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  Partner: Weslaco Museum
 Collection: Agricultural Design: Creating Fashion from Fruit, Vegetables, and Flowers
[Alice Edrington]
An Entry in Weslaco's annual "Birthday Party" fashion show. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce to highlight the fruit and vegetables grown in the Rio Grande Valley, area citizens created and modeled clothing made from local fruit, vegetables, and flowers. Alice represented the McAllen business training school. Her dress was made of chopped corn and bell peppers. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21315/
[Aline Leona Markowsky Wood]
An Entry in Weslaco's annual "Birthday Party" fashion show. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce to highlight the fruit and vegetables grown in the Rio Grande Valley, area citizens created and modeled clothing made from local fruit, vegetables, and flowers. Aline Markowsky is wearing a white wedding gown with a train. 33,500 cotton seeds were used to make the gown. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21216/
[Aline Leona Markowsky Wood]
An Entry in Weslaco's annual "Birthday Party" fashion show. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce to highlight the fruit and vegetables grown in the Rio Grande Valley, area citizens created and modeled clothing made from local fruit, vegetables, and flowers. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21394/
[Allie B. Bell]
An Entry in Weslaco's annual "Birthday Party" fashion show. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce to highlight the fruit and vegetables grown in the Rio Grande Valley, area citizens created and modeled clothing made from local fruit, vegetables, and flowers. Three women in Fruit and Vegetable style show dresses. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21222/
[Allie B. Bell]
An Entry in Weslaco's annual "Birthday Party" fashion show. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce to highlight the fruit and vegetables grown in the Rio Grande Valley, area citizens created and modeled clothing made from local fruit, vegetables, and flowers.Skirt & jacket made of peppers. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21381/
[Allie B. Bell]
An Entry in Weslaco's annual "Birthday Party" fashion show. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce to highlight the fruit and vegetables grown in the Rio Grande Valley, area citizens created and modeled clothing made from local fruit, vegetables, and flowers. Allie is wearing a two piece street dress, hat & bag: carded cotton texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21420/
[Amparo Rodriguez]
An Entry in Weslaco's annual "Birthday Party" fashion show. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce to highlight the fruit and vegetables grown in the Rio Grande Valley, area citizens created and modeled clothing made from local fruit, vegetables, and flowers. Amparo is wearing a dress made of cotton. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21415/
[Ann Frizzell]
An Entry in Weslaco's annual "Birthday Party" fashion show. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce to highlight the fruit and vegetables grown in the Rio Grande Valley, area citizens created and modeled clothing made from local fruit, vegetables, and flowers. Ann is representing the American Legion. The Dutch costume skirt was of delicate pink, made from five quarts of crushed bachelor button petals. The bodice was made from 2,000 purple bougainvillea blossoms and the blouse of 583white periwinkles. The latter flower was used for her cap and apron, requiring 556 blossoms. The skirt featured a border of lighter pink, embossed with tulips made from banana leaves and hibiscus petals. Trimming on neckline and sleeves, in five point star design, were created by using 150 inverted bougainvillea centers. Wooden shoes were made of Rhodes grass bloom. Cost: $17.08 Time: 723 hours texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21261/
[Ann Frizzell]
Photograph of an Entry in Weslaco's annual "Birthday Party" fashion show. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce to highlight the fruit and vegetables grown in the Rio Grande Valley, area citizens created and modeled clothing made from local fruit, vegetables, and flowers. Ann is representing the American Legion. She is wearing a Dutch costume that was made by the American Legion Auxiliary. The skirt was of delicate pink, made from five quarts of crushed bachelor button petals. The bodice was made from 2,000 purple bougainvillea blossoms and the blouse of 583 white periwinkles. The latter flower was used for her cap and apron, requiring 556 blossoms. The skirt featured a border of a lighter pink, embossed with tulips made from banana leaves and hibiscus petals. Trimming on neckline and sleeves, in five point star design, were created by using 150 inverted bougainvillea centers. Wooden shoes were made of Rhodes grass bloom. Cost: $17.08 Time: 723 hours. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21260/
[Ann Hall
An Entry in Weslaco's annual "Birthday Party" fashion show. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce to highlight the fruit and vegetables grown in the Rio Grande Valley, area citizens created and modeled clothing made from local fruit, vegetables, and flowers. Ann is wearing a dress made of pampass grass curled with iron. They used 12 bushels of grapefruit peel and 1 bushel of mums. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21197/
[Ann Hall]
An Entry in Weslaco's annual "Birthday Party" fashion show. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce to highlight the fruit and vegetables grown in the Rio Grande Valley, area citizens created and modeled clothing made from local fruit, vegetables, and flowers. ampass grass-curled with iron. Grapefuit peel- 12 bushel and 1 bushel of mums. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21198/
[Ann Nichols]
An Entry in Weslaco's annual "Birthday Party" fashion show. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce to highlight the fruit and vegetables grown in the Rio Grande Valley, area citizens created and modeled clothing made from local fruit, vegetables, and flowers. Ann Nichols is representing the Girl Scouts of Weslaco. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21274/
[Annabel Young Edwards]
An Entry in Weslaco's annual "Birthday Party" fashion show. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce to highlight the fruit and vegetables grown in the Rio Grande Valley, area citizens created and modeled clothing made from local fruit, vegetables, and flowers. Annabel is wearing a costume that represents "Bougainvillea trail of the Rio Grande Valley." Purple bougainvillea petals cover entire dress. Trim is of bronze petals bougainvillea, as are the shoes and basket. Approximately 10 bushels of flowers were used to make the costume. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21318/
[Araminta Curtis]
An Entry in Weslaco's annual "Birthday Party" fashion show. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce to highlight the fruit and vegetables grown in the Rio Grande Valley, area citizens created and modeled clothing made from local fruit, vegetables, and flowers. Araminta is wearing a ballerina costume. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21341/
[Barbara Ann Ackermann]
An Entry in Weslaco's annual "Birthday Party" fashion show. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce to highlight the fruit and vegetables grown in the Rio Grande Valley, area citizens created and modeled clothing made from local fruit, vegetables, and flowers. Briscoe sports, costume division. Drum majorette. Dress was made of white turnips with insets of green citrus leaves. Buttons were made of ornamental dates. Her boots were made of turnips and her hat was made of milkweed seed. Fluff and tassel were of pampas grass. Braid- date stems and cattail leaves. Baton was of cardboard and gold dust. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21237/
[Barbara J. Bordins]
An Entry in Weslaco's annual "Birthday Party" fashion show. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce to highlight the fruit and vegetables grown in the Rio Grande Valley, area citizens created and modeled clothing made from local fruit, vegetables, and flowers. Barbara is wearing a dress made of citrus peel. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21375/
[Bettie Gene Frizzell Buchanan]
An Entry in Weslaco's annual "Birthday Party" fashion show. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce to highlight the fruit and vegetables grown in the Rio Grande Valley, area citizens created and modeled clothing made from local fruit, vegetables, and flowers. Bettie is wearing a top made of grapefruit peel and a skirt made of grape fruit peel with stripes of eggplant. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21373/
[Bettie Gene Frizzell Buchanan]
An Entry in Weslaco's annual "Birthday Party" fashion show. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce to highlight the fruit and vegetables grown in the Rio Grande Valley, area citizens created and modeled clothing made from local fruit, vegetables, and flowers. Bettie is wearing a dress made of grapefruit peel with stripes of eggplant. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21372/
[Betty Compere]
An Entry in Weslaco's annual "Birthday Party" fashion show. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce to highlight the fruit and vegetables grown in the Rio Grande Valley, area citizens created and modeled clothing made from local fruit, vegetables, and flowers. Betty is wearing a gown of black and white. The black was made of onion seed, and the white of finely ground corn. Corsage and red gladiolis. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21217/
[Betty Jean Frizzel]
An Entry in Weslaco's annual "Birthday Party" fashion show. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce to highlight the fruit and vegetables grown in the Rio Grande Valley, area citizens created and modeled clothing made from local fruit, vegetables, and flowers. Betty is wearing an evening gown made of fruits and vegetables. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21213/
[Billie Marion Parks]
An Entry in Weslaco's annual "Birthday Party" fashion show. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce to highlight the fruit and vegetables grown in the Rio Grande Valley, area citizens created and modeled clothing made from local fruit, vegetables, and flowers. Dress was made for an article in the National Geographic Magazine. Reporter did not come when we had the style show in December. Mrs. Parks made the dress Billie was modeling. Dress was made of grapefruit peel, trim is of beets, turnips, carrots cut to make triangles. Because the dress was not made for competition, her shoes were not covered. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21189/
[Billie Marion Parks]
An Entry in Weslaco's annual "Birthday Party" fashion show. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce to highlight the fruit and vegetables grown in the Rio Grande Valley, area citizens created and modeled clothing made from local fruit, vegetables, and flowers. Billie Marion Parks is wearing an evening dress made out of chili peppers, 13000 pumpkin seeds and turnips. This same dress was on the cover of the National Geographic Magazine. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21171/
[Billie Marion Parks Hickman]
An Entry in Weslaco's annual "Birthday Party" fashion show. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce to highlight the fruit and vegetables grown in the Rio Grande Valley, area citizens created and modeled clothing made from local fruit, vegetables, and flowers. Dress of grapefruit peel with green pepper trim. Dress was worn over a petticoat of green peppers made of simulate taffeta. Earrings, combs and evening purse were made from grapefruit seed. sprinkled w/stardust and her sandals were covered w/ inner peel of grapefruit and adorned w/ pepper seeds. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21316/
[Billy Ruth Gound]
An Entry in Weslaco's annual "Birthday Party" fashion show. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce to highlight the fruit and vegetables grown in the Rio Grande Valley, area citizens created and modeled clothing made from local fruit, vegetables, and flowers. Billy is wearing a long gown. Seems like it might be bachelor buttons. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21417/
[Boots Barnett]
An Entry in Weslaco's annual "Birthday Party" fashion show. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce to highlight the fruit and vegetables grown in the Rio Grande Valley, area citizens created and modeled clothing made from local fruit, vegetables, and flowers. Boots is representing the raleigh dairy and keno cafe. Her dress and muff of bougainvillea petals and the jacket is of carded cotton. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21298/
[Catherine Farina]
An Entry in Weslaco's annual "Birthday Party" fashion show. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce to highlight the fruit and vegetables grown in the Rio Grande Valley, area citizens created and modeled clothing made from local fruit, vegetables, and flowers. Catherine Farina is wearing a dress made of corn husks and poinsetta leaves. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21371/
[Catherine James]
An Entry in Weslaco's annual "Birthday Party" fashion show. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce to highlight the fruit and vegetables grown in the Rio Grande Valley, area citizens created and modeled clothing made from local fruit, vegetables, and flowers. Catherine is wearing a colonial garment which was definitely perishable. As is evident, this garment was made of purple cabbage leaves and trimmed in curly parsley. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21166/
[Charlene Lobitz]
An Entry in Weslaco's annual "Birthday Party" fashion show. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce to highlight the fruit and vegetables grown in the Rio Grande Valley, area citizens created and modeled clothing made from local fruit, vegetables, and flowers. Pirate costume made of onion seed bougainvillea. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21253/
[Charlyn Avant]
An Entry in Weslaco's annual "Birthday Party" fashion show. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce to highlight the fruit and vegetables grown in the Rio Grande Valley, area citizens created and modeled clothing made from local fruit, vegetables, and flowers. Charlyn is representing the Mercedes business and professional womens club. Her blouse is designed of the U.S flag, made out of red and blue straw flowers with white stripes of chrysanthemums. Skirt is made of 300,000 grease back beans. Kacquet strings are of grapefruit peeling. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21299/
[Charlyne Avant]
An Entry in Weslaco's annual "Birthday Party" fashion show. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce to highlight the fruit and vegetables grown in the Rio Grande Valley, area citizens created and modeled clothing made from local fruit, vegetables, and flowers. Charlyne Avant is wearing a top made of beets. The hat, shoes, and skirt were made of split white beans. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21370/
[Chiquita Mitchell]
An Entry in Weslaco's annual "Birthday Party" fashion show. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce to highlight the fruit and vegetables grown in the Rio Grande Valley, area citizens created and modeled clothing made from local fruit, vegetables, and flowers. Chiquita is wearing a evening gown of bougainvillia, orchids, and purple chrysanthamums. The cape is of green fern. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21196/
[Clara Mae Isham]
An Entry in Weslaco's annual "Birthday Party" fashion show. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce to highlight the fruit and vegetables grown in the Rio Grande Valley, area citizens created and modeled clothing made from local fruit, vegetables, and flowers. Clara Mae Isham is wearing a skating costume made of egg plant peel, and is representing the Lions Club of Weslaco. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21177/
[Claricia Balli]
An Entry in Weslaco's annual "Birthday Party" fashion show. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce to highlight the fruit and vegetables grown in the Rio Grande Valley, area citizens created and modeled clothing made from local fruit, vegetables, and flowers. Claricia Balli is wearing a suit made of shattered green fern. The lapels and her purse are made of mums and the hat and shoes are of the fern trimmed in mums. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21369/
[Claricia Balli]
An Entry in Weslaco's annual "Birthday Party" fashion show. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce to highlight the fruit and vegetables grown in the Rio Grande Valley, area citizens created and modeled clothing made from local fruit, vegetables, and flowers. Evening gown of lavender bachelor button petals w/white petals of trim. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21368/
[Contestant]
An Entry in Weslaco's annual "Birthday Party" fashion show. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce to highlight the fruit and vegetables grown in the Rio Grande Valley, area citizens created and modeled clothing made from local fruit, vegetables, and flowers. Contestant is wearing a suit with hat. Shirt & Jacket probably made of citrus peel. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21422/
[Contestant 1]
An Entry in Weslaco's annual "Birthday Party" fashion show. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce to highlight the fruit and vegetables grown in the Rio Grande Valley, area citizens created and modeled clothing made from local fruit, vegetables, and flowers. Lady in feather like dress and head dress are made out of pompas grass, blouse of citrus peel. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21424/
[Contestant 2]
An Entry in Weslaco's annual "Birthday Party" fashion show. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce to highlight the fruit and vegetables grown in the Rio Grande Valley, area citizens created and modeled clothing made from local fruit, vegetables, and flowers. Contestant is wearing an elegant dress and necklace. Won 2nd place. Dress made out of cotton. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21421/
[Contestant 3]
An Entry in Weslaco's annual "Birthday Party" fashion show. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce to highlight the fruit and vegetables grown in the Rio Grande Valley, area citizens created and modeled clothing made from local fruit, vegetables, and flowers. Contestant is wearing a dress, hat, and boots. Dress is made out of chrysanthemums & boots are ground corn. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21419/
[Contestant 4]
An Entry in Weslaco's annual "Birthday Party" fashion show. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce to highlight the fruit and vegetables grown in the Rio Grande Valley, area citizens created and modeled clothing made from local fruit, vegetables, and flowers. Contestant is wearing a long strapless evening gown made out of bachelor buttons. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21418/
[Contestant 5]
An Entry in Weslaco's annual "Birthday Party" fashion show. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce to highlight the fruit and vegetables grown in the Rio Grande Valley, area citizens created and modeled clothing made from local fruit, vegetables, and flowers. Contestant is dressed like the statue of liberty. Dress is probably made of citrus peel. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21413/
[Contestant 6]
An Entry in Weslaco's annual "Birthday Party" fashion show. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce to highlight the fruit and vegetables grown in the Rio Grande Valley, area citizens created and modeled clothing made from local fruit, vegetables, and flowers. Women wearing a gown with one shoulder strap. Two tone dress with flowers. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21347/
[Contestant 7 ]
An Entry in Weslaco's annual "Birthday Party" fashion show. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce to highlight the fruit and vegetables grown in the Rio Grande Valley, area citizens created and modeled clothing made from local fruit, vegetables, and flowers. Women in long evening gown made out of some sort of fern texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21346/
[Contestant 8]
An Entry in Weslaco's annual "Birthday Party" fashion show. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce to highlight the fruit and vegetables grown in the Rio Grande Valley, area citizens created and modeled clothing made from local fruit, vegetables, and flowers. Man in Navy costume. U.S. Navy dress uniform. Uniform is made out of corn meal (white) and cap, visor epaulettes are made out of eggplant. Ribbons were made out grapefruit peel. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21345/
[Contestant 9]
An Entry in Weslaco's annual "Birthday Party" fashion show. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce to highlight the fruit and vegetables grown in the Rio Grande Valley, area citizens created and modeled clothing made from local fruit, vegetables, and flowers. Sports Division, sponsored Weslaco's Lions Club. Bathing Suit is made of Diamond shape orange peel. The cape is of eggplant, faced with the white of grapefruit. Beach hat and sandals straps made from braided corn husks. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21379/
[Contestant 10]
An Entry in Weslaco's annual "Birthday Party" fashion show. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce to highlight the fruit and vegetables grown in the Rio Grande Valley, area citizens created and modeled clothing made from local fruit, vegetables, and flowers. Women wearing an evening gown made out of eggplant and flowers. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21344/
[Contestant 11]
An Entry in Weslaco's annual "Birthday Party" fashion show. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce to highlight the fruit and vegetables grown in the Rio Grande Valley, area citizens created and modeled clothing made from local fruit, vegetables, and flowers. Young women is wearing a dress that has checkers. Her accesories include: hat, gloves, shoes and purse. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21342/
[Contestant 12]
An Entry in Weslaco's annual "Birthday Party" fashion show. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce to highlight the fruit and vegetables grown in the Rio Grande Valley, area citizens created and modeled clothing made from local fruit, vegetables, and flowers. Women wearing a dress, gloves and hat. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21340/
[Contestant 13]
An Entry in Weslaco's annual "Birthday Party" fashion show. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce to highlight the fruit and vegetables grown in the Rio Grande Valley, area citizens created and modeled clothing made from local fruit, vegetables, and flowers. Young women wearing a sailor suit made of inside of citrus peel. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21338/
[Contestant 14]
An Entry in Weslaco's annual "Birthday Party" fashion show. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce to highlight the fruit and vegetables grown in the Rio Grande Valley, area citizens created and modeled clothing made from local fruit, vegetables, and flowers. Women in long dress with train made out of citrus peel. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21337/
[Contestant 15]
An Entry in Weslaco's annual "Birthday Party" fashion show. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce to highlight the fruit and vegetables grown in the Rio Grande Valley, area citizens created and modeled clothing made from local fruit, vegetables, and flowers. Women wearing a long dress with a small fan in her hand. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21336/
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