To educate the community on STD prevention, raise funds for the organization, and offer scholarships for aspiring fashion designers, Planned Parenthood of Central Ohio (PPCO) started a particularly unorthodox fashion show. In 2008, PPCO created the “Condom Couture Fashion Show” exclusively featuring garments made entirely out of condoms. And if that’s not enough to startle you, consider that it involves students.
The third annual event is set for October 19 in Columbus, OH. The event website encourages area students to attend to “compete to win cash prizes, all in the name of fun, fashion and health.” How do they compete? According to the group’s site, the students actually design the outfits and “community leaders” model them:
There are four tiers of tickets ranging from $45-$500.
In April, a University of Texas student group put on a similar condom fashion show to raise awareness and money for HIV/AIDS. At the event in April, a UT professor said the event presents sexual health in a non-threatening manner.
Here’s video from the 2009 event: