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Fashion Show Teaches Students How to Dress for Success

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
By Eladio Jaimez

Fashion ShowOne hardly gets a second chance to make a first impression.

And at Texas State Technical College, officials are making sure students get it right the first time.

Twice a month, the Office of Student Life hosts a Mustang Leadership Academy series during lunch aimed at teaching students critical leadership skills they would otherwise not learn in a classroom.

The latest academy consisted of a fashion show, which served as a way to teach students the proper styles for smart casual, business casual, business formal and banquet attire. All models are students at TSTC.

Supervisor of Student Activities Belinda Palomino said first impressions during interviews or other job-related functions are based on outward appearances. Palomino hopes the fashion show opened some eyes to the opportunities that can be created by simply looking sharp.

"Employers take that into consideration because they are looking for the perfect job candidate or employee that will create a good public perception for them," Palomino said. "Research has showed us that a candidate's clothing could be the deciding factor in the hiring process. You never get a second chance at first impressions."

Last year was the inaugural fashion show. This year, the show was moved indoors to the cafeteria and consisted of more models (13) than last year. Palomino said more than 40 students attended the fashion show.

All clothes were provided by J.C. Penny. Student models were fitted a few days before the event and employees from J.C. Penny delivered the clothing the day of the fashion show. JCP also donated two $75 gift cards. One gift card was awarded to one of the models and the other to one of the students in attendance.

"Students really enjoyed it," Palomino said. "We changed the location this year and we live-streamed it too. We had a much larger crowd and received a lot of positive feedback from the students and TSTC employees. It was great."

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