Spring Fashion Show Idea: A Garden Party

California Garden Party Collage

About a year ago someone I’d just met asked me to help coordinate a fashion show. It was going to be held in the Spring, so the clothing and accessories needed to be vibrant and rich. While doing my research, in various fashion publications and online, I made a lot of notes and clipped out a lot of images. Nothing clicked until I saw the classic film, The Manchurian Candidate, and for some reason the garden dream sequence stayed with me.

“Wouldn’t it be lovely if the models wore the bright florals and colorful prints worn by the women in this scene?.” I thought. Even though the film is shot in black and white, I could still visualize these women in luscious pastels and sunny rainbow palettes.

Lilly Pulitzer Collage

After submitting my ideas to the person I was working with, I decided to invest in the concept further by buying vintage clothes for the show from etsy.com and contributing from my own wardrobe.

Unfortunately, due to unforeseen problems, the fashion show never materialized and my ideas were shelved indefinitely. Despite that I did gain experience in buying vintage clothing online and learned how to coordinate around a concept. Eventually joining my extensive collection of cardigans, 1970’s and 1980’s dresses, and Lilly Pulitzer, I was able to add some additional garments I look forward to wearing in the future.

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