Stepping back into the roaring fashion of WWI

Trinity Carey

Models will strut flapper wear, Titanic-esque outfits and other styles from 1910 to 1920 in the WWI Fashion Show hosted by the Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center from  2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 29, in the Peter White Lounge of the University Center.

The center works to celebrate the history and culture of the Upper Peninsula said event coordinator and director of the Beaumier Dan Truckey.

“We’ve never done this event before. It’s a brand new thing. It’s connected with an exhibit that we have currently on World War I in the Upper Peninsula,” Truckey said.

re-WW1FashionShowA group called “Friends of Fashion,” who bring together top fashion designers to host events, will be coming from Chassell, Michigan to provide and model the clothing for the fashion show.

 

“One of our committee members said they knew somebody who put on vintage clothing events and fashion shows. We thought, ‘Wow that would be a cool idea.’ That’s how we put it together,” he said. This event will showcase a number of outfits that fit with the current exhibit at the Beaumier, while also mirroring the styles of previous time periods.

“I think I’m just excited to see all the different kinds of outfits and costumes that [Friends of Fashion] come up with. They have an amazing collection that they’ve built over the years and it fits into the history of the war and that time period in America,” Truckey said.

The show is an opportunity to share the history and culture of an influential time in America with this generation, he said.

“I think it’ll be really cool to see some beautiful clothing, but also learn a little bit more about the time period, which is really important.”

The event is expected to last an hour and a half and will exhibit the evolution of fashion throughout the era and the war’s effect upon style.

“There’s going to be so many different kinds of styles, from women’s to men’s fashion. It was an important time so fashion was changing a lot, especially for women,” Truckey said. “The fashion was becoming a little more casual. That was influenced by the Suffrage Movement and just changes in taste in American culture. It’s really going to show a lot of changes.”

Suggested donations for the fashion show are $5 for adults and $1 for students.