Sunday, January 10, 2010 - BUTLER EAGLE C7
Discount gown sale will
benefit local nonprofits
By BOB SCHULTZ Mystique, Xcite, Tiffany, Alyce Designs, Joli
Eagle Staff Writer Prom, Bdazzle, Me Prom, Bari Jay, Zum Zum
CRANBERRY TWP — With the success of and Alfred Angelo.
last year’s Run for the Gowns sale, the Cran- Moran said most people are looking for a
berry Township Community Chest will have dress for school proms, but she added some
another sale starting Jan. 31. might want formal dresses for events such as
The doors will open at noon to the township the American Heart Association Heart Ball
municipal center’s Senior/Teen Center for and the annual Glass Slipper Ball.
shoppers who can select from more than 225 Moran said the event last year raised near-
gowns in a variety of colors, styles and sizes. ly $4,000, and the group again hopes “to raise
The entire selection will be available from as much money as it can to benefit local non-
noon to 4 p.m. Jan. 31 for $50 per dress. profits.”
Unsold gowns will be available at reduced Nearly 400 people attended the opening day
prices from 3 to 5 p.m. Feb. 1 for $30 each, of the sale last year. That event resulted in
and from 3 to 5 p.m. Feb. 2 for $10 each. 112 gowns being sold.
Gretchen Moran of the community chest The remaining gowns were donated to the
said the some of the gowns have been donat- United Presbyterian Church on Rochester
ed by shop owners and some have been Road, which has a ministry for underprivi- BUTLER EAGLE FILE PHOTO
bought at discount prices from outlets. leged youth.
The original prices of the “tried on, but nev- A teenage girl browses through gowns March 2 township municipal center. The group will again
For information on the sale, visit the com-
er worn” gowns range from $199 to $750. during last year’s Cranberry Township Commu- hold the fundraiser for local nonprofits Jan. 31
munity chest Web site at www.ctchest.org or
nity Chest’s Run for the Gowns sale at the and Feb. 1 and 2.
Designer names for the dresses include call 724-776-48906, Ext. 1103.
EN G AGEMENT S Western wear an evolved style
By ASSOCIATED PRESS stars, Reeves said. “The Lone
Barger DENVER — Thousands of
cowboys and cowgirls will be
Ranger” and “Hopalong Cas-
sidy” TV Westerns carried the
look in the 1950s.
decked out in their Western
A June 26 wedding is being finery at the National Western Reeves once saw an original
planned by Victoria Wilson of Stock Show in Denver this Lone Ranger costume, including
Butler and Benjamin Barger of month. But if an original cow- stretchy blue tights. “It was, ew-
Emlenton. boy from the late 1800s some- w-w, kind of scary. You looked
The bride-to-be is the daugh- how stumbled in, would he rec- at the suit and it was kind of
ter of David and Denise Wilson ognize anybody? like dance class,” he said.
of Butler. Parents of the “He wouldn’t even recognize But the Lone Ranger’s hat,
prospective bridegroom are the cows,” said Steve Weil, boots and gun belt were
Donald and R. Alesia Barger president of Denver’s Rock- enough to convince audiences
of Emlenton. mount Ranch Wear. that he was a cowboy.
The bride-elect will gradu- Western wear today doesn’t “Even though the rest of it
ate in 2011 from the Vet Tech look much like what the leg- had more to do with leotards
Institute of Pittsburgh. endary young cowhands wore than what cowboys wore, we
Her fiance graduated in 2005 from the 1870s through the said, ‘Yeah, that’s a cowboy.’ We
from Fort Lebouef High School 1890s, designers and historians ASSOCIATED PRESS made that cognitive leap,”
Victoria Wilson and
and in 2010 from Edinboro say. The clothing has adapted Reeves said.
Benjamin Barger Steve Weil, president of Rockmount Ranch Wear, shows off one
University, where he majored to meet changing styles, just as Rodeo performers in the ear-
of his company’s latest offerings Dec. 30 inside the firm’s head- ly 1900s had an underrated
in business administration. cattle have been bred to meet quarters in Denver. Historians say current Western wear has influence on the Western look,
evolving tastes. evolved so much during the past century a cowboy of 100 years
In the 1880s, Texas cowboys Reeves said. They started wear-
Wilson, often wore battered, floppy
hats and loose pants made of
ago would not recognize those wearing the styles of today. ing bigger hats and brighter col-
ors to get noticed, and teenagers
Wild West shows, draws hun- “Even in the 1870s, they
Shannon wool or canvas. Cowboys from
California or other parts west
of the Rockies more likely
dreds of thousands of people
with a noticeably tidier look.
would try to show that ‘I’m a
Texan, I’m a cowboy, I don’t
in the audience began to imitate
the style when they dressed up
for a dance, if not when they
A May 29 wedding is being wore tighter pants made of Today’s well-dressed cowboys walk behind a plow,”’ he said. went to work in the saddle.
planned by Elizabeth Wilson of denim and a red sash, a carry- and cowgirls are more likely to It wasn’t until the 1920s and Western wear has evolved
Butler and Zackary Shannon of over from the Mexican vaque- wear a clean hat with a careful- 30s, years after the cattle into a hardy industry, if a rela-
Cabot. ros. ly creased crown, maybe in a drives that made the cowboy tively small one. Sales figures
Or a cowboy’s clothes might style called “Cattleman” or an American hero, that the are hard to come by, but
The bride-to-be is the daugh- be a chaotic mess with no dis- “Montana” or “Gus.” They might style we recognize today as Mundee of Rocky Mountain
ter of David and Denise Wilson cernible style at all, said Don also wear a brightly colored Western wear began to emerge, Clothing estimates the segment
of Butler. Parents of the Reeves, a curator at the shirt and heavily starched jeans. Reeves and Weil said. accounts for about $500 million
prospective bridegroom are National Cowboy & Western “My dry-cleaning bill is That had as much to do with a year in sales. The overall
Donna Lynn and Chucky Heritage Museum in Oklahoma through the roof,” said Keith Hollywood and the music busi- U.S. apparel market is about
Crispin of Cabot. City. Mundee, vice president for ness as it did with working $200 billion a year, said Beth
The bride elect is a 2007 “In earlier times, you had sales and marketing for Rocky cowboys. Boyle of NPD Group, a market
graduate of Butler High such a mismatch of people and Mountain Clothing of Denver. “Western fashion as we know research provider.
School. She will graduate in the clothes they wore. They “Just this weekend I spent $140 it really came into its own with People in the Western wear
Zackary Shannon looked more like refugees than on starched jeans.” the movies, the Western business say it’s relatively sta-
2011 from the Vet Tech Insti-
and Elizabeth Wilson cowboys,” said Reeves, who Cowboy boots might have movie,” Weil said. Before the ble, even during the recession.
tute of Pittsburgh.
holds the McCasland Chair of changed the least over time. 1920s, “Western fashion as we “We’ve always done well
Her fiance graduated in 2007 employed by Hoffman’s Auto Cowboy Culture at the muse- Such embellishments as high know it did not exist.” through the downturns,”
from Butler High School. He is Parts in Butler. um. heels and decorated uppers The look hit its zenith in the Mundee said. “They may not
An event like the National appeared early as cowboys 1940s with the fancy outfits of buy a new truck, or horse, or
Western, with 16 days of rodeo, tried to set themselves apart, Roy Rogers and Gene Autry, saddle, but they always want to
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