More than 50 young women from seven high schools in Orange County, California, staged an unusual fashion show for their upscale community on March 6.

Organized around the theme, “My Style, Modest Fashions for 2010”, this exposition for the young and well-dressed featured exclusively articles of apparel that met the test of modesty.

Young women aged 16-18 walked the runway, modelling stylish outfits appropriate for school, church, formal, and hip casual wear.  Clothing and accessories for the event were provided by more than 20 cooperating stores, including Macys, Old Navy, Wet Seal, Valencia Girls, The Closet, Windsor and Angl.  Each model’s outfit was selected specifically for her and tailored by a professional team of stylists.

Hair and makeup for the models was donated by two prominent styling salons.

Modesty:  An attitude of humility and decency in dress, grooming, language, and behavior.  If you are modest, you do not draw undue attention to yourself.  Instead, you seek to “glorify God in your body, and in your spirit.”  (from True to the Faith, a reference guide for LDS youth and new converts)

Held at the Rancho Santa Margarita stake center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the fashion show was widely advertised and open without charge to all girls, ages 12 to 18, and to their mothers.  More than 400 women and girls attended the Saturday event.

According to one of the models, “Sometimes dressing modest and cute can be hard, but it’s not impossible. That’s what we are trying to prove.”

“The goal of the Fashion Show is to teach that the way you dress is a reflection of what you are on the inside,” said one of the show’s adult organizers. “The way you dress sends messages about you to others and often influences the way you and others act, which is why the church teaches modesty in dress.”

Modesty-themed fashion events have become popular in recent years, representing a form of “push-back” from segments of the women’s clothing market dissatisfied with the lack of selection in modest wearing apparel.

To read more about “My Style, Modest Fashions for 2010”, see the detailed story with pictures at Meridian Magazine.

A slideshow of the young ladies struttin’ their stuff is also available for viewing here, courtesy of the Orange County Register.