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suedv
02-02-2007, 10:35 PM
So, we have a daughter that hangs out with an artsy crowd at college. They are the big "make a statement" kind of students. They put on a fashion show every January that is highly entertaining and rather thought provoking too. Each of the students talks about their outfit after the show is done. I'm including the write-up that was in the program they passed out just in case you want to read it.

Anyhow, here are some of the pics. I hope you enjoy the creativity.


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What's the first thing you do when you get up in the morning? You probably shower, brush your teeth—and then, you stand in front of your closet and figure out what to wear.

To some, this decision may not seem important. Clothing is purely functional; society requires people to cover their bodies in fabric, and so they do—no matter what that fabric feels like, how it drapes, or how it complements or clashes with other fabrics on their body. But others are considering just that. Would this top look better with a belt or hanging loose? Do these two patterns contradict one another or bring out the unique qualities of both? Is adding earrings to this outfit overkill or just the right touch? What does a skinny tie say when paired with this shirt?

Unfortunately, that people ask these questions is often derided as materialistic, narcissistic, and vapid by those who dress for comfort or utility. This is especially common among Christians who have been influenced by traditional Protestant values like thrift and modesty. To them, fashion is the antithesis of faith, representing all that is worldly and vulgar.

Certainly there is much in modern fashion that Christians ought to criticize. Impossibly thin models are held up as the standard by which all other women are judged, never mind the health risks and distorted ideas of what it means to be female. Working conditions for those who make most of our clothing are dismal, and our purchases reinforce an economy that thrives on cheaply made goods. And among popular mall designers, fashion lacks subtlety and class, as evidenced by the particularly gauche trend of labeling t-shirts with brash sexual solicitations.

But adorning one's body does not necessarily have to be an exercise in the sexier-than-thou oneupsmanship that permeates popular culture. As the students behind tonight's show will demonstrate, the question of “what to wear” is about more than what's hot in fashion, whether in mall windows or on the runways. The designers, make-up artists, and hair artists are just that—artists. From hand-sewn evening gowns to found-object accessories to hodge-podge thrift-store castoffs, the clothing in tonight's show is a testament to the potential of fashion to speak truth aesthetically, culturally, and theologically.

These students are motivated by a variety of considerations in deciding what to wear. Some dress to shock, to awaken, to give affront to homogeneity. Others say that their clothing is an opportunity to literally wear their personalities on their sleeves. Others select their outfits mindful that not everyone in the world has that luxury, favoring designers who pay seamstresses a fair wage and use materials that are gentle on the earth. For still others, fashion is primarily a creative act; to design clothing or apply make-up or arrange hair is to work with a living canvas and make a walking, talking work of art.

In a cultural climate that sees fashion as a means of adhering to the status quo, attracting sexual partners, or demonstrating wealth, these students' attitude towards fashion is profoundly countercultural. It is also profoundly Christian. In the Reformed tradition, we believe in the redemption of all things, including the earth on which we stand and our bodies that work and play and eat and, yes, dress every day.

In this economy, even the most quotidian activities matter. People need food, shelter, and clothing to survive, but we need beauty, too, to point beyond mere survival. Like a delicious meal or innovative architecture, clothing can be a celebration of the life abundant, and of the bodies that God created and called good.

This is what we celebrate tonight. We invite you to enter the creative process with us, considering thoughtfully and imaginatively what to wear.

suedv
02-02-2007, 10:36 PM
This kid created his outfit to match the ear muffs.

suedv
02-02-2007, 10:38 PM
These girls dressed around a cheerleader theme.

suedv
02-02-2007, 10:41 PM
Not sure what he's thinking

suedv
02-02-2007, 10:43 PM
Skidog, this picture is totally for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I hope they didn't mistreat your peacock to get these feathers. I can't stop laughing about this picture.

suedv
02-02-2007, 10:45 PM
I think she's dressed for another day of classes

suedv
02-02-2007, 10:48 PM
This kid reminded me of Pee-wee Herman

suedv
02-02-2007, 10:50 PM
I'm not sure what look she's going for

suedv
02-02-2007, 10:52 PM
A rather unique combination of clothing

suedv
02-02-2007, 10:53 PM
This is totally about the hair

suedv
02-02-2007, 10:57 PM
The girl in the blue shoes gave this little talk about fashion making too much out of females being hot, slim, and sexy. She decided to take it to a whole different level and made her whole dress out of tie-dyed feminine products.

Mag_Red
02-02-2007, 10:58 PM
Skidog, this picture is totally for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I hope they didn't mistreat your peacock to get these feathers. I can't stop laughing about this picture.
That'll hurt if she sits down!:D

Workin' 4 Toys
02-02-2007, 11:00 PM
The girl in the blue shoes gave this little talk about fashion making too much out of females being hot, slim, and sexy.
Please tell her, don't buck the system......

suedv
02-02-2007, 11:01 PM
This kid designed his outfit around a tie that he used for a belt. The tie is the school colors.

suedv
02-02-2007, 11:05 PM
I think this guy is trying to be Mr. Cool.

FlatBoard
02-02-2007, 11:05 PM
This is freakin' me out :confused:

suedv
02-02-2007, 11:08 PM
Here's the catch of the day. She designed her outfit out of a big net.

suedv
02-02-2007, 11:13 PM
Going for some kind of blue look

suedv
02-02-2007, 11:15 PM
Well that probably enough. The kids had fun... it was an interesting night for sure.

FlatBoard
02-02-2007, 11:44 PM
You go girl!!

Workin' 4 Toys
02-02-2007, 11:47 PM
Well that probably enough. The kids had fun... it was an interesting night for sure.
I vote for your post #1 to win the prize

Mag_Red
02-03-2007, 12:06 AM
I think this guy is trying to be Mr. Cool.or our very own Mr UMP!:D

TMCNo1
02-03-2007, 09:09 AM
Skidog, this picture is totally for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I hope they didn't mistreat your peacock to get these feathers. I can't stop laughing about this picture.


That does it! I know where Skidogs peacock is, that girl sat on him!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

SkiDog
02-05-2007, 10:09 AM
Skidog, this picture is totally for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I hope they didn't mistreat your peacock to get these feathers. I can't stop laughing about this picture.

Naw, he was still intack when I saw him THIS morming! But thanks for your concern.:D

TMCNo1
02-05-2007, 10:18 AM
Naw, he was still intack when I saw him THIS morming! But thanks for your concern.:D


Next time you see him, tell him hello from all of us here on Team Talk!
He is like one of us now and we all hope the adoption papers go thru without a hitch, through the NAACP, National Association for the Adoption of Community Peacocks!:D 8p :cool:

SkiDog
02-05-2007, 06:35 PM
Next time you see him, tell him hello from all of us here on Team Talk!
He is like one of us now and we all hope the adoption papers go thru without a hitch, through the NAACP, National Association for the Adoption of Community Peacocks!:D 8p :cool:

He IS one of us!!!!!!!!!!! What did you think of the albino peacock I sent you. Pretty cool huh?

TMCNo1
02-05-2007, 10:19 PM
He IS one of us!!!!!!!!!!! What did you think of the albino peacock I sent you. Pretty cool huh?


Cool, yea, like a pile of snow! Brutiful, absolutely brutiful!:D

Upper Michigan Prostar190
02-06-2007, 09:49 AM
or our very own Mr UMP!:D
OH GEE THANKS MAG!:rolleyes: :rolleyes: