Description: 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. Mrs. Moyer is representing the Rio Grande Valley Farm Federation of Mercedes. The new look creeps even into our style show. This dress is a replica of the Gay Gibson girl, a fashion of the "Roaring Twenties." This outfit is complete from its famous hand-span wasp waistline to its huge puffed sleeves with tight fitting long cuffs. The blouse is fashioned of white turnips cut in one-inch diamond shapes and wrapped in clear cellophane. The gold buttons are carrot centers, while the ever-present black tie, which was a "must" in those days, is made of diamond shaped pieces of eggplant. Additional eggplant squares form the full ballerina skirt. The old-fashioned draw-string pouch-bag is created of cellophane-covered green pepper diamonds. Hanging from the belt is a ribbon of eggplant with a fob of gold carrot center. Topping this ensemble is a tiny stiff sailor hat of green peppers with long ribbons of eggplant streaming down the back. Four bushels of eggplant, two bushels turnips, one bushel of peppers and two bunches of carrots were used in the construction of this costume. This is on of the most expensive dresses in that its total cost was $40.00 and 500 hours of priceless time devoted to it.
Creator: Jack Hornor
Item Type: Photograph