They did this by taking a different approach for the top half of the dress. On the bodice, made of smooth pink wrapping paper, they wrote words in marker that they had thought through to illustrate the fashion’s conflicting messages.

In block letters and cursive, descriptive words including “blonde”, “beauty”, “sexy” and “blue eyes” shared a space with sharper vocabulary, such as “diet”, “plastic surgery”, “height”. 0 ”,“ cellulite ”and“ hurts a lot ”.

“I really wanted to do something that shows what society’s expectations are of teenage girls,” said Baker-Wainwright, 16.

“It’s not us,” McLeod agreed, referring to the fashion images on the dress’s skirt. “It’s pretend.”

Rowan Childs, who started the Madison Reading Project three years ago with a focus on early childhood literacy and now offers books and literacy programs for children up to high school, was everything. just thrilled that young people are participating in the fundraising event.

“I love when we can have kids who help kids,” Childs said, “especially when they use reading materials (as part of the dress) to help us fundraise for programs. literacy. “

Other fundraising attendees include teams from American Girl, Bella Domicile, and select Monroe Street businesses including Rupert Cornelius and Mystery to Me. Tickets for the Saturday night event are sold out.