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Poodle skirts and more in '50s fashion show

Poodle skirts reign supreme. That's what all the girls say. The girls, in this instance, are members of the Norton Park Methodist Church in Riverside, and they'll be wearing the vintage skirts when they sing the '50s' song, "Lollipop, Lollipop," ...

Poodle skirts reign supreme.
That's what all the girls say.
The girls, in this instance, are members of the Norton Park Methodist Church in Riverside, and they'll be wearing the vintage skirts when they sing the '50s' song, "Lollipop, Lollipop," and serve luncheon at a gala fashion show at the church on Saturday, May 6.
"Pretty cool" is how Patty Nilsen, 10, described the poodle skirt she will be wearing at the fashion show, which is a fund-raiser for her church.
"I think they're cute," added Andrea Oliver, 15, another poodle skirt model. "I like them. I'd wear them to school."
Those of a slightly older generation might roll their eyes at this news -- poodle skirts, back in fashion?
Maybe. The brightly colored full skirts with a felt poodle prancing along the hem decorated with a sequined collar, leash trailing behind, can even be ordered on the Internet, said Mary Larson, who wrote a skit for the event.
The only problem is, nobody knows where the original poodle skirt came from -- who thought up the design and why.
"There must be some reason somebody did it," she said.
Larson had her own suggestion: "Maybe somebody had a spot that the dry cleaners couldn't get out and so they covered it up with a poodle." Perhaps. Certainly it would be fun to know where the first poodle skirt came from, she said.
Poodle skirts and lots more will featured at the "Happy Days: Back to the '50s" fashion show.
White bucks and saddle shoes, pony tails and more will be modeled by members of the congregation.
Larson's historical skit will cover everything from Model-T Fords to the rock 'n' roll hits of the '50s.
"We're going to have a little fun with it," she said.
To top it all off, a group of three "gals" who sing '50s' songs will entertain, said Darlene Johnson, who is one of the organizers of the show.
Peggy White, Jill Hoffman and Mary Joe Whlenkott call themselves "Jukebox," and are part of Change of Pace Productions and Bennett's Dinner Theater.
White, co-founder of the popular dinner theater, said the trio loves to perform those old songs. "It's really a fun thing to do that McGuire Sisters' stuff," she said.
They'll be performing all the hits from those days.
Like last year's wildly popular fashion show at the church, "Brides of Yesteryear," this year's fund-raiser should also draw in the crowds, Johnson said. And, like last year, Tia's Fashion & Gifts will be there with items for sale.
Tickets are $6 for adults, $3 for children. All proceeds will go to the church.
For more information and to reserve tickets, call 624-5995.

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