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Momolu brings high fashion for ‘real women’ to UALR

Submitted by Matt Johnson on February 23, 2011 – 4:30 pmNo Comment

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Six inches of snow may have postponed it, but it couldn’t keep high fashion from gracing the runway in Little Rock. ROCK the Runway, originally scheduled in February to coincide with Black History Month, will now take place at 6 p.m., Wednesday, March 2 in the Donaghey Student Center’s Ledbetter Hall.

The runway show will feature fashion designs by Korto Momolu, who according to the UALR Web site, “provides real clothes for real women.” Momolu will be fresh off a New York’s Mercedes Benz Fashion Week’s finale appearance, where on Feb. 18, she debuted various pieces of her 2011 fall collection as part of L’Africana Night.

She is best known for her appearance on the fifth season of “Project Runway.”  Making it to the final three, she was able to show her collection at Fashion Week, where she won first runner-up. She was also presented with the fan favorite award for the season.

According to her Web site, Momolu is currently partnered with Dillard’s department stores, designing handbags and jewelry that are being sold in over 70 stores nationwide. She is also working with Madera Exotic Woods on “The Saba Collection,” which features an exclusive line of eco-friendly wood jewelry.

Born in Liberia, West Africa, Momolu now calls Arkansas home. Her fashion is inspired by the culture and place she left behind. In 1990, due to the escalating civil war, she left her homeland. She studied fashion in Canada before moving to Arkansas with her husband and daughter.

Momolu also uses her talent to help others. She was named the “Goodwill Ambassador” for the Tigerlily Foundation in 2010, and she works with other non-profits as well.

To see the show, stop by the Office of Campus Life the day of the show to get a wristband. Admission is free.

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