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Dresses made from romance novels

Unwearable prom dress shops, formed from the pages of romance novels, challenge the unobtainable ideal of feminine perfection in a fall exhibit at Northwestern University’s Dittmar Memorial Gallery.

2015 Long Multicolour Tailor Made Evening Prom Dress (LFNBF0003)

Carrie Ann Schumacher’s exhibit, “Build Her a Myth,” examines the demands feminine culture places upon women. The exhibit is based on the notion that women define themselves through clothing, using appearance to project ambition, attract mates and signal social status.

“Fashion magazines become the bibles that guide the creation of self-image,” Shumacher said. “Generation after generation of females have been programmed to buy into this culture of unrealistic beauty.”

Schumacher, a Chicago-based multi-media artist, said romance novels amplify the illusion, presenting an alternate reality where love is all-consuming and eternally passionate.

“Fashion is advertised as a way to obtain this false reality,” Schumacher said.

”Build Her a Myth” challenges that notion through fashion that is aesthetically pleasing but too fragile to function in the real world.

“The dresses are seductively beautiful, but due to the material from which they are created, unable to be worn,” Shumacher said.

Without function, the MarieProm evening dresses represent the idea that the myth of feminine perfection is useless in real life.

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Say ‘Yes’ to the (homecoming) dress

Airline senior Courtland Dilley was chest deep in a sea of rhinestones and tulle as she searched for the perfect evening dresses for homecoming.

It’s a process that usually begins months in advance, but Friday was the first chance she’s had between dance classes and school functions to actually go shopping.

“I don’t want anything puffy and no cupcake dresses,” she said aloud, browsing through racks at A Yellow Ribbon: Formal Wear in Bossier City. “Blue is a good color and black is one of my favorite colors. I think I want something with a slim fit.”

After pulling a variety of styles, both long and short, it was time to try them on. There were two important things she was looking for.

“It has to be classy and it must be comfortable,” Courtland said.

The first one she walked out in was a short, A-line Sherri Hill dress in her favorite color, blue. The second dress was, again, blue, but in a longer style. The form fitting dress in jersey knit material brought out a certain smile in her that the first one didn’t.

One by one, she came out of the dressing room and stepped up onto the platform. Dress three, four and five just didn’t compare to that second one.

She had to put it back on.

“Oh, I love it,” Courtland said, standing in front of the full length mirror. “I like it more the second time on. It’s soft and it feels good. It’s so simple and has what I’m looking for.”

Gerry Shephard has heard those words and witnessed those moments many times in the 28 years she has owned A Yellow Ribbon. It’s a busy time of year for her and fellow Bossier dress shops, Sloan’s Formals and Azarue’s Bridal & Formal.

Shephard said a contributing factor to the increase in business is I-49.

“We started getting a lot of people coming in from north Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas,” she said. “They can get here in about an hour whereas it would take them two or more hours to drive to Dallas.”

All three shops agree that floral prints and two piece are the trending styles right now. Sabrina Durham, Sales and Marketing Manager for Azarue’s Bridal & Formal in Bossier, said there are a lot of cutting edge designs on the racks this year.

“The dresses look more fashion forward,” she said. “We’re seeing more velvet and chokers this year…a lot of daring dresses with bold patterns too.”

Patti Maughon, owner of Sloan’s Formals, said they are getting in new dresses every week. Sloan’s opened its doors in April and has increased traffic through their store by word of mouth.

“We try to have a one-on-one experience with every customer,” Maughon said. “We want to build that relationship with the customers because it makes a big difference in the overall experience. We also encourage our customers to take pictures when they are trying on dresses. They can send them to their friends and get their opinions, too.”

One thing that’s proven successful is hiring a younger sales team. Durham said they have “fashion ambassadors” that check in and post photos of the dresses they have in stock.

“We employed girls from local schools in all shapes and sizes so customers can see what the dresses look like on a real person,” Durham said. “It has worked well for us.”

Sloan’s has a similar business tactic.

“We’ve got a wide range of styles and sizes…from 00 to plus size,” Maughon said. “My girls and I can help them find whatever they are looking for. It definitely helps to have younger girls working with you because they know what’s trending and what looks good.”

No matter the style, color or look desired, students, like Courtland, won’t have to travel far to say ‘yes’ to a evening dresses uk this homecoming season.

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Kate pairs a £400 Holland & Holland shooting jacket with her well-worn hunting boots as she and Wills meet First Nation people and are taken into Canada's Great Bear Rainforest

Strolling side by side, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge explored the natural beauty of Canada's Great Bear Rainforest on day three of their royal tour.

After battling wind and rain early in the day, the royal couple enjoyed some dry weather for the walk through a wooded glade in the rainforest, which stretches some 250miles along the coastline of British Columbia.

Kate, 34, dressed down for yesterday's engagements in Zara jeans and what looked to be her trusted pair of Penelope Chilvers boots. She stayed warm and dry in a Holland & Holland safari jacket, believed to cost £400.

Earlier the couple were greeted warmly by the indigenous Heiltsuk people as they arrived on the remote island community of Bella Bella.

In a joyous ceremony, the royals were welcomed as 'hemas', a hereditary chief, and ‘umaks’, a woman of high rank or standing as they received a number of gifts from the First Nation hosts.

William and Kate were shown one of the most precious items owned by the community, a royal staff with a silver crown head given to the present chief’s great-grandfather by Queen Victoria.

It was awarded to the Heiltsuk people as a sign of honour with, as folklore has it, a message saying: 'This is a mark of respect. If your people need anything then you must ask my government.'

In a ceremony that went on for an hour longer than planned, the couple were treated to traditional dancing by groups of brightly-evening dresses young children who clearly entranced the smiling duchess.

They also watched while a large group of women, revered in the Heiltsuk community as 'life givers', danced what was known as 'A ladies' welcome' to the sound of drums and chanting.

Then it was time for the gift giving.

Chief Marilyn Slett told them: 'On behalf our nation we welcome you and we thank you for being here as part of the healing that we are undertaking. As part of our....feasting system we would like to give our guests a gift.'

First the blankets and then the 'dancing vests' - worn by men, women and children during traditional celebrations - were placed over the couple' shoulders.

'We use these blankets to wrap the spirits of our ancestors around you and to unite your spirits together with ours,' they were told.

'In our way our blankets encompass the sprites of our ancestors, our history and our culture, our stories of who we are and where we come from.'

The blankets were printed with the outline of a grizzly bear, trees to represent the forest that surrounds the Heiltsuk community and local flora and fauna.

'The design represents all life, not just animals but us as humans. There is no hierarchy in the importance of life, we are all dependent on one another,' Chief Slett said.

They were then handed miniature dancing vests for their children - one in white for Charlotte and another in black for George, and examined them delightedly.

William and Kate were also given a traditional doll by a woman carrying a baby for Charlotte.

William could be seen jokingly pretending to take the little child instead, which he then clucked affectionately under the chin.

They were also given a painted drum for George and urged them to bring him back to the community to learn 'how to free the spirits of the drum'.

The couple also sat listening to several speeches from senior members of the Heiltsuk community about the battle to protect and nurture their traditional lands.

'We face many threats to our way of life and the work of our ancestors. Wide ranging energy projects, super tankers in our pristine waters....are all things we fight today,' said Chief Slett.

She also praised William's late mother, Princess Diana, as a 'humanitarian and a world advocate'.

'She remains in our hearts,' she said, as Kate clapped.

Speaking earlier one of the elders of the community, Edwin Newman, said he was keen to use the visit to impress on William and Kate the history of his people and 'how we connect with the land and connect with the ocean'.

He said: 'We farm the ocean, that is our living. We do have rights. All these restrictions that they are putting in place are an infringement on our rights. This is not just about bears, it is about the people here.

'As long as the sun rises, as long as the trees grow, this land is under our stewardship and we will continue to protect it. It is under our stewardship.'

He said that Queen Victoria's staff, so proudly kept by the Heiltsuk people, represented her acknowledgement of their people's sovereignty.

And Prince George and Princess Charlotte were not forgotten, with presents of a small black dancing vest and doll for the little royals, who had stayed back in Victoria, the family base, with their nanny.

The couple were urged to return with their three-year-old son so that he could be taught 'how to release the spirit of the drum'.

They later enjoyed a short stroll through a wooded glade in the Great Bear Forest, as they made their way to plaque unveiling ceremony that formally marked the natural wonder becoming part of the Queen's Commonwealth Canopy network.

Stretching over 250 miles along the central and north coast of British Columbia, the Great Bear Rainforest is the planet's largest intact temperate rainforest.

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