Democratic Women’s Club fashion show is big success |

Democratic Women’s Club fashion show is big success

by Christina Nelson

The recent Carson City Democratic Women’s Club Spring Tea and Fashion Show was a highly successful event that drew a standing room only crowd.

The show was held on March 28 at the Governor’s Mansion in Carson City and was attended by dozens of Carson Valley women.

The theme of the show was “Fashions of Yesterday Mixed with Fashions of Today.” Modern outfits and historic ones wree modeled.

A short drama was also enacted at the show. It portrayed a teacher in a one-room schoolhouse in 1912 rural Nevada being read her contract by the chairman of the school board.

The contract included rules teachers had to follow such as not wearing “bright colors” or using face “paint.” It also forbade teachers to get married.

The teacher, Ms. Hawkins, was played by Alice Downer.

Sen. Richard Bryan’s Northern Nevada Representative, Tom Baker, played the part of the chairman of the school board, as well as the event’s master of ceremonies.

Bonnie Parnell, Nevada Teacher of the Year, portrayed the modern educator. She also announced herself as a candidate for the assembly.

Teola Lee Shaw modeled a Northern Paiute buckskin dress. Karen Shaw narrated and gave a brief history of the Pyramid Lake Paiute women.

Della John, manager of the tribe, represented the modern Paiute woman.

A replica of an old nurse’s dress was modeled by Carolyn Beaupre.

Bryna Chandler portrayed women in politics as a young suffragist. Assemblywomen Vivien Freeman represented the modern version.

An original victorian gown, worn at the Governor’s Ball and which dates back to 1872, was modeled by the owner, K.C. Brennan. Vivian Pickett modeled a gown worn at the Cenntenial Ball.

Other modern fashions displayed at the event were play wear, casual career and career wear.

The modern fashions were presented by Sue St. Marie from Gottschalk’s of Carson City and modeled by members of the Carson City Democratic Women’s Club and friends.

Music was provided by harpist Mary Margaret Niebuhr.

The event ended with a finale of children passing out candy easter eggs.

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