Tickets nearly sold out for sorority fashion show

Members of Beta Sigma Phi sorority won’t have to worry about trying to fill seats for their “A Stroll Through the Century–Tea & Vintage Fashion Show” coming up April 15 at the Red Dog Inn.
The first show at 2 p.m. sold out some time last week and, as of yesterday, the 7 p.m. one wasn’t far behind.
The fashion extravaganza–the first of its kind here–will showcase 55 models, including children, teens, and grandmothers, wearing clothing from the past 100 years.
Ten tables of memorabilia from each decade also will be on display.
“Out of the 175-200 pieces of clothing, only four or five aren’t authentic,” co-convener Marlene McQuarrie stressed Sunday.
“Altogether, counting shoes, clothes, and accessories, we’ve probably got 1,200-1,500 pieces–it’s amazing what we’ve collected,” added McQuarrie, who also is president of Alpha Beta chapter and of the council that co-ordinates all five Beta Sigma Phi chapters here.
McQuarrie expected each show would last about two hours, with a “black run” planned as a kick-off to the main fashion file.
“We’re starting with a black run. It won’t be a blast from the past but a cast for the present to show how basic black has evolved over the century,” she explained.
“The black run includes everything from a fancy party dress to pant suits to a black cape–every conceivable style of dress,” noted Susan Sieders, fashion co-ordinator for the show.
Sieders noted the response from teenage girls to model for the show was overwhelming–and a lifesaver–given that many of the women’s clothes on hand from 1900-1950 smacked of tiny waistlines.
She also said a number of the girls would be wearing their own grandmothers’ fashions.
“The teens have been wonderful [and] they’re having fun wearing what their grandmothers wore,” said Sieders. “They can’t believe some of the things their grandmas had.
“The hats are something else,” she said.
Organizers also managed to find hats to match every outfit on the walkway, said co-convener Josie Schill. A lover of hats all of her life, she supplied about 70 percent of them, having collected the stylish pieces as part of her clothing collection.
“[Josie] is the accessory lady–it’s just hilarious,” said Sieders.
Because of the size of the project, sorority plans just one dress rehearsal the day before to iron out any remaining wrinkles.