Who would have thought a reality series featuring a crew of well-fed, middle-aged (and older) bearded men from Louisiana would inspire a line of prom dresses?
No, you really can't make this stuff up.
The series is A&E's "Duck Dynasty," which is focused on the duck-call-making Robertson family -- whose males tend to dress in jeans and tees or full-on camo, with bandannas wrapped around their long locks and ZZ Top-style beards spouting from their faces.
So where do formal dresses come in? They figured prominently last season in an episode titled "Duck Be a Lady," in which Willie Robertson -- the son of family patriarch Phil and the business brains of the family's duck-hunting supply business -- took his teenage daughter Sadie shopping for a gown to wear to a homecoming dance.
Needless to say, the two had some disagreements along the way, with Willie making comments such as "We need full coverage," "Do you have anything in denim?" and "Do you know what a burka is?"
But this coming spring Sadie "won't have any problem finding a prom dress that she loves and that makes her dad happy," according to a news release from formalwear designer Sherri Hill. Hill has enlisted the teen to design a collection of prom dresses for spring 2014 that should make daughters and dads happy. (They are "Willie approved," of course.) No details yet on prices or specific styles.
Meanwhile Sadie is scheduled to model in Sherri Hill's New York Fashion Week runway show and to appear in the designer's spring lookbook catalog.
And "Duck Dynasty" is set to start Season 4 on Aug. 14, with an episode called "Till Duck Do Us Part" -- which involves a wedding.
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