Written by Tea Time in Texas Magazine
July 10, 2013 PLANO
"Glamorous designs of the 1940s , ‘50s and ‘60s lit up the runway at a vintage fashion show hosted by Steven Porterfield at The Chocolate Angel’s High Street location in Plano in February.
Porterfield, owner of The Cat’s Meow in Midland, provides vintage fashion to the stars through his work with the film industry, and he also provides textile appraisals for PBS’ Antiques Roadshow.
The fashion show featured an impressive parade of clothing and lovely vintage hats and accessories. Porterfield conveyed that hats were a critical accessory to help women feel feminine in the 1940s World War II era, when fabric was in short supply.
“During the war you could only use three or four yards to make a dress, so you would use a hat to customize” the look.
Costume jewelry was another way to turn up the wattage. Porterfield related the majority of vintage costume jewelry was produced in the U.S., and pieces from the States are the most desirable.
“It’s not real jewelry; it’s costume, but it is like a work of art,” he explained.
Porterfield remarked that vintage fashion first became popular in the 1960s, and styles from the 1950s and 1960s are the most popular eras for vintage clothing today.
Several of the outfits featured in the show resembled dresses that are currently in style, proving that timeless designs never go out of style.
The show attracted a full-house. Guests enjoyed a lovely afternoon tea before the show. Sponsors for the event were Sherrie McCall of Chocolate Angel Cafe and Tearoom, and Marilyn Harris of Chic Cherie Vintage Clothing and Jewelry.
Fashion shows are held at High Street twice a year with the next one scheduled for September focusing on Holiday Fashions and Homecoming. The February 2014 Show will be inspired by Downton Abbey."