Marcie: Timeless

By Marcie Everhart

Sometimes a very cool Fashion Event goes down near me. Such was the case with the Timeless Bridal Fashion Show put on by the Fashion Marketing Students of University of Central Oklahoma, held at the Epworth Villa independent living center.

No, it’s not Fashion Week in NYC or Milan, but it’s younger women and older women, and they’re BONDING over VINTAGE WEDDING GOWNS. What more do ya’ need?

Will the memories of the older women be sparked by the sparkly bridal visions? Like: “Oh, yes. I remember that peau de soie satin of the 50s. It was all the rage!” Or: “I wore a Peter-Pan collar just like that and with my short hair, I looked like Audrey Hepburn. I was the bee’s knees! Very fashionable!”

Will they think of the handsome young men waiting for them at the end of the aisle, who have since passed?

What a GREAT, brilliant event. I couldn’t wait. –

Standing room only. Guys in golf carts ferrying women from their cars parked in the back-forty. OMG. Some gowns on mannequins, too fragile to model. The vintage gowns belonged to the independent living residents! Walkers as far as the eye could see. It was too lovely for words.

We learned that in times past, a woman just wore her best dress to marry the man of her dreams… and they met those dreamy men on a blind date or at the U.S. Marine Corps Birthday Ball. I’ll bet that was a hot ticket! And white – white wasn’t always the thing it is now.

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This is what I came for… a young fashion student modeling a resident’s treasured purple wedding dress with beaded sleeves and a dropped waist. It’s perfect. And looks oddly fresh, compared to today’s styles. It doesn’t even look like a bridal dress to us! But the owner is dabbing her eyes as she remembers.
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A simple satin ribbon trim…
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A big fabric rose as a skirt… I’d buy that dress right now in RED, please. I’m a fan of the fabric rose!
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That high-low hem that was so happening…still happening somewhat.
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A wrap bodice and circle skirt… I can just picture the owner swing dancing in that.
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The Quintessential Bride of the 50s… the one we still see on cake toppers. Just bring on the tulle!
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This resident proudly posed next to the dress she sewed for her daughter’s wedding in 1989. I knew that was my era! I spied those leg o’mutton sleeves and peplum across the room!
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A resident, her dress, and the student who worked with her to record its history.

Four local bridal boutiques contributed gowns to show current trends, and they were ornate. Women gasped. Phones whipped out all over the room.

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Gown provided by JJ Kelly Bridal.

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Gown provided by JJ Kelly Bridal.

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I just love inter-generational events. Young mamas stood in the back bouncing babies with bows in their hair. Great-grandmas were helped to their seats in the front row. The models with their straight spines glided slowly so we could all appreciate the moment in time.

The Real-Real Behind the Scenes

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All the fashion students take the runway at show’s end.
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This group of ladies called me over to quiz me on the velvet floral, fairy-princess booties I wore (featured in a previous post). Are they comfortable? Where did I get them? Do they come in narrow? These residents are so stylin! – Phyllis in her statement necklace, Monique with embroidered flowers on her jeans, and Joan in a doubled strand of blue beads to match her eyes (we twinkies!), but mostly … statement jackets! Sha-zam!

A Little Background Music

Why the circle skirt was even invented imo — the Lindy Hop!

 

*Photos by Marcie Everhart

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