Full house again for OCCHS fashions

       Britney Brown (in a 1940s cream nightgown and robe) and
Kelly Vinnola (in a 1920s swimsuit) talk to members of the
audience, seated at tables in the Old Colorado City History
Westside Pioneer photo After turning back the clock to the 1800s for fashion shows at the Old Colorado City History Center in previous years, vintage clothing designer Rita Wilhelm stayed in the 20th century for the fifth annual event May 13. Rita Wilhelm (right), who made all the clothes, dresses up an audience volunteer (Lona Dee Lang) in a hat, cape and gloves. 
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       In the year's first fund-raiser for the Old Colorado City Historical Society (OCCHS), the show was once again a sell-out, with close to 70 people sitting at decorated tables in the center, enjoying lunch and tea and Wilhelm's four models displaying 30 garments between the 1910s and the 1980s.
       Now a Canon City resident and the founder of the Victorian Heritage Society of Colorado, Wilhelm formerly had a shop in Colorado Springs called Seasons Past.

Jessica Wiseman in a 1940s taffeta evening gown.
Westside Pioneer photo Wiseman in a black satin dress and hat from the 1920s.
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