I’ll admit to some hesitation when Anne-Marie Keppel first approached me about partnering with the 9th annual Montpelier Fashion Show. As a farming and gardening organization, we don’t often have much crossover with the world of fashion.
Anne-Marie explained that the Fashion Show partners with a different nonprofit each year to bring awareness and attention to its cause. This year, the show is moving from its traditional spot on State Street to the Statehouse lawn, under the “golden glow of the Capitol building” and the protective eye of Ceres, whose likeness graces the top of the dome. Ceres, the Roman Goddess of agriculture, is the inspiration for the 2013 Montpelier Fashion Show theme, “A Night in Ancient Rome,” and also the inspiration for the partnership with NOFA-VT.
The fashion show also wanted to promote the idea that beauty begins with a healthy body — and a healthy body begins with healthy food. We couldn’t agree more! So, we find ourselves the proud partners of the Montpelier Fashion Show. We’ll be helping to source vegetables for a fresh veggie dress, to be designed by Elizabeth Pieroni, who designed the dress in the image on the right. Our friends at High Mowing Organic Seeds will also be sending a creation down the runway – we can’t wait to see what it is.
The 9th Annual Montpelier Fashion Show will take place Friday, June 7th on the Statehouse lawn. Hope to see you there!
(You can get a sense of the fun energy of the event with this episode of Stuck in Vermont from Seven Days!)