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TMS hosts retro trend present

TEXARKANA, Ark. — Get hip to the colourful kinds on Saturday when the Texarkana Museums System continues a year-long celebration of its fiftieth anniversary with a retro trend present.

Beginning at 2 p.m. on the P.J. Ahern Residence, fashions will sport the enduring appears to be like so memorable from the Nineteen Seventies, starting from bell-bottoms to prairie clothes and extra, with an occasion billed as “From Pinafores to Polyester.”

Final weekend’s Ace of Golf equipment dance celebration, Boogie Fever: 1971, was rescheduled due to climate. It’ll even be held Saturday however within the night beginning at 7 p.m.

Therefore, Saturday’s trend present is one among a number of occasions the TMS has hosted with a 1971 theme. Lots of the outfits come from the Museums System’s assortment of clothes, however some can be proven courtesy of native collectors and classic clothes followers.

“Among the greatest items we’ve for the present have been borrowed from Tonia Chambers, who’s within the means of organising a classic clothes enterprise,” defined Jamie Simmons, TMS curator, in an announcement. “Jaslyn Ebron, Tika Rowe and Isabella Rowe are classic clothes lovers who can be modeling a few of the clothes in their very own collections. It is a splendidly eclectic mixture of kinds that basically communicate to the individuality that outlined the last decade, all in opposition to the backdrop of the Ahern Residence’s historic interiors.”

As nicely, former mannequin Carol Collins-Miles, who labored for Hubert de Givenchy and different designers in Paris, France, will function a visitor mannequin.


Tonia Chambers sits in her house stuffed with classic gadgets at the back of Caveman Consignment on Tuesday. Chambers loaned over 90 items of Nineteen Seventies clothes to Texarkana Museum Methods for its trend present, From Pinafores to Polyester, on Saturday on the P.J. Ahern Residence.


Picture by
Kelsi Brinkmeyer/Texarkana Gazette.

Fashions will showcase these fashions all through the primary ground of the Arkansas-side 1905 Classical Revival mansion. In an interview, Simmons mentioned the volunteer fashions will stroll by simply as if it was an actual type present.

TMS Board President Velvet Cool will emcee, introducing fashions and offering details about the outfits, lots of which have been added to the TMS assortment over time.

“They have been donated by varied folks over time. We’ve some items that Cornelia DeWoody gave us earlier than she handed away. She was fairly well-known right here on the town for accumulating classic clothes,” Simmons mentioned, noting double knit materials have been fashionable within the ’70s.

“A variety of clothes at the moment was revolutionary due to the materials they have been growing and the way straightforward it was to put on them and maintain them,” Simmons mentioned. “Additionally, the colours that you just discover in that point.”


Classic stitching patterns and measuring tapes are scattered round Tonia Chambers’ house stuffed with classic gadgets at the back of Caveman Consignment.


Picture by
Kelsi Brinkmeyer/Texarkana Gazette.

Even immediately, these vibrant colours are excellent, she mentioned. Often, such classic put on makes a return in recognition.

“We’re in a kind of intervals proper now the place classic clothes is absolutely fashionable,” Simmons mentioned. The present will embody ’70s-themed refreshments to be served to the company attending this TMS fundraiser.

Chambers is getting ready an area to promote her classic put on and different classic gadgets over on the Robert Pynes-owned Caveman Consignment Co. on New Boston Street.

“That is what he calls the Betty and Wilma part of the Cave,” she mentioned. “It is bought all of the lady’s stuff in it.”

She thinks of the growing house as a retro lounge and salon. She considers herself a classic way of life coach. “I’ve accomplished just a few folks’s residing rooms. I’ve accomplished some flea market cubicles for folks, stuff like that,” mentioned Chambers, a self-described “hippie artwork chick” in highschool and an artwork scholar in school.

Her resurgent curiosity in flea markets, property gross sales, antiques and classic put on lately related her to the area people of pickers and salvagers. She’s a deal finder, at all times looking out for classic kinds.

“I not often put on something greater than three or 4 instances as a result of my outfits are $2, $3, $4, $5 perhaps,” mentioned Chambers, who may even mannequin on the present, alongside along with her daughter Eleanor.

She’s loaning a bunch of her classic garments to the style present, about 80 items: enterprise clothes, go-go clothes and extra.

“I’ve a number of the maxi clothes, the actually lengthy polyester maxi clothes. A few of them are vibrant colours. A few of them are plain with the little belt on the high, the empire waist type of factor. A few of them have that prairie really feel to it,” Chambers mentioned, noting the ’70s was a transitional decade, a mix of fashions.

She sees a connection between the TMS mission and her curiosity in classic put on.

“The explanation that I do what I do is preserving historical past,” Chambers mentioned.

(Admission is $5 per individual, free for TMS. Reservations are requested. Tickets could also be accessible on the door however seating is proscribed. For extra info or to buy tickets, name 903-793-4831 or go to TexarkanaMuseums.org/Occasions. The P.J. Ahern House is situated at 403 Laurel St.)

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