Friday, June 13, 2008

100 Years and Still Stylin': Highlights of the Texas State 4-H Fashion Show

After all the anticipation, the 2008 Texas State 4-H Fashion Show finally began Wednesday night, June 11th, in Texas A&M's Rudder Auditorium.

Texas 4-Hers Amanda Jo Laurent, Rachel Taylor, Michael Edwards, and Rebekah Richter shared the narration duties.

Nathaniel, Alexis Cordova, Glenda Lowe, Laurie and Katie Byrd, and I all represented District 9 in the appointed seats.

Beginning with all the contestants in the "buying" division, participants showcased outfits they purchased in the "Casual", "Dressy", "Formal", and "Specialty" categories.

Emma and I loved the Czech outfit that was modeled in the "Specialty" category by Angela Gremminger from the City of West. West is famous for its Westfest. Happily, Angela garnered a second place finish. We visited with Angela and her mother before the show. It turns out that we were familiar with the work of the woman who made Angela's dress. We had visited her booth at the Czech Spring Fest in Houston. Her business is called Maggie's Fabric Patch: Czech Costume Creations.

Jordan Meador of Dallam County captured first place in Buying: Formal

The end of the "Buying" portion of the show flowed effortlessly into the "Construction portion.

Emma's tour guide friend, Elizabeth Maxwell of Jefferson County, took second place in Construction: Casual.

Ellese Castillo of Williamson County took first place in Construction: Formal

From Parker County, Clarin Gniffke, took second in Construction: Formal. Her sister,Cameron, got second in Construction: Specialty, the category that Emma was competing in.

Third place in Construction: Specialty went to Stephen Wallace of Cooke County.

Julie Kircher from Nueces County created a fabulous pirate costume and sailed away with first place in Construction: Specialty. She even made her hat, which the photo does not do justice.

Although, she, like Emma, did not place, Lauren Craig from Ellis County made a dreamy pink confection of a dress that Emma adored. It featured a three-layered skirt with butterfly accents. Lauren designed the skirt and sleeves herself, and used a pattern for the bodice.

From Ochiltree County, Laura Burandt made her top, jeans, and leather chaps.

Here is Sally Rath,
and here is Emma in their Celtic costumes.

With the options that both girls chose, Sally and Emma could have been the models for Simplicity pattern 3623. Look at this:

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