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  Partner: Weslaco Museum
 Collection: Agricultural Design: Creating Fashion from Fruit, Vegetables, and Flowers
[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/
[Contestant 16]
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, purse, and hat. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21335/
[Contestant 17]
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. Girl in long dress with a hand bag. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21334/
[Contestant 18]
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. Girl in 2 tone dress and hand bag. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21333/
[Contestant 19]
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, Shawl, gloves, and purse. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21332/
[Contestant 20]
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 tuxedo, top hat, and cane. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21331/
[Contestant 21]
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. Long featherlike dress with head piece and jewelery made of fern. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21324/
[Contestant 22]
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 evening gown with muff. Used 20,000 pieces of carrots and poinsettia hearts. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21322/
[Contestant 23]
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 white evening gown with cape and large fake flowers and leaves. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21320/
[Contestant 24]
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 Red Cross Nurse costume and shield. Nurse uniform was made of inside citrus peel shield was of cornflowers in red and blue and white mums. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21319/
[Contestant 25]
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 is made out of ferns and flowers. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21307/
[Contestant 26]
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. Knee-lenght dress with purse and hat. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21306/
[Contestant 27]
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 knee lenght white costume with boots and mittens. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21305/
[Contestant 28]
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 made of corn cobs. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21304/
[Contestant 29]
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. Santa Claus suit and cap made of poinsettia's and popcorn. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21303/
[Contestant 30]
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 skirt that was made with citrus membrane and top was made of some sort of flower that has fern and roses. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21302/
[Contestant 31]
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 in a long dress made of shattered bachelor buttons. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21224/
[Contestant 32]
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. A women is wearing a long dress with cape made out of fruits and vegetables. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21218/
[Contestant 33]
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 dressed up in a Santa costume made of red bougainvillea petals, carded cotton, and pampas grass. It took 120 hours, 10 bushels flower petals dehydrated to 10 pints. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21214/
[Contestant 34]
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 white gown made of vegetables. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21209/
[Contestant 35]
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. Donna Women's Club. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21203/