A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to participate in a fashion show organized by Taylor McVay, of blueprintsforsewing. The event was called “Future Forecast: A Slow Fashion Exchange” and was centered around slow fashion and sustainability.
Taylor put out a call for models and when I came across it I immediately felt drawn to the opportunity. She made a point of saying that she wanted to invite a diverse group of models that represented a variety of styles, sizes and backgrounds.
Taylor was clear about her vision for the show, which I loved. She celebrated different bodies, styles, and ethnicities. I was honored to be a part of this event and I met some pretty amazing people there. It was cool to interact with other sewists, knitters, and all around fun people. This was also an opportunity for me to get out of the house, which is important to do once you move 400 miles from home.
Taylor described my ensemble as a cotton terry top with indigo and weld dyed color blocking. My skirt used the reverse terry with a rust/tannin dyed trim. My necklace was made by Tree House Farms and wrist scrunchy was care of Practice Space. One of my favorite parts of the outfit was the neon trim Taylor used on the sleeve. It really made the outfit pop! I tried to channel my inner Tyra Banks and I think it turned out pretty fierce.
Everything came together organically from the outfits, to the makeup/hair, to the handmade jewelry, and the floral display. It was just a really positive space to be in.
I also really enjoyed the vendors that were at the event. I picked up these sick patches from Slow Process that I plan to put on my jean jacket. I also bought this quirky jacket from Nathalia that makes me feel super stylish. In addition, I purchased some really cool wooden pins from Peston for my sister that featured two of her favorite artists, Frida Kahlo and Jean Michel Basquiat. I mean how cool is that?!?!
Overall it was an enriching experience that pushed me outside of my comfort zone. When I tell you that my nerves were racing, I’m serious. I had never been in a fashion before this event and I was able to push past my anxiety and lean into the positivity and good vibes around me. I’m so grateful that I was chosen to participate in this event and I hope to be involved with more events like this that celebrate diversity, honor small businesses and focus on inclusivity!