1943 is a collection inspired by the Auburn Creed.
George Petrie, historian and Auburn's first football coach, wrote the Creed uniting the Auburn Family in the midst of World War II turmoil in 1943. The words of the Creed define Auburn, Auburn men, and Auburn women. The legendary football coach Shug Jordan carried a university newspaper clipping of the creed onto the beaches of Normandy on D-Day. To this day, Petrie's words still shape and inspire what it means to be a part of the Auburn Family.
Each dress was designed and crafted with the deep rooted traditions of Auburn University in mind every step of the way.
The Auburn Creed
I believe that this is a practical world and that I can count only on what I earn. Therefore, I believe in work, hard work.
I believe in education, which gives me the knowledge to work wisely and trains my mind and my hands to work skillfully.
I believe in honesty and truthfulness, without which I cannot win the respect and confidence of my fellow men.
I believe in a sound mind, in a sound body and a spirit that is not afraid, and in clean sports that develop these qualities.
I believe in obedience to law because it protects the rights of all.
I believe in the human touch, which cultivates sympathy with my fellow men and mutual helpfulness and brings happiness for all.
I believe in my Country, because it is a land of freedom and because it is my own home, and that I can best serve that country by "doing justly, loving mercy, and walking humbly with my God."
And because Auburn men and women believe in these things, I believe in Auburn and love it.
- George Petrie (1943)
Each of the 153 shakers was individually placed on the skirt of the dress. I collected every single one from friends and family. Each one represents a memory, win or lose, of a time it was great to be an Auburn Tiger.
ANTHEM OF HEARTS
This ensemble is titled after the line of the fight song, "On to vict'ry / strike up the band!" With real toilet paper, it is ready to roll our beloved Toomer's Corner after a vict'ry on the field. It also features beaded shoulder epaulettes to scale of Toomer's Oak leaves.
A tiger's pride is its family. Our tiger pride is the Auburn family. It is an engulfing love for one thing, Auburn. The Auburn Family takes care of each other. It connects us together across generations. It is more than winning a football game, or going to class; it's a family.
BATTLE CRY UNITED
There is something so magical about when our eagle takes flight. We raise our shakers, lift our hearts, and become one voice united with the words, "War Eagle!" Apart from the pregame tradition, a "War Eagle" is a "hello," a "OMG! I got 9 nuggets in my 8 count! War Eagle!" to a "Welp. I just failed that test. War Eagle." It is our battle cry, and it means everything is going to be okay.