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The uglier the better, prom dress showcase benefits youth group

Kristen Holloway struts down the catwalk in a lacy flapper from the 1930s, complete with a headpiece, followed by Cassie Gautreau in a chiffon number from the 1940s.

Courtenay Black sports a flowery gown straight out of the 1960s love generation, only to be outdone by the equally loud dress adorning Margaret Skabar.

Fun with fashion

Kristen Holloway struts down the catwalk in a lacy flapper from the 1930s, complete with a headpiece, followed by Cassie Gautreau in a chiffon number from the 1940s.

Courtenay Black sports a flowery gown straight out of the 1960s love generation, only to be outdone by the equally loud dress adorning Margaret Skabar.

None of these girls are in fashion, but all are having fun with the Ugly Prom Dress Fashion Show being hosted by Amherst Baptist Church in support of the churchs youth group.

First and foremost we wanted to have fun, said summer student Thomas Skabar, who is coordinating the June 21 show. The community members come out and always enjoy themselves, but it also raises money for the youth group, so they can have some money in their account to start next year.

Youth group members will be participating as models for the event, which will follow successful fashion shows in the previous two summers, one focusing on wedding dresses in 2005 and another looking at the evolution of the bathing suit last summer.

All the dresses came from women in the community, according to Skabar, who said they had an overwhelming response when they put the call out. The requests were made with sensitivity, he explained.

When youre asking someone for their old prom dress and telling them its for an ugly prom dress fashion show, you might get into a bit of trouble, he said, laughing. So we explained to them that ugly is used in relative terms. What was hot in fashion terms yesterday might be laughed at today.

The show will feature 25 dresses from all different decades from the 1930s on, according to Rev. Don Miller, who said they have had a lot of fun getting ready for it.

Weve learned more about crinoline and things than any person should ever want to know, he said.

The show will take place Thursday night at 7 p.m. in the basement of the church, and will also include after-prom refreshments. Tickets will be available at the door.

awagstaff@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Amherst Baptist Church

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