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Fashion Shows Don’t Have To Be Big Productions

By Shanna Southern Peterson Correspondent

Is your group looking for a new idea for your next gathering? Why not put together a fashion show?

An interesting fashion show doesn’t have to be a lavish production. With a few willing volunteers and a little organization, you can stage an event in just a few days. Choose one of the following ideas and have fun!

Many people buy new clothes for seasonal events such as Easter, proms, first day of school, Christmas… Any of these can make great fashion-show themes. Ask group members to model the outfits they bought for the event.

We once helped organize a show staged the week following Easter, which happened to be the week before University High School’s spring prom. The members’ young children paraded their Easter finery, followed by the high school-aged daughters modeling their prom dresses. It was a beautiful event.

Another idea that works well is to have members of your organization model their wedding gowns. If someone isn’t quite the same size she was on that happy day, have her carry her gown or have someone else wear it. This idea is especially fun if you have a variety of generations within your group.

Organize the show chronologically so the audience can see the changes that have taken place over the years in styling, details and color.

Feeling whimsical? Have members wear an outrageous hat of their own creation or ones purchased at thrift shops. Choose a central theme and have each member interpret it in her hat.

Try “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” “Caribbean Beach Bum” or “Some Enchanted Evening.” You may be surprised at how much fun you can have with this idea.

Keep the organization of these events simple.

Give each participant a 3-by-5 card on which to print their name, a description of their outfit, where it was purchased, price (optional) and why they chose the item. Collect the cards two or three days prior to the show so the commentator has a chance to go over them and plan show’s lineup.

For music, all you need is a portable CD or tape player and instrumental recordings.

Artists such as pianist Liz Story and saxophonist Kenny G. are great choices for background music. If your group decides to hold a fashion show based on one of these ideas, we want to know about it. Be sure to contact us and we’ll consider attending.

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