Recapping the Oklahoma Modernism Weekend: The Flashback Fashion Show

by Debbie Ellis and Lynne Rostochil.  Photos by Jared Kinley.

The Flashback Fashion Show has become such a huge part of the Oklahoma Modernism Weekend that we feel it deserves its own Mod Blog, especially when there are so many people taking photos of all of the lovely models and the fabulous vintage fashions.  This year, photographer Jared Kinley was on hand to shoot the show and he has kindly allowed us to share some of his images with you here.  In addition, the Junk Fairy herself, Debbie Ellis, is providing descriptions of the clothing for you.  So sit back, grab a snack, and enjoy all of the visual eye candy!

Here are a couple behind-the-scenes shots of the models getting ready for the big event.  The first image is of Carol Perry doing Josie’s hair:

Debbie and Josie trying on the mod silver ball earrings:

Round 1

Zhiane looks uber mod a ’60s mini slip with her dog, London, who is modeling a custom-made ’60s dog costume:

Iris Perry is ready for a day at the beach in this vintage bathing suit that once belonged to our own Terri Sadler:

You can’t get much more adorable than Josie in this baby blue ’50s playset with pomp pom trim:

Brooke Taylor shows off a ’50s sundress with an unusual and very flattering criss cross top:

You’ve got to love the Street’s box!


Mandy is all summer in this fun and bright ’50s-early ’60s day dress:

How perfectly coordinated is Megan Carpenter in this ’50s day dress with hat, gloves, and red wig case:

Lindsay adorns a fun, two-piece summer set that would be great for a frolicking and very mod picnic:

Vivian and Zella are ready for a weekend at Grandma’s their ’60s attire.  This is their second year modeling:

Roger models a sporty cabana shirt with white shorts and a happy straw hat:

Ashlyn is all glam in this dark red chiffon Jonathon Logan dress.  She’s also carrying a delightful strawberry straw purse:

Brayson models ’60s plaid pants and with a yellow Dalton knit shirt in a window pane pattern. This was his third year modeling at the Flashback Fashion Show, and he also served as emcee for the event:

Round 2

Zhiane and London are going all-out mod with their colorful ensembles:

You’ve got to love the mix match of color, pattern, and texture with this inspired look modeled by the lovely Megan Carpenter:

Brooke Taylor is ready for school with her ’60s mod dress, boots, and daisy binder. Hair by Rose Swift:

Sisters Zella and Vivian are rocking their colorful mod attire:

Will Hodges wears a mod polka dot ’60s button up and shorts:

Roger caused many an ooo and ahh with these pink corduroy pants and matching black sweater:

Brother and sister duo, Drew Cockrell (from Los Angeles) and Mandy Fleming (from Kansas) show off matching psychedelic outfits:

Meaghan shows off a classy ’60s tapestry hot pants and vest set:

Ashlyn stunned the crowd in these mod palazzo green and purple pants with matching tie up top:

Iris Perry, who is an acting student in Los Angeles, models a flower power, ’60s hot pants set with matching vest. She’s carrying a horoscope-themed wooden box purse:

Brayson is all sunshine in this ’60s yellow ensemble:

 Josie rocks it in these ’60s mod, waist high pantyhose boots called Pant T boots.

How crazy cool are they?  You’ll think they’re even cooler when you know that actress Miley Cyrus adorned this very pair of Pant T boots for a photo shoot at the Womb with famed photographer, Vijat Mohindra for Platik Magazine (emojis added by Debbie to keep everything g rated):

Round 3

Zhiane models a mod slip made for a mini skirt, and London is wearing another custom-made ’60s dog costume:

Brooke Taylor is looking very Greco-Roman in this ’50s pink nightgown with rhinestones and pearls.  Her hair is by Rose Swift and was inspired by a Mad Men episode — can you figure out which one?

Megan looks oh so feminine in this aqua lingerie set:


Will Hodges seems to enjoy showing off these skimpy-by-today’s-standards ’60s barkcloth trunks:

Roger cools off in these ’60s Jantzen cotton trunks:

Brayson looks right at home in this terry shirt cover up and tropical ’60s trunks:

Mandy is channeling her inner I Dream of Jeannie in this ’60s chiffon peignoir set with gold metallic trim:

Ashlyn is all glam and romance in this ’60s flowing yellow peignoir set with marabou trim:

On the sassier side, Lindsay is styling in a ’60s white babydoll set with mesh go go boots:

Iris could go anywhere, in or out of the boudoir, in this flowy peignoir set:

Josie is ready for a little go go dancing in this silver lame ensemble:

Drew looks mighty stylish in his Mondrian robe and yellow trunks:

And what better way to cap off the show than by taking a little dive into what is surely the most beautiful pool in the metro?

After all of the changing and primping, it’s time for a little celebration of another successful Flashback Fashion Show:

Thank you so much to Debbie and everyone who participated in the Flashback Fashion Show this year:  Diana Harris at Bad Granny’s, hair and make-up artists Carole Perry, Rose Swift, Kila Madison Owen, and Ashley Mann, and all of the charming models: Zhiane Dempsey & London, Iris Alexis Alexis Perry, Josie Pierseon, Brooke Taylor, Mandy Fleming, Ashlyn Rawls, Lindsay Yeager, Megan Carpenter, Meaghan Syrjälä, Aubrey Ariana Khalilian, Zella and Vivian Martin, Brayson, Will Hodges, Drew Cockrell, and Roger Resendiz.  You guys are AMAZING and we hope to see all of you back next year!

Next week, we finish up our recap of the Oklahoma Modernism Weekend with a look at the incredible abodes on this year’s Mod Home Tour.  It was quite spectacular!