Our class took a journey through the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s and ’80s with a fashion show. This show brought back the old days. Students selected a time period and dressed in an outfit from that time.
It takes courage to participate in a fashion show like this one. Would you want to wear things that people are going to judge and ask you questions about? Well, our brave students were willing to be judged, answer questions, listen to negative and positive comments, be stared at, and hear things they might feel a little uncomfortable with. Most people do not like to be judged, or talked about behind their backs. For me it was lots of fun to see so many great outfits from so many different generations and times.
Talking with the students participating in the fashion show revealed some funny results. I asked questions like, what kind of questions did you get from other students? Did you get funny looks? Did you hear weird comments? They shared their experiences. For example, one of the participants said, “I was walking into the lunchroom and two boys looked at me in the weirdest way. I felt like everyone was staring at me, a lot of people were talking about all the different outfits. I was having a hard time not laughing, having to bite my lip so I wouldn’t laugh and tried to make it look like it was a regular day.”
Another common question they heard, “was it a special occasion?” There were comments: “Oh, wow, I love the outfits.” Some other students that participated counted while in the halls how many different and weird looks they got. They calculated numbers ranging between 20 to 40 kids. Some got basic questions like, “What in the world are you wearing?” There were some really good laughs about the outfits too.
This fashion show was really fun. Kids learned that it doesn’t matter what others think of you and a bit about fashions from earlier generations.