon, wool and leather were no longer readily available. During the 1940s, the hourglass shape was in, and the popularity of the silhouette continued the previous decade’s emphasis on the female body....

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