Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Charity Through Fashion

There was a fashion show at our school this week. Its proceeds will go to help the victims of the typhoon in the Philippines. The fashion collection was designed by a pretty well-known Thai designer who also happens to be the stepmother of one of the elementary school students. This designer often works with ambassadors, and has designed wedding dresses for a few teachers at our school within the last couple of years. Because she works with many ambassadors, she is personal friends with the U.S. ambassador to Thailand, Kristie Kenney, who was in the audience as well as a guest model during the show.

It was an interesting and fun event. My friend and I had only the general-admission tickets, but were upgraded to the "VIP seats" (which cost five times as much as our tickets) because they weren't filled. The dress code ranged from shorts and t-shirts to Versace gowns. I was reminded of the Kennedy Center, where I used to see people wearing anything from jeans to floor-length gowns at the opera and ballet.

Most of the male models were students and teachers at the school, but I recognized only a few of the female models as being from the school. I wouldn't be surprised if some of them were parents of students. Regardless, they were all so gorgeous. The menswear was...okay, but I enjoyed the women's collection with its variety of fabrics, colors, and cuts.

This choir was quite good and sang a number of songs in Thai and English prior to the start of the show.
The husband of one of the high school teachers.
One of the high school students.
One of the elementary P.E. teachers, who is Scottish with such a thick accent that I have no idea what he's saying most of the time.
One of the swim coaches and the husband of one of the high school counselors.
A middle school P.E. teacher.
One of the third grade teachers.
Another elementary P.E. teacher. All the Thai moms are always swooning over him, and he's also been hit on by Thai women while just walking down the streets of Bangkok.
The U.S. Ambassador to Thailand, second from the right.
A student performs the violin during intermission.
An alum of the school sings.
Two high school seniors dancing.
This woman works in the Office of Development and interviewed my husband for his current position.
One of the high school teachers. I thought she and her gown were both gorgeous.
Another pretty gown.
This model was struttin' her stuff.
This woman is the student events coordinator at the high school.
I loved this dress. It looked almost like a sari from far away. The picture doesn't do it justice at all.
I really liked the color of this dress.
The ambassador was the grand finale. She was moving so much that I couldn't get a good picture of the front of her dress, but take my word that it was beautiful.

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