An event you do not want to miss – Richmond’s 175th birthday celebration slated for September 15

These dresses from the 1800s will be part of the fashion show.

One of the many highlights of Richmond’s 175th Birthday Celebration, Sept. 15, 2012, will be the fashion show on Morton Street in Historic Downtown Richmond, Fashion through the Decades, 1830s – 1960s.

Dora Moore, committee chair for the fashion show noted, J’Neen Henderson who recently did a fashion show for the Titanic Exhibit at  Houston’s Museum of Natural History, will be bringing her fashions from the 1800s. This is a chance in a lifetime to see these clothes in Richmond.  The Fort Bend Museum is also donating fashions, along with Barbara Rosenberg, whose mother use to have a dress shop in the area.

“This is not just a fashion show, it will be educational too.  I’ll talk about the history and what the people’s lives were like during each time period as each model walks the red carpet,” Henderson said.

For example, in the 1870s, hoop skirts came in with more emphasis on le derrière, then in the 1880s there were colossal volumes of materials highlighting again, le derriere.

“It was like a huge iceberg, lots going on underneath dresses that weighed close to 20 pounds,” Henderson said.

Moore added, “For the 1920s, we’ll have a flapper dress, for the 1950s we have a poodle skirt, penny loafers and bobby socks, and for the 1960s, we have a Jackie Kennedy suit, complete with the pill box hat.”

This fashion show will definitely be fashion through the decades and it will be interesting to see how the clothes changed over the past 100+ years, which will be very obviously as the models walk the red carpet in front of City Hall representing each decade,” said Rebecca Maitland, chair, Richmond’s 175th Birthday Celebration Committee.

Richmond’s 175th Birthday Celebration will also include many surprises, entertainment, gunfights, live entertainment, a Kidz Zone, vendors, food, street actors, and so so much more.

The parade kicks-off the day’s event, Sept. 15, 10:00 a.m., with the fashion show following at 11:00 a.m..  The day will be filled with fun for the entire family, and will be an event you do not want to miss. The event is free to the public.

Vendors and sponsorships are still available. For more information, please visit, or call 832.752.9645.

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