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Fashioned Forward: Fashion with a Purpose

Updated on July 23, 2009

What is Fashioned Foward Ministries?

 

Fashioned Forward Ministries (FFM) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1993 by Yvonne Kennedy. The production, "A Trend From Beginning to End," is a historical fashion show that vividly illustrates how man's rebellion and values have influenced the various styles and trends throughout the ages.

The late 1700's
The late 1700's

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The show chronicles fashion from the fig leaf to the future, beginning with Adam and Eve dressed in the garments they made themselves, and those that God designed to cover their nakedness. Traveling through time with scenes from the Greco-Roman era, the Renaissance, American Colonial times, 19th century trends, and through each decade of the 1900's, "A Trend From Beginning to End" incorporates music and dance to entertain and educate the audience. A scene with cutting edge fashion trends concludes the fashion aspect of the show, but the show's final scenes are currently being reworked to include recognition of our growing global awareness and focus on some major humanitarian issues that have been recently lauded by both the fashion and celebrity worlds.

A girl proudly displaying her Love Covers t-shirt
A girl proudly displaying her Love Covers t-shirt

Partnership with Far Reaching Ministries

Now partnering with Far Reaching Ministries (FRM), a nonprofit global ministry, FFM is planning its second fundraising show to for a distribution of more Love Covers backpacks in Sudan. Love Covers, a project created by Yvonne Kennedy, is a new backpack filled with new clothes (specifically tailored to fit the child the pack is intended for), hygienic items, a blanket, and some school supplies. The first fundraising show provided for 1,700 backpacks, and also sewing machines for women in Sudan who FRM hired to make the clothing for the children. Though the delivery of the backpacks in Mucwini, Uganda looked improbable at first since the airstrip was closed by authorities to all humanitarian organizations, FRM was given special permission because of the Love Covers mission and the simple fact that the clothing being delivered was new.

Kids in line ready to receive their Love Covers backpacks
Kids in line ready to receive their Love Covers backpacks

With this new endeavor, FFM hopes to bring people's interest in fashion to a galvanized action and stir compassion to help clothe these children who have known nothing but war and famine.

From the classic to the contemporary, from the ridiculous to the radical, FFM has something for everyone. This unique, full scale, multi-media music and dance production utilizes over 300 pieces of wardrobe, 50 cast members, 27 scenes, a PowerPoint slide presentation, and a running commentary laced with history and humor. Bringing to life the timeless fashion statements of style, grace and elegance, FFM's fashion show hopes to set its own trend by once again celebrating true honor and femininity, and urging others to extend beyond the reach of their comfortable cashmere hoodies and help those in need.

For More Information

FFM operates out of Orange County in Southern California, and travels all over the southern half of the state performing. We have also performed in the Centennial Theater in New York City. If you would like more information on how to book us, you can call 714.57-ARTS (573.2787).

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    • Michael Adams1959 profile image

      Isaiah Michael 

      8 years ago from Wherever God leads us.

      This is a wealth of info I really appreciate the hub. We also run a non-profit food program here in our area. Since starting Food 4 Thought we have gotten involved in missionary and evangelism work (full-time soon) and need to send clothes to Kenya. Any advice for getting some kind of break from the postal service is much appreciated. We need to send clothes but at 147.00 to send 25 pounds we just don't have that on hand. www.ohiofoodministry.org is our website and I have 2 hubs on it, one being Food 4 Thought Ministry and the other Isaiah Michael Ministry. Again any suggestions will help as we are new to all this for fund raising. Thank you so much.

    • Solorya profile imageAUTHOR

      Solorya 

      10 years ago from Oklahoma

      Thanks so much! It really is a wonderful organization, and I'm proud to be a part of it. We're working on getting our official website up and running again so check back to learn more!

    • desert blondie profile image

      desert blondie 

      10 years ago from Palm trees, swimming pools, lots of sand, lots of sunscreen

      So wonderful to learn about this program! Will be passing this info. around outside of hubpages to many others I know will be interested!

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