As the NFL celebrates 50 years of not only welcoming some of the greatest ever to play the game on the field, it also celebrated 50 years of the greatest way to showcase style and flair, on the runway. Per Sherri Mosnot, who chairs the fashion spectacular, the first HOF fashion show was held in 1963 with about 300 attendees and has grown to an audience of over 3,200.
Staying on trend with the pulse of fashion world, the show featured the combo of black and white accompanied by “a pop of color”! Having its own “pop of color” moment the highlight of the show came when the wives of NFL Hall of Fame inductees sashayed down the runway they included, Beverly Warfield, wife of Paul Warfield; Mary Brown, wife of the late Paul Brown; Agnes Greene, wife of Joe Greene; Marianne Staubach, wife of Roger Staubach; Jeri Fouts, wife of Dan Fouts; Betty Blanda, wife of George Blanda; and Dana Harris, wife of Franco Harris.
As acrobatic dancers formed a back drop for some of the fashion scenes, stilt walkers from local group Pick Up Stix Stilters introduced the children’s fashions and danced through the spectacular grand finale, which also featured the University of Akron Brazilian Percussion Ensemble. Combining Mardi Gras and high fashion came with ease as fashion from over 24 stores in the northeast Ohio area which ranged from department store Dillard’s to specialty boutiques such as Lingenfelter Brill Furs and 2 Cute Kids Boutique to American Commodore Dress Shoppe as well as independent jewelry designer Michelle Pajak-Reynolds, this year’s fashion show was more than a show it was an extravaganza!
Photo Credit: Michael Johnson
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