Communication Connection

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12th Annual Dress for Success Fashion Show

Friday, June 06, 2014

By: Emily Rosati

Are you wondering what it takes to look professional? UNCW’s Communication Studies Society hosted “Dress for Success: Avoid a Fashion Scandal” on March 21 at 12:15 pm in the Warwick Center Ballroom on campus. The theme of the show was “Don’t Get Caught in a Fashion Scandal, Find Your Perfect Fit” and it featured business attire that showed students how to compose themselves in a workplace situation.

The event offered tips on how to dress professionally and helped students to realize not only what their image communicates, but also what their choices and actions say.  It gave the audience the opportunity to network with alumni, community leaders, and local professionals. It was a truly eye opening experience and was open to all students as well as the public for free.

Co-coordinator and event host Jessica Coleman stated, “The main message of the event is that having a professional image is of utmost importance and many things go into creating a professional image, not just a suit and tie.” The event was meant to show the audience that image is more than what you wear; there are many other factors such as nonverbal cues, one’s resume, and how you answer interview questions.

This event was organized by COM professor Jennifer Chin, who worked with dedicated students in order to plan the show. The co-coordinators included Jessica Coleman, Rebecca Hobbs, and Mary Kresge. Volunteers, models, and the television studio production team, led by Mr. Rich Pezzuolo and students Caitlin Dula and David Cusick, were also involved.

Dress for Success was specifically important to the COM department as it has been a tradition for the past 12 years. The event was tied into COM Studies Day, a daylong celebration of the Department of Communication Studies. This presented students with the opportunity to learn how to successfully take their next step after college. It allowed different disciplines within the major to come together as a team and understand and appreciate all that the department has to offer.

The event was more than just a fashion show; it included tips, skits, raffles, feedback from faculty and local professionals, and even a Top COM Model Contest, which was won by senior Connor Buss and sophomore Mckenzie Bass. The audience continues to expand every year; approximately 150 students attended this event, making it the most successful fashion show yet.