By ALLISON AMBROSE
We are grateful to the community for coming out to support the Belknap Mill's second annual Fashion & Flair professional fashion show on Sunday, May 21, where local celebrities showcased fashions from Tanger Outlets. A wide array of styles were featured from classic Levi's jeans to Banana Republic's business attire, and exquisite women's fashions from Christopher and Banks to comfort modern-wear from the Gap and trendy new teen clothing from Rue21.
Our guests and participants were also fortunate enough to experience a special viewing of antique dresses graciously provided by the Laconia Historical Society. Eight dresses from the 19th century and early 20th century were exhibited on the first and third floor of the Mill; the featured dresses were in excellent condition for their age, several of which were wedding gowns. The oldest dress in the collection dates back to 1848, which was the earliest dress exhibited at the Fashion & Flair event.
The Belknap Mill stands for the significance of community showcasing the connections between yesterday and today. As seen with clothing manufacturers, the Mill has been able to respond to the changes through its nearly 200 years of history – from the of weaving socks to education and arts programming along with serving as a vibrant community center and historic museum. The Belknap Mill is also about relationships ... we never would have known about these antique dresses had it not been for a casual, yet wonderful and engaging conversation with Angela Stone – a dear friend of the Belknap Mill.
If you missed the event but you would like to view the dresses, please contact us! Our hope is to partner with the Laconia Historical Society in the near future to feature a full exhibit of these gorgeous antique gowns.
Allison Ambrose is an attorney at Wescott Law in Laconia and is the president of the Board of Directors of the Belknap Mill Society.
The Belknap Mill's Fashion and Flair show May 21 compared and contrasted fashions through the years. These are several antique gowns from the late 1800s and early 1900s. (Courtesy Carey Hough)
Carmen Lorentz models a modern dress from the Tanger Outlet Store - Christopher and Banks. (Courtesy Carey Hough)
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