I attended a most unusual event last night: the Art Bra Runway Show and Auction, which featured grown women (like my age!) parading around in bras, decorated in themes like: “Mardi Bra,” “Under the Big Apples,” “Erin Go Bra,” and “Booby Prize.” Before you think it was too kinky, please know that this fashion show and auction benefits a wonderful cause–supporting Breast Cancer awareness and particularly honoring those living, surviving, and thriving after breast cancer. Learn more about this noble cause at “Life After the Storm.”
Suffice it to say, by waving my auction paddle (in the shape of a bra!) around during the excitement of the night–and with the unintelligble words of the auctioneer among a room full of women’s laughter–I am now the proud new owner of my own art bra, which was modeled by a good friend of mine, who is a breast cancer survivor-and who definitely knows how to live!
The creation I ended up with is aptly named “Hey Baby, Nice Bandana!” Created by Jill Devereaux Donohue and inspired by the “dreaded headgear” of the bandana, which usually signifies a symbol of loss. Instead, the artist took a purple bandana, decorated it with beads, medallions, and all kinds of glitter and bling, turning it into a symbol of healing and bravery. Donohue said she also wants those fighting cancer to feel “sexy the whole way through the fight!” After my new bra visits Yale as part of a museum display, then goes on to grace this group’s culminating event, “The Pink Tie,” in October, it’ll find its way to my home. I’ll post a picture of it then; last night I was too busy waving my bra paddle around in the bidding process to snap a photo!
Congrats to “Life after the Storm” for an awesome event!