Two words. Condom. Couture. These two words accurately describe my twenties and thirties. If there are two things that were at the forefront of the last twenty years, it would be safe sex, and haute couture. Not necessarily in that order.
I was the probably the only 14 year old girl that subscribed to Women's Wear Daily. While my friends were reading SEVENTEEN, I was memorizing the pages of WWD and VOGUE. I got high from the fashion and it bit me hard. My cardio was Loehmann's and Saks back then and to this day. Why would I want to join a gym when I can do laps at Neiman's?
Condoms were a part of any sexual activity in my youth. Having gone to college the same year Magic Johnson came out as being HIV positive, it seemed logical that any sex would be protected. HIV prevention was just part of my culture. Up until that point anything you contracted sexually was treated with a shot, but AIDS was some scary shit. No glove, no love! Condoms became fashionable.
My grandmother gave me a LENOX candy dish when I moved into my first house. This was a beautiful pedestal dish, trimmed in 14K gold borders, but the last thing I wanted in my home was a bowl full of candy. I lived alone. Any supply of candy would be eaten entirely by me. Instead of Jelly Belly Jelly Beans, I stocked the Lenox dish with festive and pretty wrapped condoms. Gold coins, ribbed, colored, and novelty designs were a whimsical addition to my powder room. It was a self serve dispenser and when guests used my bathroom, they could help themselves. It was condom-pal-ooza over at my place.
Fast way, way, way, forward to tonight. I attended the annual Condom Couture for Planned Parenthood of Central Ohio. Not only did I get my fair share of fashion, I helped a worthy organization at the same time. It was fabulous.
I knew we were in for a beautiful celebration when I noticed the corsages on the hosts.
Created from condoms and pearls these beauties were a refreshing change from carnations and baby's breath.
Fashion with a cause has never looked better! The party before,
during and after the show was half the fun. I got to have a smart cocktail with my friends, dress in my vintage Chanel lace skirt, and gab about who was there and what they were wearing. PERFECTION!
The evening features a runway, couture inspired fashion show with dresses made from condoms. The designers are local students from COLUMBUS COLLEGE OF ART & DESIGN, who compete for a grand prize. The spirit of the evening was lively and the dresses were unbelievable. I tried to capture runway images like I was the 614 Paparazzi,
but with my wimpy digital camera I did a decent job of getting the backside of the dresses and a ton of out of focus shots. Thankfully I was able to shoot some video from the final walk through on the runway,
and I had access to the models after the show. I took so many photos because even up close, you could not tell these dresses and outfits were constructed from condoms.
The styles and craftsmanship was truly a work of wearable art! Can you believe these dresses are crafted from condoms?
The evening was splendid! Condom Couture. In my world, this is as good as it gets! New York, eat your heart out, the folks in Columbus know about sex and fashion!
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