Vintage-Inspired Fashion Show May 9 at Connecticut Historical Society Marries Designs of Past and Present

May 4, 2015 · Press Releases

1950s dress

By Kate Hartman, CT Magazine Looking for a great event to share with your mother or your daughter this Mother’s Day? Search no further than the Connecticut Historical Society’s (CHS) celebration of fashion through the decades, Haute History: A Vintage-Inspired Fashion Show.

This event on Saturday, May 9 will bring together historical fashions with modern interpretations in a not-to-be-missed fashion show from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the historical society in Hartford.

Merchants from Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets will create modern looks inspired by some of CHS’s beautiful dresses in the collections. Images of the originals will play behind the fashion show and celebrity emcee Judy Goss, a television personality, lifestyle expert and host of the radio show What Women Want on LA Talk Radio, will draw parallels between the designs.

The best part, though, is that the real life historical pieces will be on display in the living room of the CHS.

“We’re doing a small pop up exhibit so you can actually see the gowns from the show,” says Jenny Steadman, the adult programs manager.

There won’t be any glass cases at this exhibit. Visitors will be encouraged to get up close to the designs to take in the intricate details. However, touching is not allowed.


Dress from 1904

“There’s a wedding dress made of green silk we were really taken with,” Steadman says of one piece included in the exhibit. “It’s from 1862 and we have these notes that it was altered four times. She wore it for her anniversary and things. It has this one big perspiration stain in the middle of the back, so you can just image she was a June bride, and when they were dancing, he would put his hand on her back. The garment just really tells this great story, and seeing it in person, I think that brings it alive.”

It is details like these that you won’t get anywhere else.


1920s Dress

This exhibit is also launching a new initiative by CHS to get more people involved with the collections. A group of volunteers has been heavily involved with planning the show, picking the dresses and putting them on mannequins.

“We want to make the collections more accessible. We don’t want to just be a warehouse,” says Steadman. “How can we have people interact with them?”

Come and interact with these beautiful dresses at Haute History: A Vintage-Inspired Fashion Show on May 9. Tickets cost $20 for CHS Members and $25 for non-members. Tickets are available online, at the welcome desk leading up to the event or at the doors on the day of event.

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