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American Girls walk the runway at annual fashion show

While trends in children's toys are as common as the frequent changes in the fashion industry, certain toys have come to stand the test of time, such as the American Girl Doll.
For almost 30 years girls of different ages and backgrounds have been drawn to American Girl Dolls, often immersing themselves in the history and culture unique to each doll and the time period she represents. In March, girls from all over the area flocked to the Gallo Center for the Arts in Modesto with their dolls tucked under their arms to witness the American Girl Fashion Show. Sponsored by the St. Stanislaus School in Modesto, the American Girl Fashion Show featured professional models that look like the classic dolls, as well as local models to showcase the various fashions available to purchase for the dolls and the girls who proudly own them.
"This event allows us to offer scholarships to students who come to our school and also lets us reduce the overall expenses it takes to run a school these days," said event coordinator Yvonne Samms.

The American Girl Fashion Show

is an annual event for St. Stanislaus and with three showings in one day, it draws hundreds of girls and their families to not only see the fashion show but get into the American Girl spirit. Hair dressers were available for girls to have their dolls' hair styled, complimentary lemonade and treats were available to snack on and computers were set up should parents want to order any items from the fashion show. The fashion show provided more than an opportunity to see clothing and talk about dolls, as it allowed young girls to meet new friends and bond over a common interest.

“This annual event is a way for our students to build confidence; it’s a way for them to perform in a way, it’s a way for them to contribute to the school. We don’t just teach reading, writing and arithmetic, we teach poise, we teach confidence and we try to educate the whole child,” said Russ Antrocoli, principal of St. Stanislaus.