A fashion show with a difference

A FASHION show with a difference was held at Ashdon Village Hall featuring costumes dating back to 1812 up to the 1960s.

The unusual event, titled ‘Frocks and Frillies’, was organised by members of the village WI and the curator of Ashdon Museum, Glen Miller.

Most of the outfits paraded down the catwalk came from Ashdon Museum but a few were lent by members of the community.

The costume selection included nightwear from the 1900s, a vintage wedding dress with a 15 inch waist, and a rabbit fur coat made during the war from animals grown by the owner.

Mr Miller offered an historical insight into the items on display, while Hilary Haynes from the WI described the materials and fabrics used.


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Cathrin Bidwell, the WI’s president, said she is pleased with how it turned out, having sold all 120 available tickets two weeks prior to the event.

“It was a wonderful event. Everyone who came clearly enjoyed themselves,” she said.

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Mrs Bidwell said she is now exploring the possibility of a similar event in the future.

“Given the positive feedback we’ve received, we will now sit down and discuss the idea of a follow-up show in the future.”

All proceeds for the event were split between the WI and Ashdon Museum.

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