Places to go and things to see by Gypsy Bev

Vintage TeaA Dickens Victorian Village Tea and Fashion Show did not at first sound appealing to me, but it turned out to be quite an interesting and enjoyable event. The first surprise came upon entering the stunning Masonic Ballroom with its floor to ceiling windows, gleaming dance floor, and ornate tin ceiling.

The tea time treats were a pleasure for the eyes as well as the taste buds. Petite sandwiches, fragile pastries, Devonshire cream, and bite size fruit appeared on tiers, as the perfect companions for your favorite tea served in dainty, floral cups.

 

Vintage GuestsMany of those in attendance were dressed in Victorian style with beautiful, large hats and long skirts – a special part of the day. They felt part of a time long past as they enjoyed conversation with friends.

Then appeared Kit and her models from The Alley in Columbus, Ohio. Kit Matulich has enjoyed working with theatrical costumes for thirty years and “wouldn’t trade it for the world.” Some of the clothing she purchases, while other items are donated. The proceeds from those donated go 100% to Easter Seals, which provided equipment for their late daughter, at a time when it was needed.

The vintage clothing and accessories from The Alley Vintage & Costumes had the ladies attending the tea spellbound for over an hour. The Alley’s philosophy is:

You are never too old to play dress up!

The Alley Vintage & Costume

Then the parade of models began with Kit and Josef in charge. There’s no way to show you all the models or tell you all the stories about their clothing. So come along with me and view some of my special favorites.

Vintage Models -Undergarments

The show began with a parade of undergarments worn by Victorian ladies. Their layers of petticoats seemed too numerous to count. Sometimes these items were washed in urine to cleanse, bleach and purify. Their corsets often had somewhat flexible whalebone to keep their waists very small. Small waists, with extra emphasis on larger hips and busts, were thought attractive.

Vintage Dress

A beautiful day dress would be fastened with hooks and eyes and even straight pins. All dresses at that time were hand-stitched with pleats, darts, and ruffles. Remember at that time everything had to be washed by hand.

 

Vintage Bridal 2

These three delicate gowns contained quality lace so had to be handled quite gently. Waist were very small, often 20″, as girls began wearing corsets at the age of eleven.

Vintage Dress passed

A Dickens volunteer lets the ladies have a close-up view of one of the dresses. Those in attendance could actually hold the items in order to appreciate the fine craftsmanship that went into the making of each piece.

Vintage Shown Dress

Kit showed the oldest wedding gown she has in her store. The fabric is too delicate for the models to wear these days. When a bride was married in Victorian times, she wore her wedding gown to every event they attended for the first year after their marriage.

Vintage Army Dress

This WWII uniform of the ambulance corp was made of wool. At this point, ladies removed their corsets and enjoyed the freedom of movement, so a new trend in styles took place.

Finale

The models paraded one last time and special honor was given to the lady, who helps with design and dressing. “Without her, we would be lost.”

The day became a memorable one from tea time to fashion show. No one rushed to leave, but felt relaxed from the slower pace of this day resembling a time long past.

So next time someone asks you to attend a fashion show, give it a whirl!

For more information on The Alley, visit their website at http://www.thealleystore.com. They are located in Columbus Ohio at 3502 W.Dublin Granville Road.

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Comments on: "Fashion Shows Can Be Enjoyable" (6)

  1. Shirley Kern Roche-Hogue (nickname "Kandi") said:

    Such fun! I’m laughing because when I was still very, very young, I was often dressed in similar styles but my skirts were a foot shorter only coming to the the calf area middle from knee to foot. And often my clothes were made from the fabric that feed for the animals came in.

    • Now I never wore clothes this nice, but Mom would always use the sacks from chicken feed to make towels, pillow cases, and sometimes clothes. These ladies clothes were a bit higher class than anything we had.

  2. Tea and a fashion show would be at the top of my list. I was born too late. I think I would have enjoyed the routine of calling cards, at homes, teas and such, but with my luck, I would have been the serving girl instead of the lady in the resplendent fashions.

    • I have a feeling you would always have been a very fashionable lady, who enjoyed the finer things in life. I was surprised how much I enjoyed the stories of the clothes from Victorian times. Perhaps I enjoyed the stories more than the actual garments?

      • That’s true in most things. To see the Sam Houston statue along I-35 on the way to Houston is sort of a non-event until you stop in and visit with the volunteers and learn more about the statue and the man. Then the statue has meaning and interest.

      • That Sam Houston statue always attracted my attention so I had to stop and learn more about it. I couldn’t believe that some people drove that way quite often and never even saw it when they passed. Their minds must have been deeply engrossed.

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