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Artists bring fanny pack fashion back to Oklahoma City

DNA Galleries is hosting the greatest of all fashion shows, which will feature art of the fanny pack. It's the second year the Plaza District shop has hosted a show dedicated to the fashion accessories.
BY CARRIE COPPERNOLL ccoppernoll@opubco.com Published: June 8, 2011
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“I'm kind of nervous because everyone's looking forward to it,” Amanda laughed.

First of all, let me say that I'm not trashing fanny packs. I'm a survivor of the 1980s. I had a fanny pack or two.

While I haven't worn one since elementary school, I must admit that the fanny packs the Bradways have collected are pretty fantastic. There's a fish tank and a boom box and a red-faced monster. My favorite is the robot face made out of vintage upholstery that's a golden-tan-yellow-brown that I'm pretty sure is found nowhere in nature.

They're all made by local artists, and they'll be for sale after the show.

Amanda also bought a couple of fanny packs covered in sequins, show-choir-style.

“I found some ridiculous ones,” she said. The best one is a donkey face.

Just pause for a moment and imagine yourself out and about on the town with a giant donkey face made out of sequins hugging your hip. You'd think to yourself, “I need to make a call. Let me get my cellphone out of my sequin donkey face.”

But for every donkey-face-shaped-fanny-pack artist, there's a donkey-face-shaped-fanny-pack buyer. It goes to the core of why the Bradways opened their store.

They sell handmade items, and nearly all of the 40 artists featured are local. They also showcase urban contemporary artwork. The goal is to help local artists make a living, Amanda said.

“If we don't support them,” she said, “they go to other states.”

And they'll take their fanny packs with them.