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Abeng
Fashion
By Annie West
THIS YEAR spring fashion made
ist earliest appearance on
campus in the form of the Twelfth An-
nual Minority Arts and Cultural
Festival Fashion and Talent Show.
This high-powered spectacle, spon-
sored by the Abeng organization,
marked the close of a week-long
celebration of cultural awareness.
In a flurry of sequins and silk, the
Abeng troupe of 20 women and 13 men
dazzled an appreciative audience.
Judy Creagh, the co-chairwoman of
the fashion committee, expressed her
overall satisfaction with the models,
noting that many of them had
previous experience. She added that
none of this would have been possible
without the generous donations of
such areas merchants as Benetton,
Patricia Miles and Renaissance. In
addition, such University

organizations as the East Quad Repr-
sentative Assembly, the Michigan
Student Assembly and the Residence
Halls Association made major finan-
cial contributions.
In preparation for the show,
Creagh, with the help of her colleague
Wendy Lewis and a fashion commit-
tee,held auditions, solicited clothing,
assisted with make-up and styling as
well as choreographing runway
scenes and training the models.
In a mock bar scene, one of the four
fashion segments, couples danced
languidly across the floor showing off
the upcoming evening wear collec-
tions. The emphasis this spring
as seen in the show is on sleek, sensual
lines which accentuate the female
figure. This trend was viewed in
several of the selections including a
black, sequined Sister Max dress
form Collected Works, and a black,
drop-shouldered dress from Patricia
Miles.
For a change of pace, other outfits
included jodphur pants and a silk,
fuschia blouse as well as a black and
white polka dotted flapper-style dress
from Ayla. Renaissance offered an
elegant selection to finish off the even-

ing wear segments: a long, slim,
silver dress with a heavily jeweled
belt which gathered at the waist to ac-
centuate sensuality and a matching
gossamer cape to add highlights.
The finale, entitled "Nouveau
Vogue", captured the audience with
its quirky choreography and frenetic
musical accompaniement. Posing as
mad scientitst, three male models ex-
posed their "creations" to the audien-
ce. These "creations" were models,
each one wearing a different style.
They ran the gamut from cellophane
accessories to leopard-skinned suits,
short jumpsuits to sleeveless, floral
print tops.
Creagh spoke for herself and others
when she said that this show
represented more than just an
evening devoted to high fashion.
It was a way to gain confidence for
many of the models and it provided a
great opportunity to develop new
friendships," she added.
The most significant accom-
plishement according to Creagh was
that, "it gave people a chance to see a
different kind of beauty."
Judging from the audience respon-
se, which was nothing but positive,
this type of beauty is much ap-
preciated. With a mixture of dynamic
energy, professinalism and outstan-
ding fashion, the Abeng presentation
clearly expanded Ann Arbor's fashion
scene.

Over 2,000 pictures on display, handsomely
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and styles. Hundreds of artists represented.
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WOMEN'S WEAR
Women give 160s styles -an '80s
definitely in, according to New Image dresses for a comfortable way to look up the side. This look is certainly eye- skir
By Karen Rosenberg owner, Soon Ladd, "People generally fresh in the warmer weather. The catching, but is limited to those bodies asl
like to dress up a little more now." stores are also showing tight-fitting which have no excess. These body- ove:
There are a lot of loose, flowing sun knit dresses with cut-out backs or slits hugging, sleek lines are slso seen in pro

WELL, with spring around the
corner, the devoted shopper knows
that now is the time to get the jump on
the season's hottest fashions. ;After
all, if you plan to participate in any
serious blowing off in the Diag, you
might as well look your best in
Spring's latest. For all of you with
inquiring minds (Hey, I want to krnow)
here's a rundown of what the stores
and students have to say about their
fashion picks for the '80 s.
First and foremost, many of the
season's styles compliment those
lithe, toned bodies you've been
sweating over this past year. The
silhouettes are streamlined and
many of the materials are clingy and
body-hugging for those who have
nothing to hide. But have no fear if
you (like most of the world) succum-
bed to the munchies as a diversionary
tactic from studying, sucked down a
few too many at the bar, or paid
homage to the late-night pizza guyto
get you through a rough winter. The
oversized look is still popular, but
with a few modifications which make
it tough to rely on this style for
camouflage purposes. Those over-
sized blouses, sweaters, and blazers
can be paired with slim skirts and
tight fitting leggins for a comfortable
yet stylish look. Also, the '60s in-
fluence is widespread and can be seen
in both the clothing and accessories.
Polka dots, sleeveless turtleneck tops,
hoop earrings, medallions, and even
platform shoes are stealthily finding
their way into the stores. So for a
totally psychadelic look, man, dig out
all those groovy peace signs and go-go
boots and let's go protest, or at least
give peace another chance. Polyester
is where the fashion world has drawn
the line, luckily, in favor of natural
fibers such as cottons, linens, cotton
knits, and chambray, or stonewashed
denim. The exception to this rule is
the popularity of rayon, for the com-
fortable, flowing effect of soft tops
and unconstructed blazers. The third
big element to this spring's fashion
picture is the multitude of prints on
everything from blazers, pants, and
bathing suits to earrings, belts, and
shoes. Tropical and primitive prints
are popular, but the Jams/beach look
is what prevails. You guessed it -
Annette, Moondoogie, and Beach
Blanket Bingo are all staging a
comeback this spring.
While casual, sporty clothes are

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