Brown Threads: Behind the Scenes of Fashion@Brown’s Fall Photo Shoot

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Interested in the latest trends on the Brown college campus? Curious as to how one keeps their outfits on fleek up in the temperamental Providence weather? Don’t understand fashion at all and want a place to start? Welcome to Brown Threads – the only place to get the inside scoop on fashion at Brown! My name is Abby Espiritu, and I’m here to help you learn all about all looking chic and fabulous on campus.

Hello future Brownies! Welcome to Brown Threads! My name is Abby, class of 2019, and I’m so excited to share with you all the inside scoop on fashion at Brown. Beyond Brown’s regard as being an incredibly stylish school (something that I will most definitely be addressing throughout the year), there is one main outlet for all budding fashionistas to show themselves off on campus.

Fashion at Brown (F@B) is Brown’s main outlet for anyone wanting to express their creativity through clothing and style. Founded in 2010, the group’s mission statement declares that F@B “is dedicated to bringing a fashion outlet to Brown students interested in all different aspects of the fashion world.” So whether you’re itching to design a new clothing collection, hoping to take some pictures à la Vogue editorial-style, or even interested in PR and advertising, F@B is the place for you.

F@B has many events throughout the year, including their Fall Photo Shoot. For this event, F@B employs models, photographers, stylists, and hair & makeup artists to come together in an exciting, creative way.

At the beginning of the semester, I joined F@B’s “Hair and Makeup” (H/M) team. The Fall Photo Shoot, which took place over this past weekend, marked my first experience with the team. We were tasked to apply makeup and style hair for all the fashion models early Saturday morning, before they were transported to Temple to Music, the location for this year’s shoot.

For this pre-shoot prep, F@B gathered together with music, styling products, and a whole lot of makeup.

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[pictured above: our weapons of choice]

This year’s Fall Photo Shoot’s color palette would feature predominantly whites and neutrals. Thus, the H/M team was tasked to provide each model with a natural looking face and a dark vampy lip. Armed with our tools, we all got to work on our models.

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[pictured above: some MOD’s (models off duty), already made up and dressed and ready to go]

In all, the whole experience was slightly reminiscent of backstage at Fashion Week (though with less stress and more space). However, being that we only had four models to style, two of whom were men (and whose only H/M prep was a quick primer and powder), we had plenty of time and resources to style our remaining two female models. Next semester, during F@B’s annual “Brown Fashion Week” and Student Fashion Show, I definitely anticipate some more craziness in the H/M department.

Not sure what clothes pack for your next visit up to Providence? Interested in a particular style trend? Just love fashion and Brown University and want to chat? Feel free to email me at with any of your questions and concerns. Hope to see you all at Brown very soon!


2 thoughts on “Brown Threads: Behind the Scenes of Fashion@Brown’s Fall Photo Shoot

  1. this look so fun!! it's awesome that brown has a student fashion show 😀
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