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Metamorphosis Fashion Show supports domestic violence awareness

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Models strutted in clothes for a cause Thursday evening. 

Wings of Hope staff, Oklahoma State University students and community members volunteered their time to put on the Metamorphosis Fashion Show. 

October is domestic violence awareness month, and for the past nine years, the Wings of Hope Family Crisis Services has presented a fashion show supporting domestic violence awareness.

Attendees saw clothing from 20 local stores from the surrounding area as well as bigger stores, such as CATO, TJ Maxx and Rue 21.

The night started with the models showing stunning dresses the OSU Department of Theatre made. They changed quickly into clothing from local stores. 

One of the brightest moments of the night was Carissa Gabilheri’s clothing line. Gabilheri, an OSU graduate, designs clothes with LED lights on them. 

Seannah Miller and Joyce Big Soldier-Miller walked on the runway for the Iowa Tribe. They showed traditional dresses that had been handmade, one of which took over a year to make.

Once all the models walked for the local businesses, the show went on to present clothing students had made. These outfits were created completely out of recycled goods, such as newspaper and tarps.  

All of the students designed an outfit that portrayed how they saw the effects of domestic violence. Judges had already made their evaluations the night before the show, and the top three designers were Akhilaa Akurathi in first place, Chandler Craven in second place and Kara Rainey in third.

Akurathi, a student from India, said she did not initially have much knowledge about domestic violence and that most of her information came from what she has heard people talk about.

“There is not as much of an awareness about domestic violence in India,” Akurathi said. “This helped me think through the aspect of domestic violence.”

Akurathi talked about how her piece was based off of a soft-hard concept. She had the idea that the softness of the coffee filters on her designed outfit would give hope and comfort to victims and help them understand that everyone deserves to be happy again. 

“No matter how difficult things get, there will always be something great around the corner,” she said.

Hannah Haines had a different approach going into designing her piece. She made her outfit completely out of greeting cards. She used these cards to signify that isolation is the first step in the wheel of violence, and the cards were a way to let people know that they were loved and not alone.

Haines also used a net around her model’s neck to show the act of choking in domestic violence.

“I was really affected by the idea of choking, how it’s a really bad sign,” Haines said. “I couldn’t get that out of my head. It’s one of those things that you hear, and it’s shocking, and it should be.”