Nearly 30 Corning Community College (CCC) students celebrated cultural diversity in the College’s first-ever international fashion show this week. Dressed in traditional garb from countries on five continents and accompanied by native music, students showcased fashions from around the world for a lunchtime crowd of faculty, staff, and students.
Organized by Mickdaelle Etienne, president of the International Club at CCC, the fashion show was designed to let people walk in another’s shoes, if only for two minutes on the catwalk.
“I want people to experience another culture,” said Etienne, who comes to CCC from Haiti. “We have Americans wearing African outfits and Haitians—me—wearing traditional American styles. CCC is a very diverse community. This is a chance for all of us to learn about where our friends and neighbors come from and to celebrate the diversity that is in our own backyard.”
Etienne is majoring in math and science major and is expected to graduate in May 2014.
"I am very proud of all those who made this show possible," said Sandra Turner-Vicioso, professor of communications and humanities and advisor to the International Club. "Fashion shows are about the details and hard work, and these students have handled every aspect, including the overall message that encourages cultural understanding, thoughtfully and expertly."