Courthouse Fashion Show closes out Black History Month

March 3, 2015 By Rob Abruzzese Brooklyn Daily Eagle
The Kings County court’s legendary fashion show models included Hon. Sharon A.B. Clarke, Hon. Cenceria P. Edwards, Hon. Genine Edwards, Hon. Yvonne Lewis, Hon. Sylvia G. Ash, Hon. Sharon Hudson-Williams and Hon. Evelyn Laporte. See for more photos of the event. Eagle photos by Rob Abruzzese

These judges took the “soul train” to work.

The Kings County Supreme Court hosted its annual Closing Ceremony Fashion Show Extravaganza — where judges and court employees strutted their stuff down the runway — on Feb. 27 to commemorate the final days of Black History Month.

“Thanks to the Black History Month committee for this wonderful month of informative and entertaining activities which traditionally culminates in today’s legendary fashion show,” Administrative Judge Lawrence Knipel said. “It’s a wonderful way to cap off Black History Month in Kings County.”

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The theme for Black History Month in the Brooklyn Court system this year was “A History of Black Life and Culture,” but the fashion show had a ’70s flair to it, with “the Supreme Court Models” donning afro wigs and ’70s attire.

“They told me that they would have a ’70s piece, so I went into my wardrobe to find something from the ’70s, and needless to say, nothing fit,” Hon. Deborah Dowling joked. “My headband hurt. I tried to put it on — that hurt — I had some earrings, so I put those on, and those hurt too. Has everything gained weight since the ’70s?”

During the event, Izetta Johnson presented Sarita Whitehead with the Black History Month Committee’s Distinguished Service Award for her “dedication, commitment and exemplary services,” for helping to organize the event. Johnson also gave flowers to Dowling and Sheares.

Judges taking part in the fashion show included Hon. Sylvia G. Ash, Hon. Yvonne Lewis, Hon. Genine Edwards, Hon. Sharon AB Clarke, Hon. Evelyn Laporte, Hon. ShawnDya L. Simpson, Hon. Cenceria P. Edwards and Hon. Sharon Hudson-Williams. The show was coordinated by Leah Richardson with Hon. Dowling as the mistress of ceremonies and Hon. Robin K. Sheares as the commentator.


Clothing designers included Moshood, Noni, Tribal Truth Collections by Brenda Brunson-Bey, hats by Merrill Matthews and the Fashion Fields by Valerie Fields.

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