by Katherine Parker
The Norman Transcript
NORMAN — An array of culture will come together through dance and fashion for a spectacular fright on Oct. 31 during “Spectrum: The Art of Culture, Fashion and Dance.”
The event, sponsored by Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, will raise money for the University of Oklahoma School of Dance. In celebration of the museum’s new exhibition, “Libertad de Expresión,” some of the fashion will reference “Libertad,” Matthew Griffin, event coordinator said. “Libertad de Expresión” opens Oct. 5 and showcases Latin American artists promoted by the Organization of American States during the Cold War.
The fashion show fundraiser was started in 2011 by Derrick Minter, OU associate professor of modern dance. Minter said he chose to do a fashion show because he had many friends in fashion and thought a fashion show would present dance in a positive light while introducing many campus boutiques to the community.
“I wanted to showcase dance in another kind of way that people aren’t used to,” Minter said. “Our catwalk isn’t like a normal runway show. We incorporate dance into the whole event.”
With a dark Halloween theme, this year’s fashion show will have everything from casual to formal attire. Singers and belly dancers will perform as well as campus fraternities and sororities. Miss Oklahoma 2012 Lauren Lundeen, a student at the OU School of Dance, will be a featured model. Costumes from OU School of Fine Art’s costume department will also be a highlight of the show.
The fundraiser will top off the night with a performance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” choreographed by Kiosh O’Neal Monroe, OU modern dance student. Monroe said he planned on keeping the choreography traditional but might add his own twist and that fashion show attendees would just have to wait and see.
About 20 of the fashion models will be dance majors, and Griffin said he hoped the fundraiser would make the OU community aware of the talent in the OU School of Dance.
“That’s the beauty of this event, it ties so many things together — fashion, dance, student talent and the museum exhibit,” he said.
Tickets for the fundraiser are $10 and available by phone at 281-777-7178 and at the door during the event. Tickets also will be available in the OU Memorial Union beginning Oct. 21. Spectrum will run 7-9 p.m. Guests must be 18 or older to attend.
In conjunction with the fashion show, museum student ambassadors will host a student Halloween pre-party at the museum. Music, raffle drawings and a photo booth will entertain guests. Jessica Farling, curator of academic programs at the museum, said student ambassadors are encouraging guests to dress-up, especially in artist or artwork inspired costumes.
“If you dress in costume, you will get a ticket to enter the raffle,” Farling said. “If you dress-up as an artist or artwork, you will get two tickets for the raffle.”
The student Halloween pre-party is free. Students can check out the museum’s Pinterest, pinterest.com/ffjma, for costume inspiration and ideas. For more information about the pre-party, visit ou.edu/fjjma.
FashionShow1.jpg: Derrick Minter (center), fashion show founder and choreographer, instructs models during fashion show prep. From left, Megan Storey, Derrick Minter and Zeek Wright.
FashionShow2.jpg: Omar Humphrey, Tyrone Speller and Ryan Moore practice for the runway.