Fashion on the Edge of Change: A Fashion Show for Historians and Period Enthusiasts

In History, PAG Events, Period Clothing, Victorian Fashion, Videos, Vintageby Karla Pearlstein

Have you ever wondered what happened between the Victorian Age and the Roaring 20s that so drastically changed the way women dressed – forever?

That’s exactly what the Preservation Artisans Guild invited PAG members, special guests, and the general public to join us for a very special ticketed event: Fashion on the Edge of Change, on January 26th at one of our favorite haunts: Old Portland Hardware & Architectural.

Professional fashion historian, designer, and dressmaker extraordinaire Kay Demlow of Lavender’s Green walked us through the various answers to that very question with a unique fashion show and presentation. We had an extraordinary view of original and replica antique garments in an engaging environment, surrounded by models dressed in detailed period fashions. Together, we learned how the garments were constructed, what was worn underneath, and how ever-changing technology, as well as evolving social structures, led to the new styles of the 20th century.

Period-inspired dress was encouraged but not required – and our guests did NOT disappoint, as you’ll see in the video below. It was pouring down rain on Friday evening but ladies and gents alike showed up dressed to the nines.

Light refreshments and wine were served and enjoyed by all – with the lovely and local Elizabeth Chambers Cellar joining us to serve their delectable Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris wines. 

We also enjoyed the tunes of local musical talent, DJ Powerless, spinning a large collection of 78’s and cylinders on a variety of different wind-up phonographs. Our musical guest played prohibition-era music (1920-1933), pulling from recordings that ranged from the 00s into the late 30s. The perfect accompaniment to our evening.

Special thanks to Brent Heise Productions for the great work on the video.