The Visual Merchandising Club held its “Cliques” fashion show Thursday in the Hadley Union Building (HUB) Ohio Room. The outfits were similar to those seen in shows like “Freaks and Geeks” (top).

Everyone either loathes or loves the infamous high school cliques portrayed both in real life and in film. 

The IUP Visual Merchandising Club created a show based on stereotypical high school cliques, which was put on Thursday night in the Hadley Union Building (HUB) Ohio Room. The show contained looks from four common high school cliques:  jocks, mean girls, nerds and goths. 

The club, run by president Julia Anderson, focuses on inspiring members to use their creative talents. 

“I think our show was seamless,” Anderson (junior, fashion merchandising) said. “It was definitely one of our best shows.”

The models walked to popular music, with clips of high school flicks on screen behind them. Some of the clips were from “Mean Girls,” “Clueless” and the television show “The Carrie Diaries.”

The attire featured strongly reflected each category chosen for the show. 

The jock clique outfits featured sports attire, such as sports jerseys, windbreakers and T-shirts with Pennsylvania sports teams on them. The jock outfits were model Lena Lundy’s (sophomore, fashion merchandising) favorite. 

“It’s what I wear in real life,” Lundy said. “It was all totally my style.” 

The models who dressed like “mean girls” wore tight skirts, lots of pink-colored and silky materials, as well as heeled shoes. 

The models not only looked the part of each clique but portrayed the attitude, too. Many of them used their body language and facial expressions to create personas which reflected the outfits they wore. 

Each semester, the Visual Merchandising Club puts on one fashion show. 

During the semester, the club participates in other activities as well, like creating mood boards, photoshoots and using their visual merchandising skills to create window displays on the second floor of Ackerman Hall. 

Though the fashion shows are fun to both put on as well as watch, both club and audience attendance dwindles, Anderson said.

“If I’m being truthful, I wish more people would be involved in the club, especially from our major,” Anderson said. “We all just wish we had a higher attendance at the show, too.” 

The Visual Merchandising Club is one of two fashion-based clubs at IUP, with the other being the Fashion Association, which also puts on one fashion show a semester. 

Students do not have to be fashion majors to be a part of the clubs. The Visual Merchandising Club meets once a week on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. in Ackerman Hall. For more information about the club, contact Julia Anderson at MDXX@iup.edu.

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