Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Vintage Clothing Museum & Vintage Clothing Fashion Show

I was recently contacted by the area director of the Salvation Army to help with a vintage clothing fashion show. The fashion show is being hosted by the Humane Society, Salvation Army and the local art gallery (The Ann Rudd Art Center). Brenda, the Salvation Army director, said they wanted my ideas. I was flattered and we've already had one meeting.

Speaking about the Ann Rudd Art Center, it's in a fabulous old building in a smaller town not far from where I live. Before it was an art gallery, it was a clothing store from the 1940's to the 1970's. The store closed and all it's contents were left. Including some fabulous clothing, shoes, handbags. The art gallery has kept quite a bit of it and sometimes puts it out for display.  Here's some pics I took late last year:

I especially like this dress............

Fabulous red leather chair in the background.

Amazing vintage shoes.  Including a whole room of them upstairs in the gallery.

Don't forget about the lingerie, they have that too.

Add children's clothes.
Handbags and hats.
Here's a room upstairs packed with shoes and hats..

And here's the art gallery where the fashion show will take place.  A very cool, large room with tin ceilings and fabulous wood floors.

Speaking of the fashion show I'm looking for clothing from the 1920's and 30's, not something I have much of.  I'd like a couple of flapper dresses but can't pay a lot for them.  Even if the shape was just okay.  We've got someone who is willing to help us repair them so that they're in better shape.  The fashion show will be towards the end of June.  I'll definitely have pictures of it.  Oh yea, I'm the narrator for the show too.

Also, I know about vintage clothing and accessories, but haven't done a vintage fashion show before.  I'd love to hear some ideas!

Thanks for stopping by :)


  1. this is so fun! i'm excited for you :) wish i could be there.

  2. Thanks! Come on down to Dothan, AL

  3. Oh this looks so neat! I might have a flapper dress...trying to date it. Tiny, black brocade with fringe, metal zipper, no tags, fragile. That is what I have to work with. Any tips?