What a wonderful party this was! Central Texas girls of all ages took to the purple runway June 27, showing off their amazing and creative outfits to the enthusiastic applause of a warm, supportive audience at the well-loved feminist Austin bookstore, BookWoman. Girls also created art that expressed their ideas about true beauty and UnFashion outfits for our Beautiful Girls gallery, and girls and audience joined in a post-show chat as we enjoyed moon cookies—with sprinkles!
Check out the fun here with photos and videos of the event! It was so wonderful to see what girls came up with when concocting outfits that expressed something special about themselves and their ideas of what’s fun, interesting, and comfortable to wear. It was great to see how girls helped each other shine, reaching out to girls hesitant to walk the runway as well as coaxing moms to also walk the purple runway and share their ideas of personal fashion with the audience! We even had a fashion blogger who did a lovely blog post on our event, and girls and parents enjoyed browsing the fabulous book selection at BookWoman.
There were so many sweet and thought-inspiring moments. Each girl’s runway walk was awe-inspiring, and fun to learn why they liked what they liked. For example, one girl chose a loose tshirt to symbolize her support for her sister’s swim team; another chose glamorous turquoise mock-leather pants which were a gift from her grandma. BookWoman owner Susan chose a baseball uniform, noting that when she was young, girls were not allowed to wear pants or join baseball teams—rules that were changed over the years by many activists such as Jean Wolf, an older woman who took to the runway in a wheelchair. Jean’s daughter Dana told the audience how Jean went to the school board to protest pants rules for girls—and girls subsequently got the right to wear pants at Dana’s school. (Check out more about current pants activism with our Wear The Pants Day!)
Want to do an UnFashion Show like this where you are? Here’s how we did it. Helen Cordes, New Moon Girls adult editor, partnered with local girls interested in doing an UnFashion show, and BookWoman owner Susan generously offered her store as the setting. We put out the word to local girls organizations such as Girl Scouts and YWCA, as well as local media and bloggers. We got some inexpensive purple fabric for a “runway,” baked some cookies, gathered some art supplies, and showed up for the fun! Find out how to hold all kinds of events that lets more people know about New Moon Girls’ amazing magazine and online community, and let the good times roll!