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September 30th, 2010
Texas Citrus Fiesta costumes to be presented at Texas State

091021citrusA citrus hat (left) and a citrus pioneer costume (right) are two of the costumes featured at “From Field to Fantasy: The Art of Costume Produced for the Texas Citrus Fiesta.”


Thursday at 2 p.m. the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences at Texas State will present “From Field to Fantasy: The Art of Costume Produced for the Texas Citrus Fiesta.”

The event will be held in room 158 of the Family and Consumer Sciences Building on the campus and is free and open to the public.

The presentation will also serve as an inauguration of the fashion merchandising program’s new Historic Textiles and Apparel Exhibition Gallery.

The event will display handmade costumes made from dried, powdered and crystallized fruits and vegetables. The apparel was previously featured in the annual Texas Citrus Fiesta Product Costume Show and will consist in both past and current entries.

The costume makers will be at the event to demonstrate their techniques and show examples of the art.

Organizers of the event will talk about the history of the annual Texas Citrus Fiesta, a celebration of the Texas citrus industry that takes place in January of each year. The fiesta started in 1932 in Mission Texas.

The folk art costumes have been part of the fiesta since 1934 and have been featured in National Geographic Magazine, Southern Living and Texas Monthly. They have also appeared in exhibits around the country.

Citrus farming pioneer John Shary is known as the “Father of the Texas Citrus Industry,” but he also is the father of former Texas first lady Marialice Shivers. Shiver’s evening gowns will be displayed in a collage which will also feature the gowns of past winners of “Queen Citriana”, the top female title in the Citrus fiesta’s royal court.

A reception will follow the exhibit and will include mariachi music, citrus fruit and folklorica dancers.

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