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Fred Lynch

Zonta "Evening of Fashion" 1980

Posted Wednesday, October 14, 2015, at 12:00 AM

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Aug. 12, 1980 Southeast Missourian

Tyson King and Meghan Talley stole hearts as they appeared in matching outfits from Children's Bazaar at the Zonta Club's second annual Evening of Fashion in Cape Girardeau. See story below.

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Don Strohmeyer adds a touch of sophistication to the "Dress for Success" segment of Zonta's Evening of Fashion.

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Two very "at ease" young models for the upcoming show are Chris Talley, son of Mrs. and Mrs. William Talley, of Cape Girardeau, and Grayson Erlbacher, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Erlbacher, also of Cape Girardeau. Chris, handsome in a navy crew-neck sweater over a white oxford cloth button-down shirt, finds Grayson's bouncing curls tempting to pull. Grayson is also wearing the "preppie look" by Imp Originals in a Black Watch plaid kilt skirt and wool blazer. The fashions are from Children's Bazaar. (July 13, 1980)

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Marsha Vangilder, left, and Jan Halter, model two of the "total look" fashions to be shown at Zonta Club's "Evening of Fashion." The outfits are from The Gazebo. Marsha can face the hoped-for cooler weather this fall in a quilted short jacket and soft wool plaid pleated shirt. Jan is pert and pretty with an angora sweater which tops a plaid, long sleeved dress emphasizing the very popular use of different textures. Both models are wearing textured hose to complement their ensembles. (July 13, 1980)

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Included in this year's "Evening of Fashion" will be sportswear for the active person. Here, Mark Howard and Suzanne Gamster, both of Cape Girardeau, show tennis and racquetball wear from the Athletic Shoe Division of Howard's. (July 13, 1980)

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Don McNeely is measured for a suit to model in the "Dress for Success" segment at the Zonta Club's second annual "Evening of Fashion. Checking the fit for McNeely is Scott Medlock of Howard's. (Aug. 5, 1980 - Fred Lynch photos)

Aug. 12, 1980 Southeast Missourian

Zonta fashion show ushers in fall season

By Mary L. Spell

Zonta Club's second annual Evening of Fashion served as Cape Girardeau's own Hurricane Allen Monday night.

It swirled into town and blew the summer doldrums away with its presentation of crisp, smart fall hair and clothing fashions.

After the standing-room only crowd edged their way through the hors d'oeuvre tables at Ramada Inn, and into the large banquet rooms where a runway awaited the models, Miss Piggy (played by Pat Blackwell) welcomed them with several well-performed selections.

Vi Keys added dimension with her organ music to commentaries by Judy Buerkle as the show stoppers (the children wearing fashions by Children's Bazaar) began the Evening of Fashion.

Modeling for Children's Bazaar was Michelle Beld, Tanya Burford, Grayson Erlbacher, Ashley Hall, Regen Hall, Tyson King, Jason Ossick, Chris Talley, Meghan Talley, Jim Wilferth and Joe Wilferth.

The fast moving set changers kept the evening going at a brisk pace almost as fluid as gymnasts Emily Demopoulos and Wendi Meier did with their energetic performances on the balance beam.

A salute to America's Athletes was given by Shannon Cureton, Jim Evans, Ava Mabrey, Ted Osburn, Sandra Rust and Byron Young wearing sportswear from The Athletic Shoe.

A handsome addition to this year's show was the "Dress for Success" segment presented by Howard's. Showing the latest in menswear were Dr. Mike Bennett, Bob Cradic, David Hahs, Bob Herbst, Dr. George Magaletta, Don McNeely, John Oliver, Clarence Lee Shirrell, Fred Springer, Dr. Bill Stacy and Don Strohmeyer.

Jim Cox of Tommie's in Clayton, assisted by Henry Church, also of Tommie's, presented the "Make-Over" models: Paula Ervin, Dorothy Gilbert and Elizabeth Grimes. Peggy Kitsis, of The Face and the Body in St. Louis, provided the make-up. Clothes for the "new persons" were furnished by The Gazebo. Each of the three "make-overs" were selected from other advance ticket holders who applied.

Cox then presented "Electra '80," a hair fashion number with the help of Cathy Matthews, Margie Patrick, Debi Schumacher, Judy Stamp and Sharon Williams.

Ladies fashions which were presented by The Gazebo, Ltd. and furs by Revillon at Saks, in St. Louis, brought the show to an exciting finish. The preppie look; colors, wide shouldered coats, dresses and flat furs perked up the audience. Footwear and hosiery were provided by Ossick's for all segments of the show. The footwear ranged from flat black patent Mary Janes to pumps to sharp heeled boots for kilts and jeans.

The ladies fashions were modeled by Cynthia Christensen, Gayle Fuchs, Jan Halter, Della Jones, Mary Frances Kinder and Terri Leible.

Separates; elegant and impressive dresses; furs; footwear and hosiery all blended to show that women are dressing for an individualistic appearance with a total effort. Soft crepes blended with lacey collars provided an alternative to the smart suits meant for office wear.


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