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Fashion through the Decades: A Vintage Fashion Show at Ford House
Posted: September 23, 2016

Come to Ford House for a one-of-a-kind evening of dinner and entertainment.
 
On Oct. 15 from 6 p.m.-8 p.m., guests will be treated to dinner and fashion show that celebrates vintage fashions from the dawn of the automobile through the 1960s.
 
During "Fashion and the Automobile," models will take to the cat walk to show off styles from each era, showcasing how women’s fashion and the development of the automobile are intrinsically connected. The evening will also be the final opportunity to see the Women Who Motor exhibit, which has been on display in the Ford House historic garage since 2014. 
 
Victoria Mobley, Creator/Curator of Fashion and the Automobile, explains, “The fashion show is a virtual drive down memory lane, an entertaining look at the relationship between fashion and automotive design by decade, and how both were influenced by function, environment, lifestyle, and world events. We also show the U-turns that each decade takes, as what’s old becomes new again.”
 
The exhibit recalls the history of how women shaped the automobile industry from the late nineteenth century through the present. It is broken into three parts, The Early Years, The Post War Years, and The Modern Era with each era being represented by an emblematic car, a 1912 Detroit Electric a 1952 Lincoln Town Car, and a 1960s Ford Mustang. Time and time again, visitors are left wondering if the automobile re-shaped the cultural landscape for women or if women forged their own futures with the automobile.
 
“For the past two years, the Women Who Motor exhibit has been a highlight for visitors,” said Gretchen Abrams, education programs coordinator at Ford House. “It has inspired women of all ages, as well as brought the role women have played in the automobile industry to the forefront of the conversation. We are excited to end the exhibit’s run with Fashion and the Automobile for an evening of educational fun!”
 
Tickets to the fashion show and gourmet dinner, which includes beer and wine and the option of chicken picatta or eggplant napoleon, are $50 for members and $55 for non-members, and are available here.
 

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