Learn to dress for success

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By Christie Tavera

sac-ranger@alamo.edu

A fashion show at noon March 23 in the Fiesta Room of Loftin Student Center will showcase the offerings of the Magic Closet.

Magic Closet is an on-campus thrifty boutique that helps build a professional wardrobe for potential job interviews and networking events.

Founded 18 years ago, the Magic Closet, powered by Network Power/Texas, set out on a mission to help women dress to impress as they transitioned from college to career.

With support from the Alamo Colleges and the surrounding professional community, the Magic Closet collects donations year-round for the store.

“The idea was to collect gently worn professional attire from our professional women supporters to supply upcoming women students their attire for interviews,” volunteer and supporter Mamie Campbell said.

Campbell, a graduate of this college whose experience in retail spans three decades, presented the idea at a meeting at The Magic Time Machine; hence, the name Magic Closet.

“We celebrate Women’s History Month all year-round through our fundraising efforts that go toward our scholarships,” Campbell said during a phone interview. “While in school, women need to lend themselves not just to the academic world, but they need to interact with people that give them the polished image and networking etiquette.”

Campbell is also excited about the Magic Closet partnering with the continuing education department to help prepare women in professional development.

Because the Magic Closet operates with the help of community volunteers, students must schedule appointments by calling 210-219-1285.

Faculty and community professionals are also encouraged to schedule donation drop offs by calling the same number.

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