Jefferson County Historical Society hosts ‘Fashion through the ages’ show –

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WATERTOWN — Carefully preserved articles of clothing came to life at the historic Paddock Mansion; as the ninth annual “Fashion Through the Ages” event took place on Saturday.

“We are having a luncheon and fashion show, with models from around the community wearing items from our event partner, Bev and Company,” said Jordan B. Walker, executive Director of the Jefferson County Historical Society.

Bev and Company, in Sackets Harbor, provides modern outfits for the models to display.

“Between the models, we have people walking around with the period clothing we have on display, or our fashion through the ages,” she said. “This year we are highlighting pieces from the late 1890s to the early 1980s.”

Ms. Walker said the historic pieces shouldn’t be worn, which is why they were carried through the audience.

“We are also holding an adopt-a-dress program where people can purchase the storage box for a specific period dress and have their name posted on the box,” she said.

The Historical Society has approximately 50 dresses which need special textile acid-free boxes to preserve the item for future exhibits. The boxes cost more than $200, but the society at the event was asking for multiple donations of $25 toward each box.

One dress to be properly preserved is an early-1900s yellow rose lingerie dress. The dress has lace and yellow ribbons, with a yellow rose printed pattern. There are two skirts to the dress. The society stated the dress would have been worn in the summer months. A box is needed for this dress due to its current fragile condition. It has a few rips and the lace is brittle.

“History is important to me, it says who we are and says a lot about our character,” Ms. Walker said. “With fashion, I’ve noticed we tend to repeat trends. … There is a very clear different between an 1890s dress with puffed sleeves and a 1970s dress that is very straight lined, but occasionally we see parts of these trends pop up in different and more modern ways.”

Carole J. Brown, a member of the historical society, and has attended the event on multiple occasions. She said, “this is such a lovely luncheon and get together for the girls.”

Ms. Brown added, “this is always a pleasant event and its wonderful for the historical society.”

Student volunteers from the Immaculate Heart Central School assisted with the food service during the sold-out event.


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