Howard University is an HBCU with undeniable talent and an extremely ambitious student body. Mona Dinal, a junior Business Management major from Brooklyn, NY, recently curated an event with the goal to promote black owned business from Howard University students and local Washington, D.C. residents.

Her passion for both fashion and beauty industries inspired her to curate an event that allowed brands from both worlds to collaborate. Dinal single-handedly brainstormed, organized, and executed this event, including having vendors, a fashion show, multiple panels on entrepreneurship, and numerous sponsors.

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Leon Funchess, a junior at Howard University attended the event to support his friends who showcased their brands in the fashion show. He said, “the name evolution exhibition kind of speaks to how much I’ve seen a lot of my friends grow up.  They started out with t-shirts. Now, they have sweatshirts, my friend Chloe has vests and all of that, it’s remarkable to see their brands grow.”

The event, Evolution Exhibition: The Journey of Fashion and Beauty by People of Color, had guest speakers, vendors, and a fashion show. Vendors at the event included Capsulated, Trophy Year Apparel, The Players Club, PopxTwo, and Baldie Revolution.

There was even free giveaways from companies such as SpokeHub and Shea Moisture.

Dinal, the event curator, recalls the Evolution Exhibition as the “perfect networking place, perfect event to showcase new vendors, and the perfect way for my Howard family to come out and support one another in an awesome, informal time and enjoy themselves.”