Gannon University’s Fashion for Success

Posted: November 26, 2013

Most people go to fashion shows to see the clothes they should be wearing in the coming season. But for a group of Gannon University students on the day before Halloween, a fashion show presented costumes that never should  be worn--not to a job interview, at least.

It was the Fall Professionalism Fashion Show sponsored by the Student Pennsylvania State Education Association chapter at Gannon's School of Education. With a "dress for success" theme, the presentation showcased various job-seeking fashion don'ts. Call it the premiere of the not-ready-to-wear collection.

In a twist, students modeled the appropriate fashions while faculty members donned sweatpants, hoodies and fleecy boots to illustrate inappropriate wardrobe choices for the working teacher.

For sophomore early childhood/special education major Leah Roscoe, it was an eye-opening experience. "Seeing [the faculty models] reinforces how teachers are held to higher standards. We're representatives of Gannon University and of the teaching profession, and dressing is part of that."

Erie retailers Clothes Mentor and Marshalls generously loaned clothing and accessories from their name brand designers for students to model. Fairview Elementary School Principal Ben Horn spoke to students about how to be a professional in the workplace and gave important tips and information about interviewing.

The Student Pennsylvania State Education Association helps future teachers in teacher preparation, provides a student voice in educational issues, promotes civil rights of students, and helps stimulate high ideals in ethics, standards and attitudes.

At the end of the show, a makeover basket with more than $150 from Marshalls, Panache Salon and by the "Makeover Monday " segment aired by Erie television stations JET 24 and FOX 66, was raffled off to help one lucky student get a jump start on her professional wardrobe-a fashion do