On the 23rd June this year, Rochester’s first Cultural Fashion Show took place inspired by Multicultural Week at the Rochester Grammar School. Being an event of culture and diversity, students were able to represent themselves through fashion and style. There was a clear message maintained throughout this touching event: it was to be inclusive, representative and a celebration of all cultures within the school, particularly those marginalised from the world of fashion and the modelling industry.
Students from the Rochester Grammar School, of all ages, creeds and colours contributed to this event by modelling traditional and contemporary styles. During the interval, performances by local entertainers such as the RGS Gospel Group and RachelTindePoetry inspired and moved the audience through music and spoken word. Artwork by RGS students with cultural features and connotations of proudness and tradition were on display throughout, giving all areas of the arts a spotlight.
The event was a huge success. With special guest speeches from finalist Mayokemi Miss Nigeria UK and a speech from director Elizabeth Demuren, the audience were moved and inspired to succeed and be great, regardless of the lack of visibility in the media and workplace, and any cultural differences. All students involved worked incredibly hard to bring together this evening of art with outstanding catwalks, boosting confidence and passion. The beautiful décor and lighting added to such an incredible atmosphere with silver service canapé’s and homemade Caribbean style punch to wash it down!
A special thanks to all who contributed to make Rochester’s Cultural Fashion Show such a pleasurable evening. I am proud of everyone involved and was moved by the reception received after the event by students, guests, teachers and parents. Congratulations to all involved, we did this together.