It was fashion week in Spring Texas recently, when styles from the Civil War to the ’70s were on display at The Village at Gleannloch Farms. The residents at the senior living community provided most of the vintage clothing for the show, including WWII military dress uniforms and a dress from 1865. The models, walking the runway to the music from each era, were employees and local high school and college students.
“This event definitely educated our young people through stories about the clothing; I think the residents learned a lot, too,” said Mimi Collins, lifestyles director of The Village at Gleannloch Farms.
VGF resident Beckie Marley, who got the idea from her daughter, was the fashion director of the show. There were fashions from each era, including wedding dresses, high fashion formals, cocktail dresses, hats, jewelry, and outdoor wear. Some real treasures came out of storage, where they had been packed away for more than 50 years.
“Having live models wearing these vintage fashions really made it all seem like living history,” said Marley. “We shared fascinating anecdotes about some of the items that their original owners told us. And, where else besides the movies can you see young men wearing WWII-era dress military uniforms?” One of the residents even modeled her own wedding dress. The program also included a display of costume jewelry owned by the grandmothers of some residents who are now in their 90s.
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime event. It took six months of hard work gathering all of the clothes,” said Collins. “I told the students that they were walking history by modeling these beautiful clothes that represent distinct eras of time.”