Fashions from a bygone era will be all the rage Saturday as the Tarpon Springs Area Historical Society and Mad Hatter General Store join forces to present a Vintage Fashion Show and luncheon. It's an old show with a new twist: Attire from the late 1800s to the 1980s will be paired on the runway with new retro-inspired apparel.
"It's a fun, lighthearted fashion show featuring a range of outfits you could wear today," said Sheri Wilken, who opened the Mad Hatter at 204 E Tarpon Ave. about a year ago. "It will show the modern woman how to successfully incorporate vintage into her wardrobe."
The show highlights an interesting look emerging on today's fashion scene: "steampunk."
"Think Jules Verne — Victorian style paired with quirky science fiction or industrial age accessories," Wilken said. "It's similar to goth but not as dark. Families are into it."
Her general store, a shopper's Shangri-La of new and vintage clothing, jewelry pieces, hats, antiques, home decor and gift items, flaunts several displays of the genre as ruffled skirts are mixed with jackets, scarves, top hats, goggles and retro watches.
Other vintage couture will include a 1950s red velvet cocktail dress by Anne Fogarty, an American designer noted for her successful "paper doll silhouette" — dresses with a tight bodice and full skirt with petticoats beneath.
Be on the lookout for a 1960s Victoria Royal evening gown designed by Bill Haire. It will no doubt outshine the competition with its bodice of encrusted beads, pearls and crystals.
And a turn-of-the-century wedding dress ought to turn some heads with its translucent organdy and embroidered flowers.
Most clothing and accessories will be for sale.
The event, which includes a lunch buffet, takes place at the Tarpon Springs Yacht Club from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 and benefit the historical society's preservation efforts.
The not-for-profit historical society operates out of the old train depot across the street from Mad Hatter at 160 E Tarpon Ave. Stop by after the fashion show and see the station built in 1909. It's open Saturday from noon until 3 p.m. and boasts original heart pine flooring, brick walls, antique artifacts and numerous vignettes depicting days of old.
Cyndi Tarapani, president of the historical society, said the nonprofit organization is run by volunteers and needs fundraisers like this to stay open.
"We think (the fashion show) works well with our mission to preserve history and educate in a fun way," she said.
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