100 YEARS – Fashion plates from back in the day

Alberni is in for a treat as Merlyn Patten of Qualicum Beach is coming in April with a special fundraising show, 100 years of fashion.

Winni Wiegand

Fashion has always been a focus in civilization, but perhaps never more so than in the last 100 years. Merlyn Patten of Qualicum Beach will bring proof to the Alberni Valley next month with a special fundraising show, 100 years of fashion.

Patten has been collecting vintage clothing ever since she picked up her first two pieces at a friend’s antique store. She has pieces dating back to the 1880s. For the vintage fashion show and afternoon tea happening at Echo Centre, Patten has chosen pieces from 1886 to 2000.

The show may be on April 21, but tickets are on sale in advance only, this Saturday, March 24 at Echo Centre starting at 10 a.m. Tickets are $20 each and include tea, the fashion show and door prizes. People are encouraged to wear their own hats to win a prize.

The event will raise money for the Beta Sigma Phi’s legacy, which helps fund children’s programs at the AV Museum.

Patten’s piece from 1912 is a black ascot dress “and it’s absolutely fabulous,” she said.

It came from the United States by way of England.

Back in 1912, fashions arrived in Canada in a similar manner, debuting in Europe and gaining exposure in magazines like Harper’s Bazaar, Ladies’ Home Journal and Illustrated America. Store buyers made trans-Atlantic trips to the fashion capitals as the century progressed so women could see the fashions shortly after they hit the streets in Paris and London.

At the turn of the century social life in Canada was evolving and women required more and more fashionable clothing. In Port Alberni, many of the clothing pieces on display on the second floor are party pieces—good clothing only worn occasionally.

Not many of the everyday work clothes exist, centennial committee member Cathy Bagley said. They were usually worn until they were threadbare, then were re-purposed as pieces of quilts or patches for other clothing.

editor@albernivalleynews.com

Just Posted

Team Harrison prevails in Port Alberni men’s bonspiel

Annual bonspiel drew 20 teams from out of town

Wedding plans derailed following City of Port Alberni’s train announcement

Five wedding parties are scrambling to find alternate transportation arrangements to McLean… Continue reading

Kids help Alberni Aquarium build rockfish luminary for next exhibit

Swimming For Change takes over in time for spring break

Spring fishery closures mulled for south coast

Fewer fish are returning to rivers and more conservation needed, say feds

One dead, two seriously injured in Hwy 4 crash west of Port Alberni

A man has died following a single-vehicle collision west of Port Alberni… Continue reading

National Energy Board approves Trans Mountain pipeline again

Next step includes cabinet voting on the controversial expansion

Pope’s sex abuse prevention summit explained

It’s A high-stakes meeting designed to impress on Catholic bishops the global problem

B.C. ticket holder winner of $25.9-million Lotto Max jackpot

Next draw set for Mar. 1 with an estimated jackpot of $10 million

Reports of rashes prompt closure of all Harrison Hot Springs pools

Public pool available after Fraser Health shut down all five mineral pools until further notice

Girl heard saying ‘Help my Dad’ in suspicious radio message on Vancouver Island

Police asking for help following mysterious signals from somewhere between Comox and Sayward

Two more measles cases confirmed in Vancouver

It brings the number of total cases within the city connected to the outbreak to ten

B.C. Special Olympics officially underway in Vernon

Athlete’s Oath: “Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”

Vancouver Aquarium wants your help to name a baby killer whale

The public helped name Springer’s first calf, Spirit, and is being asked to help with the second

Most Read