An Ode to the One Direction Fashion Show

For as long as I can remember, creativity has taken a forefront in my household. 

I had the best birthday parties growing up. My parents are notorious for creating amazing gatherings, a manifestation of their innovative minds.

Our family created storylines which influenced decor, attire, food, and activities. The most memorable of my birthday’s to this day is the One Direction  fashion show.

The year that the band One Direction made it big, I became obsessed with five pre-teen boys from the UK. As any 11-year-old would do, I rearranged my entire personality around them. Naturally, they had to be incorporated into my birthday celebration.

My parents combined my love of One Direction and dress up to create my dream party. All of my friends were given one task: create the most ridiculous outfit you can and parade down our stairs (catwalk) to a One Direction song.

Not only did this party produce hilarious pictures, but it reminds me of why I love my major. I began incorporating storytelling into my life from a young age. Even if it was as small as creating a character through a costume, I learned how storytelling can bring people together and create lasting memories.

Thank you to my parents for all they did and continue to do to inspire me. Y’all are the best. 

Some honorable event mentions: My brother’s Jedi Knight training bootcamp, Seal Team 6 parkour party, and the Zoom household items scavenger hunt from the first weekend of quarantine

With gratitude,



Published by oliviaccohen

My name is Olivia Cohen and I am an Advertising/PR major at UNC-Chapel Hill. Go Heels! My passion for storytelling consumes me, as I am dedicated to learning how to share impactful messages through a variety of mediums. Throughout my education and work experience, I have dabbled in journalism, creative writing, copywriting, and vocal narratives. My goal is to never stop learning. I aim to use my outgoing personality and competitive nature to help companies share their stories in a concise and impactful manner.

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