Calgary Herald

FASH­ION FOR DUM­MIES

What the well-dressed man­nequin is wear­ing these days. Shop­pers en­joy a flower dis­play in­spired by an In­dian wed­ding dur­ing Fleurs de Villes at CrossIron Mills on Thurs­day. It’s the first time the cross-coun­try florist event has hit the Cal­gary area.

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Fif­teen Cal­gary florists are tak­ing part in an ex­hi­bi­tion de­scribed as “a fu­sion be­tween fash­ion and flo­ral.”

Tina Barkley, co-founder of Fleurs de Villes, said the florists were chal­lenged to dress man­nequins in fresh blooms and green­ery.

“They’ve been de­liv­ered a man­nequin about a week ahead of time, and what you see when you get here are the crazy, wild, creative in­stal­la­tions that they’ve come up with,” said Barkley.

The man­nequins will be on dis­play at CrossIron Mills from Fri­day to Mon­day.

Cal­gary is the last stop on a cross-coun­try tour for the flo­ral man­nequin se­ries, and the lo­cal de­but for the event, which started three years ago.

Last year, more than a mil­lion peo­ple took in shows in Van­cou­ver, Vic­to­ria, Ed­mon­ton and Ot­tawa.

“Peo­ple just love it,” said Barkley.

“Flow­ers make us happy — they put you in a good mood in­stantly. All day to­day, while peo­ple have been set­ting up their man­nequins, peo­ple have been tak­ing pictures and stop­ping and you can even smell it as you ap­proach it be­cause it’s so fresh.”

Cal­gar­i­ans can vote on their pick for best flo­ral man­nequin to de­ter­mine which florist re­ceives a fan­favourite award.

Barkley noted the ex­hi­bi­tion is a fun ex­pe­ri­ence for the florists tak­ing part.

“They can do some­thing to­tally wild and creative,” she said.

“These peo­ple are re­ally artists in a com­pletely dif­fer­ent way ... They love the chal­lenge of com­ing up with some­thing.”

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 ?? JIM WELLS ?? A dis­play de­signed by Red Rose Florist and in­spired by Ja­panese brides is on dis­play at CrossIron Mills through Mon­day, Cal­gary is the last stop on a cross-coun­try tour for the Fleurs de Villes ex­hibit, which chal­lenges florists to dress man­nequins in...
JIM WELLS A dis­play de­signed by Red Rose Florist and in­spired by Ja­panese brides is on dis­play at CrossIron Mills through Mon­day, Cal­gary is the last stop on a cross-coun­try tour for the Fleurs de Villes ex­hibit, which chal­lenges florists to dress man­nequins in...

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