Forget Victoria’s Secret. The classiest, fanciest, prettiest bras on the Eastern Shore are entries in The Designer’s Cup Challenge in Crisfield. As part of its breast cancer awareness and education program, the Somerset County Health Department is sponsoring a unique art show with bras as the ‘canvas.’
The Challenge invites you to creatively decorate a bra (new, padded, 36C, underwire) in whatever theme inspires you, using whatever materials work. According to Cara Rozaieski, Health Educator for Somerset County, entries can be purely creative, draw attention to women’s wellness, or be tributes to inspiring women. The only caveat is that they be tastefully named and decorated.
Which does not mean the approach has to be prudish. Past winners include the good-naturedly-named-and-themed “Twin Peaks,” “Butterflies are Free and So Are We,” and “Surrender the Boobies.”
Contestants are also invited to submit a 100-word story about the inspiration for their bra design. Those will be printed up in a booklet given out at the winners’ reception.
The first Designer’s Cup Challenge was staged by The Way to Women’s Wellness, a breast cancer awareness group in Pennsylvania. It’s been picked up by other groups around the country, although as far as Cara knows, this is the only contest in Maryland.
All entries must be delivered to the Somerset County Health Department by April 21. All entries will be displayed and the winners announced at a reception at the Tawes Library in Crisfield on May 11. Prizes are awarded for Most Creative, Best Workmanship, and Best Breast Cancer Message. There’s also the “People’s Choice” Award, determined by voting at the reception.
For more information, contact the Health Department at 443-523-1760. To see past entries and winners and to download the entry form and complete rules, go to www.somersethd.org.