The Remember When Vintage Fashion Show, on Sept. 16 and 17, at the Club Social des Iles on Surettes Island, received rave reviews from audiences and raised $3,000 (after expenses) for the St. Joseph Church and Club Social des Iles.
Prior to the event, community residents hunted through closets and trunks for treasured garments, donating many for the event.
Emcees told the story behind each item of clothing worn by the models. Committee member Patsy Surette says it brought the audience back to simpler times.
“Some got teary-eyed. However, everyone had a smile on their face during the three shows,” she said.
“The crowd went wild as the models and performers did their acts. The background music played an important part to set the mood.”
Three hairstylists put in long hours to prepare the models’ hair and makeup for the shows,
“The first show, everyone was a bit tense, but it helped us to iron out the bugs for the two shows on Sunday,” said Surette.
“We had over 230 people attend and the shows started in the 1870s with a reproduction dress worn by Kennedy Deviller,” she said.
The show progressed up to the 1970s with outfits that included a family shopping at Christmas, people going to church, the flapper years, the 1950s’ Snackerie, the Depression, the Second World War, Jackie O, the Beatles, the Powder Puff, hippy and disco years and many more.
Close to $4,000 was raised by the event, with about $1,000 directed to expenses.
St. Joseph Church will be using the funds for cemetery work, general repairs and to buy oil for the furnace this winter. Club Social des Iles will be doing maintenance and other general repairs.
“A lot of work went into this show to put it in production,” said Surette.
“I can’t say enough about the cast and crew. Everyone was just amazing and we had a lot of fun. It will certainly be a show to remember.”
For many more photos of the models in character at Patsy Surette's photography studio, visit her Facebook Page.