Show features thrifty finds

Peggy Alexander, who won in the category of least expensive for the most pieces, sported a casual, breezy summer outfit with beige linen pants and an apple green top with a jaunty straw hat adorned with a large sunflower. Her jewelry complemented the outfit and all five pieces cost a mere $9.08.

Orange looked like she was ready for a cruise with her white cotton pants, bright red knit top, white bag and sandals, while Norm and Patsy Towler spent $17 on beach outfits for both of them.

Thelma Stowell, who loves to design and sew, tied with Elaine Bergman for most creative. Stowell’s outfit was light beige linen; she fashioned a button-down skirt and a bolero jacket out of a skirt. Stowell’s petite frame allowed her to get a lot of mileage out of the skirt material, which she accented with a pale green applique of a ’20s flapper. It matched her green straw hat and the scarf she entwined around the crown, as well as her gold and green earrings and bag.

Bergman dressed formally in a stylish and elegant black sheath with an openwork panel down the front and openwork sleeves she designed and sewed from two dresses. Her black silk heels completed the look.

Judy Shell stole the show in the category of most high fashion for her delicate floral evening dress and jacket. A soft, wispy purple gossamer was her choice for a recent cruise, which she accentuated with delicate silver heels.

The finale featured “the wedding party,” a whimsical mixed bag of Victorian pantaloons, corsets, lace and flowers – a bit of unexpected amusement that demonstrated creativity in costuming. Jan Taylor, who helped put the party together, played the groom. Her creation was inspired by Yves St. Laurent’s famous pantsuit and fedora from the ’70s. Linda Mullin, the bride, had an authentically-designed purple silk Victorian hat with a black veil perched on her head as she traipsed down the runway.

The show proved that it is possible to be stylish on a few dollars. Perhaps Yves St. Laurent expressed it best when he said, “Fashion fades but style is eternal.”

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