Two things: First, fanny means something completely different in other parts of the world.
Second, a story. Always a story. I studied in London one summer and can’t think about fanny packs (as I often do) without recalling one image. Selfridges Department Store had these amazing store window displays, but there was one in particular that was both hilarious and horrifying.
It displayed, basically, two American tourists. How do I know they were American? Girth. These two fatty mannequins were sporting jorts, squeaky white sneakers (or, trainers, if we’re going for Brit-speak), visors, big cameras hanging around their chunky necks and a fanny pack apiece. I vowed right then and there to never be caught wearing a similar ensemble (save for maybe the camera).
So, fanny packs. They’ve kind of gone from Mom on Vacation to Ironic Hipster Accessory. And to that end, DNA Galleries in the Plaza District is hosting its second annual fanny pack fashion show, “Art of the Fanny.”
The show will strut its hip-purse best 7-11 p.m. June 10 during the district’s Live on the Plaza event. But before we get to the runway, crafters and connoisseurs need to ready their entries with paint, BeDazzlers, Vajazzlers or whatever you want for a reconstructed, deconstructed or just fabulously constructed fanny packs.
There’s a $5 entry fee to submit your (f)amazing fanny for the show, and you need to email DNA (firstname.lastname@example.org) to get the process started. All entries are due two weeks before the show, and the grand prize is a $100 DNA Galleries shopping spree.