My aunt once wrote me a letter just for fun telling me all about her childhood and how she used to make paper dresses from patterns she bought at the soda shop for 5¢. The letter is one of my favorite things I own. So when my friend Anne called me up and asked if I'd like to help her and my new friend Ryan make and model a paper dress of my own, I was ecstatic.
The dress we made was for an event called Catwalk for Water, an initiative started by Aveda Institutes to protect clean water, globally and regionally. Our own show supported the Tennessee Clean Water Network, and the scholarship competition gave one hard-working designer a full-ride for their cosmetology education.
This process was amazing, and I couldn't be more proud of our creation. Anne, being a student of hair, had the idea to use empty hair color boxes as the foundation of the dress. We drew up a design goal, and once we had the bodice built (not an easy task!) we ironed out the instruction sheets inside each of the boxes and pulled it all together! It took lots of (fun) hours, but I felt confident in our design walking down the runway. Anne and Ryan did my hair and makeup like the pros they are! What a cool experience and a unique way to spread awareness about the environment, the power of recycling, and the importance of protecting our natural clean water sources.
Plus, I got to strut down a runway.
Photo creds to my awesome hubby except where noted.