OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – The Down Syndrome Association of Central Oklahoma hosts its annual 3.21 Fashion Show.
According to DSACO, the 3.21 Fashion Show will take place on Thursday, January 26th at 6pm at Bricktown’s Criterion. The event is meant to celebrate his third copy of the 21st chromosome and showcase the beauty of Down syndrome.
“We are very excited to host our annual 3.21 fashion show. This fundraising event showcases how beautiful and creative Down syndrome can be, and recognizes the person first, not the disability,” said the executive director. says Sarah Sowell of
The event kicks off with a cocktail hour that includes hors d’oeuvres and a blue carpet walk showcasing models and silent auction items. After cocktail hour is over, the model will wear her fashions, locally handmade by NASH Engineered Fashion, and showcase her auction items live during the show.
DSACO said it has partnered with NASH Engineered Fashion to make the event possible. Fashion designer and NASH co-founder Tamra Gould helps raise awareness and funds to support people with Down syndrome.
“DSACO has been a big part of my life since my brother Trafford, who has Down syndrome, was born. Partnering with DSACO on the 3.21 fashion show is an opportunity to serve and give back to an organization that has given me and my family so much.”
NASH’s other co-founders, Juan Aguilar and Gould, will begin designing exclusive costumes for each model in the show. According to DSACO, the fashion show will feature Gould’s brother Trafford, who has his own line of fashion called “Nash Panda.”
Aguilar and Gould met with each model individually and were able to inject passion and personality into each outfit. Aguilar explains: “We also incorporated the numbers 3 and 21 throughout the lineage because Down’s syndrome is the result of a third replication of the 21st chromosome,” Gould adds.
3.21 The goal of fashion show designers is to showcase the capabilities of individuals with Down syndrome.
“People with disabilities are often oversimplified or stereotyped as being happy all the time when in reality there is so much more. We want to showcase the power, depth and dimension of Down Syndrome,” said Gould.
For more information on the 3.21 fashion show and to purchase tickets, please visit the DSACO website.
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