Siloam Springs, Ark (March 13, 2002) - John Brown University hosted a spring fashion show for women on Monday, March 11. Sixteen female students modeled $2,000 worth of clothing from national retailers Target Super center of Tulsa, Wal-Mart Super center of Siloam Springs, and Old Navy of Fayetteville. The three retailers loaned the women’s clothing to JBU for the fashion event.
The JBU student development staff members who organized the event said their goal was to discuss image, fashion and modesty of dress in a fun and exciting manner. Kristi Mouttet, JBU counselor and co-organizer of the Fashion Frenzy, said that the purpose of the show was also to educate the attendees about fashion for different body types and different social occasions and environments.
“Too often, society forces a certain image upon us as women and we accept it,” Mouttet said. “We wanted to show that there are other ways that fashion can help to express yourself.”
Mary Ann Guinn, university nurse, also helped plan and organize the event.
Guinn said that she felt the forum was needed to remind students that “they don't have to look like the skinny pale models in the magazines or on TV...they're already beautiful.”
About 180 female JBU students attended the free event. Door prices were donated by the John Brown University Bookstore, Dayspring Cards of Siloam Springs, and Noah’s Ark Bookstore of Rogers. The JBU Women’s Fellowship provided refreshments for the event.
John Brown University is a private university with an enrollment of over 1,600 students from 45 states and 33 countries. JBU is a member of the Arkansas Independent Colleges and Universities as well as the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.