Lily Elsie – Epitome of Edwardian Beauty Part 1

By | May 7th, 2016|Categories: Edwardian Era, Fashion, Uncategorized, Women's History|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

by Donna Klein Little Elsie - talent and beauty Lily Elsie came into this world as Elsie Hodder on April 8, 1886. Her mother was Charlotte Elizabeth Hodder, a dressmaker who operated a lodging house in Armley. Leeds, Yorkshire. Less is known about her father, although the obituary of Arthur Borrows, a one-time opera tenor, [...]

The Gibson Girl: New Ideal for a New Century

By | April 2nd, 2016|Categories: Edwardian Era, Fashion, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

by Donna Klein   How Charles Gibson created the Ideal Woman   Women were in the forefront of societal change during the last decade of the 19th century. The woman of the 1890s was athletic, independent, and educated (thanks to recent access to higher education). She was on the cusp; coming into her own.  Some women [...]

Redfern Ltd. – Under Charles Poynter Redfern

By | February 26th, 2016|Categories: Edwardian Era, Fashion, Uncategorized, Victorian Era|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

by Donna Klein   Redfern - from John to Charles   Three years before John Redfern's death in 1895, his sons took over the the company and changed the name to Redfern Ltd. This seamless transition allowed the fashion house to move forward, mostly through the creative thinking of his son, Charles Poynter Redfern (1853 [...]

World War I Changes Fashion

By | February 12th, 2016|Categories: Edwardian Era, Fashion, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , |

by Donna Klein   At the beginning of World War I, women were still wearing hobble skirts, which allowed for very little freedom of movement. But, as women took to the workforce to fill the void of the men who were off fighting the war, it became evident that the style of the day was [...]

Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of My Fair Lady

By | February 4th, 2016|Categories: Edwardian Era, Fashion, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

by Donna Klein   Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of My Fair Lady   It's an exciting time for the Rogers City (Michigan) Community Theatre (RCCT). I've been involved with RCCT for more nine years as an actor, director, and techie. The Lerner and Loewe musical, My Fair Lady came up every year as the group [...]

A Gilded Thanksgiving Celebration

By | November 26th, 2015|Categories: Edwardian Era, Uncategorized, Victorian Era, Victorian Era Celebrations|Tags: , , , , , |

By Donna Klein   Thanksgiving During the Gilded Age   Thanksgiving is here! As I thought about the holiday, I wondered what it was like during the glory years of the characters on Downton Abbey. I know the British don't celebrate Thanksgiving, but  what was it like for their American counterparts? What was Thanksgiving like [...]

Emmeline Pankhurst: Suffragette – Part 2

By | October 30th, 2015|Categories: Edwardian Era, Uncategorized, Victorian Era, Women's History|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

by Donna Klein continued from part 1 ... The Suffragette Gets Radical By 1903, the women’s suffrage movement saw a lot of talk but little action in Parliament. She left the ILP, and in October helped found the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU), which was only open to women and focused on direct action [...]

Emmeline Pankhurst: Suffragette – Part 1

By | October 29th, 2015|Categories: Edwardian Era, Uncategorized, Victorian Era, Women's History|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Who was Emmeline Pankhurst? I recently saw a trailer for a new movie called "Suffragette," in which  Meryl Streep portrays Emmeline Pankhurst, a political activist who championed women’s rights in Britain during the late 19th and early 20th century. I decided to find out more about this historical figure and found Emmeline Pankhurst’s story to be [...]

Recollections Fashion Show at the Centennial Building

By | October 23rd, 2015|Categories: Ball Gowns, Civil War, Edwardian Era, Fashion, Hats, Old West, Pioneer Dress, Polonaise, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Recollections Fashion Show Recap The Lake Huron Discovery Tour 2015 has come and gone, but the Recollections fashion show at the Centennial Building in Alpena continues to live in the memories of those who joined us on October 10 for the festivities. The day started early for Recollections, with the models from the show prepped [...]