27 Dresses Tea and Fashion Show at Cornerstone

The women of Cornerstone Assembly of God Church were recently treated to a Ladies’ Tea which included a fashion show of their own wedding gowns and formalwear.  An open invitation was sent via the church email to every woman in the congregation calling for their special gowns for the event.  The fashion show was called “27 Dresses,” but there were 49 dresses by the time of the event.  Models had to be found, dress descriptions written and prizes were chosen for winners of several categories.  

Thanks to the diligence of the Cornerstone Women’s Ministry Council, after many hours of planning and preparation, on Saturday, March 10, women came in their best attire, including some with hats, to enjoy the beautifully decorated tables, delicious food and the fun fashion show in the church’s fellowship hall.  They were served freshly-made traditional tea fare such as scones, cucumber sandwiches, fruit kabobs and sweet breads along with plenty of hot tea.  

Pastor Rowena Hall spoke to the group using two vintage Barbie dolls as she talked about the unrealistic expectations we too often apply to ourselves.  She reminded the women that it does not matter what size we are, how we look, or how tall or short we are, we are all beautiful to God and He considers each of us special.  

After dessert, the fashion show began.  The 49 dresses modeled included a vintage gown worn at the Elkhart Indiana bicentennial celebration in 1958, formals, mother-of-the-bride, bridesmaid, flower girl and wedding gowns from all eras.  

Prizes were given for various categories:  First Dress Turned In, Shirley Fox’s 1967 gown made by her mother-in-law-to-be; Oldest Wedding Gown, Debbie Pundt’s 1951 handmade gown worn by her grandmother and two subsequent generation brides; Newest Wedding Gown, Lauren Brock Smith from last October 15; Most Unique Gown, Ann Kistner’s authentic Indian sari mother-of-the bride dress worn at her daughter’s wedding in India; and People’s Choice, Barbara Bell’s 1961 gown with its wide taffeta below-the-knee skirt.  

Lisa Brock, of Chester, wore her own wedding gown even though it was almost 29 years since she first wore it.  Kim Manion wore her daughter’s wedding gown from her wedding the previous year.  Connie “Joe” Dougherty’s wedding gown was worn by her adult daughter.  

Photos were taken of the fashion show, which also included each model with the original wearer of the gown.  They can be viewed on the Cornerstone Women’s Ministry’s Facebook page.  It was a fun, fashionable walk through many years of wedding and formal attire.


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