BRONZE ELEGANCE FASHION SHOW is the first fashion organization at the University of Michigan. Since 1978, we strive to promote self-expression through individuality, diversity, and culture. Our annual "Show with Fashion" serves to break down social stereotypes and display creativity while raising money for an important charitable cause. We hope to convey the idea that beauty has no standard, and inspire others to explore the boundlessness of their own imagination.
In the winter of 1978, Bronze Elegance Fashion Show established its first multicultural fashion show created by the multicultural council of Alice Lloyd Residence Hall, MYSTIC. Throughout the 70's, the University of Michigan faced many racial discriminatory acts and injustices against minority students, which prompted Bronze Elegance to make a difference on campus. Founded under the principle of cultural expression through entertainment, design, creativity, and fashion, Bronze Elegance aimed to develop a unified, safe environment for students on campus regardless of different backgrounds and social inequalities. Instead of only accepting students who belonged to the majority or accepting only those of a minority group, they chose models who exhibited and possessed different cultures, sizes, religions, sexual orientations, etc. The Bronze Elegance Fashion Show has now become an annual event to celebrate the beauty of diversity on the University of Michigan campus and is the most anticipated, action packed fashion show of the year. Known as a "Show with Fashion," Bronze Elegance strives to incorporate fashion with theatrical elements and cultural diversity to educate the community on the importance of creative expression and intercultural bonding.