WWI Fashion Event For 100th Anniversary

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Fashion from the era of World War I was displayed at Northern Michigan University last weekend. The reason behind the event was to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the war. Put on by the Beaumier Heritage Center and Friends of Fashion took the audience back to the 1900’s for a look-back on what people were donning in the 20th century. Scenes were performed by models with music from the 1920’s was played during intermission, making the event well hosted and realistic.

There have been several events similar to Northern Michigan’s that commemorate the war. It was a fun and imaginative event for everyone.

It is simple in saying “Fashion for everyone,” which was expressed during this fashion show. The audience ranged from teenagers to senior citizens that were curious to relive their experiences up close and personal. It is almost as if these people who were alive when World War I was happening are reminiscing about those days. Although being involved was most likely dramatic and full of hardships, it is still part of culture.

It is important not to forget your roots, which is why there is an anniversary of the war every year. World War II will not be forgotten.

Sometimes, it feels as though fashion is constantly moving in cycles. The fashion that was available from the 1900’s to the 1940’s are being used in a modernized and chic way now. I have seen the flapper dress a million times in fast-fashion stores, bringing Gatsby parties to a whole new level when you can easily dress the part. The 1920’s was one of the best times for fashion because of the scandalous attire that women started to wear.

Shoulder pads and matching skirt suits are still around today, becoming the new and popular business-savvy way to dress.

It is also an interesting and innovative way to create a dress that truly captivates the World War I era. Fashion has changed drastically since that time and it is cool to see that people are still fascinated by clothing in the old days. There are people who are in love with all things fashion and it would have been a wonderful experience going back in time to see what trends were out during World War I.

Fashion was sophisticated, yet flirtatious at the same time. Compared to now, there was more coverage but it still was considered flattering. Fashion is not seen in the same light like it used to.

The times live on, as seen in Northern Michigan University. World War I is an important piece of history that you are able to learn about through fashion and how people wear them. That is embodied today, making sure history is always present.

"I am a ship and I promise I will make it to the shores alive". Hello! My name is Serena Anthony, currently residing here in Chicago, IL, recently come from a five year stay in Malaysia. I am a Fashion Business major at Columbia College with a passion for incorporating writing and fashion together, which is awesome given that those are two of my favourite things. Especially after great sushi and a killer moshe cristo. Columbia is giving me the benefit of creatively getting a handle on my goals. Because I love art, more so when I get into a frenzy, this college is a mix of serious and enjoyable experiences. I hope to keep my future like that as well!

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