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Hot air balloon enthusiasts host fashion show

on Wednesday,January 19,2011 20:01

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When people think of fashion shows, hot air balloons might not come to mind. However, in one Iowa town, balloon fabrics on the runway are common every year.

Recently, the National Balloon Museum hosted its fourth Ballooning Fashion Flare and Brunch to embrace the hot air balloon community and Des Moines residents alike, according to the Des Moines Register. The fashion show took place over the course of two hours, displaying ensembles composed of fabric typically used to create hot air balloons.

The museum hosts the event annually to give aspiring designers the opportunity to showcase their talents and gain experience in the field. Vendors have also been known to exhibit their fashions at the show to gain notoriety for their local businesses.

"It was fun to bring my store, which people maybe don’t know about, here to Indianola," participant Anita Allen told the news source.

More than 50 people showed up to the event this year. Organizers say that all proceeds will go the National Balloon Museum.

Employment in fashion design is only predicted to rise 1 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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