Black and Gold Fashion Show brings out the community in support of MU Tigers

The runway, traditionally dominated by high fashion influencers, flourished with the struts and strides of University of Missouri football coaches and their spouses.

The Tiger Quarterback Club hosted the 17th annual Black and Gold Fashion Show at the Hampton Inn & Suites off of Fellows Place on Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 5:30 p.m.

The scene was perfectly set for an authentic fashion show with candlelight and a full-fledged runway. Proceeds from the evening would go toward the Tiger Scholarship Fund. Ticket sales and auctioned prizes translated into recruitment and game day activities for the tigers.

Jo Ellen Milner, the coordinator of the event, stepped onto the stage for her 17th fashion show. The wardrobe was provided by Dillard’s, American Shoe and Chico’s. Milner noted that the flower arrangements were unique to the spirit of the event.

“Busch’s Florist is the only floral shop licensed to paint black stripes onto the gold roses,” Milner said. “It is one part of our show that people look forward to.”

The featured models sported attire suitable for a game-day tailgate or a Mizzou Alumni banquet. All items worn, in addition to several other valuable pieces such as an autographed football, were auctioned off or sold at the end of the event.

MU student and event attendee Austyn Kloth shared the excitement of the crowd.

“Seeing how professors, students, alumni and people from behind the scenes all came together to support the football team this season was really uplifting,” Kloth said.

Milner noted that every seat in the room had been paid for.

“It’s so great to feel the love of our labor,” Milner said. “And of course, the larger the audience, the more money we make for the athletic department.”

The Black and Gold Fashion Show brought out many familiar faces. MU women’s basketball player Sophie Cunningham could be spotted in the crowd, and KOMU news anchor Megan Judy served at the podium as a mistress of ceremony.

“Many of our audience members are repeats that have been attending for years,” Milner said. “We must be doing something right!”

After two months of preparation and with the help of 29 businesses, The Black and Gold Fashion Show continues to be a fan-favorite at MU. This year’s showcase proved that the magic behind a touchdown reaches far beyond the field.

Sierra Walsh

About the Author Sierra Walsh

Growing up in an urban setting led me to an extremely diverse FFA chapter. Through my four years in the organization, I learned so much about myself and the others around me. I found confidence in my nontraditional foundations within the program. I assumed the roles of chapter president and area VI historian during my junior and senior years. My heart is drawn to the balance between feeding the world and understanding the world that we are feeding. The idea that every living and thinking creature on the planet is connected to one another by their requirement for nutrition fascinates me and inspires me to make a name for myself in agriculture.