Fashion and the Automobile:
An Exhibit in 10 Eras
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HISTORY OF
FASHION & THE AUTOMOBILE: AN EXHIBIT IN 10 ERAS
 


Fashion & The Automobile: An Exhibit in 10 Eras debuted in October 2010
at the Anton Art Center in Mt. Clemens.   Presented by curators Victoria Mobley, Lynn Anderson, and Elaine Vermeersch, Fashion and the Automobile highlights the many changes wrought on popular culture by the evolution of the car.

The exhibit is a virtual drive down memory lane, showcasing the relationship between fashion and the automobile by decade, and how both were influenced by function, environment, lifestyle, and world events.  The fashion and accessories in the exhibit are authentic.  The automobiles are depicted by automotive artisans in original fine art, photographs and renderings.

The exhibit was on extended display at the Ford Piquette Avenue T-Plex Museum in Detroit in 2011 from June through October.  We returned to the Anton Art Center in January 2012, and also gave a presentation at the Ann Arbor Library in July 2012.  The exhibit then moved to the Walter P. Chrysler Museum in Auburn Hills in conjunction with their Cars, Trees & Traditions exhibit in November and December 2012.   

We returned to the Anton Art Center in January 2013, with a new feature, The Wedding Room: Gowns & Traditions Thru The Decades.  This exhibit included a visit from the DIA Gallery-to-Gallery Senior Tour, and their annual Black Tie Charity Gala, which featured a special display of an original Vera Wang “Gisele” wedding gown. 

We did two fashion shows in April 2013, Cruisin’ Thru The Decades, a fundraiser for the Detroit Yacht Club Foundation, and What’s Old Is New Again at the Lorenzo Cultural Center in Clinton Township, in conjunction with their Gilded Age exhibit. 

In June 2013, we were contacted by the Packard Club of America when their speaker cancelled at the last minute during their annual convention.  Not only did we put together a program tailored specifically to Packards with only two days notice, we were also a hit walking the Packard Show in Rochester in our vintage attire the next day!

We were also the presenters for the Friends of the Troy Public Library's Downton Abbey Tea in September 2013, with our Downton Thru The Decades presentation, highlighting fashions from the popular PBS show.

Fashion & The Automobile: An Exhibit in 10 Eras was on display at the LaFontaine Automotive Group in December 2013, featuring three distinct rooms within their expansive dealership.  Fashion Through The Decades was featured in the Main Showroom, Weddings Through The Decades was highlighted in the elegant Cadillac Showroom, and a Salute to Veterans: Military Uniforms Through The Decades was on display in the Used Car Showroom, with assistance from the Michigan Military Museum in Eastpointe.  All three exhibits were complimented by vintage automobiles and artwork by our automotive artisans.  The Charity Preview Bash raised money for the Childhood Cancer Campaign.

The Villa Bella Retirement Community in Clinton Township hosted two of our presentations, Downton Through The Decades in January 2014, and Hats Off To The Kentucky Derby: A History of Hats in May 2014.  

We returned to the Lorenzo Cultural Center in March 2014, with our fashion show, Puttin' On The Ritz: Fashion in the Jazz Age, one of their most popular attractions during their Roaring 20s Exhibit, with over 600 attendees. 

We were also thrilled to participate in our first-ever fashion shoot for the Summer 2014 issue of Macomb Now Magazine.  Utilizing three of our vintage fashions from the 40s, 50s and 60s, we found their modern equivalents at Partridge Creek Mall, and showcased them together, featuring vintage automobiles and the Edsel and Eleanor Ford Estate as the backdrops.

In October 2014, we were pleased to work with the Port Huron Historical Society on their Behind The Barrel Prohibition exhibit.  Not only did we display a number of our fashions throughout their exhibit through January 2015, we also gave our Roaring 20s Fashion Show for their members in November 2014 at the Historic Harrington Inn in Port Huron.

We also gave our Roaring 20s Presentation in December 2014 for the American Association of University Women in Rochester, as well as two more Downton Thru The Decades Presentations for the Farmington Library and the Berkley Library in January 2015.

In March 2015, we were honored to be the Keynote Speaker at the Historical Society of Michigan's Local History Conference.  Not only did we present our "Fashion Through The Decades" presentation, but we also did "Loosening The Laces: The History of Michigan Through Fashion", presenting over 300 years of Michigan history using 60 living historians, reenactors and models, in an unprecedented vintage fashion show!

Spring, Summer and Fall of 2015 was a busy time for
Fashion and the Automobile!  We returned to Villa Bella Retirement Community in Clinton Township, to give our newest presentation, "The Ties That Bind: The History of Aprons".  We also gave our "Fashions of Downton Abbey" Tea for the Crocker House Museum, and also presented our "Fashion Through The Decades" show for the Warner Mansion, the Lincoln Highway Association, the Troy Historical Village, and at the Westlake and Waltonwood Retirement Communities.

January and February of 2016 really started the year off with the bang, as Fashion and the Automobile gave several presentations and fashion shows for the Bloomfield, Fraser, Center Line, and Clinton Township Libraries, as well as the Birmingham Senior Center.

Spring of 2016 continued the momentum, with additional shows for the St. Clair Shores Adult & Community Ed, the Michigan Military Museum, Clawson Historical Society, and the retirement communities of Brookhaven, Waltonwood Rochester, and Villa Bella.

The Summer and Fall of 2016 saw even more shows for Fashion and the Automobile, as we gave presentations for such groups as the Chelsea and Chesterfield Historical Societies, the Bloomfield and Warren Libraries, and the retirement communities of All Seasons Rochester, Madison Heights Senior Center, St. Clair Shores Adult Ed, and Waltonwood Lakeside.  We also did shows for the Best Western Hotel Group annual convention, and the UofM-Flint Alumni "Back to the Bricks" celebration.  We wrapped up our year with a gala presentation for the Edsel and Eleanor Ford Estate, which included entertainment by renown Dean Martin impersonator Steve London.

We look forward to several more fashion shows and presentations for other organizations and historical societies in the months to come.  Stay tuned to our Facebook page, for the most up-to-date information (link found on the home page).

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