Centre College and Centro Latino, a local organization working for healthcare and education for the Latinx community, will host “Cultural Threads,” a fashion show featuring Lexington designer and activist Soreyda Begley, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. in the Combs Warehouse. The event is a convocation talk with Q&A, as well as a fashion show and musical extravaganza, with a performance by Centre’s African drum ensemble.
Due to Begley’s experience with working in sweat shops as a teenager in Honduras, she is an advocate for fair trade, sustainable fashion, fair working conditions and women’s rights. The designs are inspired by and dedicated to the Garifuna people of Honduras.
Models for the fashion show include a diverse group of 11 students and one staff member. Students will also be assisting with hair and makeup.
Amanda DeWitt, sustained community dialogues VISTA member, said the purpose of the event is to showcase how fashion and artistry can be used to exercise solidarity, activism and advocacy, in addition to highlighting the culture of the Garifuna people of Honduras and celebrate Afro-Latino culture.
The event will also include a raffle showcasing local artists and businesses. All proceeds will benefit Centro Latino.
“I am on the board of Centro Latino and have interacted with some of the students who volunteer with Centro Latino,” DeWitt said. “I have worked with Soreyda in the past and, as we were thinking about fundraising ideas for Centro Latino, Soreyda came to mind, which gave me the idea of hosting a fashion show to raise money for Centro Latino. Once we decided to make it a convocation, we eliminated the entry fee and added the raffle component to showcase local artists and restaurants.”
DeWitt said this is an important event because it involves collaboration with community partners, provides funds for a community agency, showcases the Afro-Latino culture and promotes diversity and inclusion through the arts.
IF YOU GO
A talk & fashion show by designer Soreyda Begley
Feb. 28 at 7 p.m.
by Kerry Steinhofer
February 27, 2019