Vintage fashion show added to dance

By Jeff Petersen, The Observer November 08, 2013 09:35 am

Shannon Callow is one of the models for Saturday’s vintage fashion show.
Shannon Callow is one of the models for Saturday’s vintage fashion show.

Like treasure hunting?

If so, you may want to check out the added bonus at the La Grande High School Band’s annual 1940s USO Swing Dance this year.

A vintage fashion show will feature clothing from the 1930s to the 1980s. Traditional makeup, hairstyles and accessories such as purses, hats and jewelry will be on display.

The fashion show is the brainchild of Kayla Komito and her friend, Jane Howell, who has helped Komito get models dressed and accessorized on some of the photo-shoots for Komito’s etsy stores, and Howell suggested Komito do a vintage fashion show for the USO event. 

“It appealed to me greatly,” Komito said, “because of my love of the style from that period of time and my wish to engage with the community about this passion.”

The LHS Jazz Ensemble and local artists will perform big band and swing music modeled after the USO dances of the 1940s. 

The vintage fashion show will feature models from Eastern Oregon University.

“Four EOU students — Jessica Parker, Shannon Callow, Leina Buchanan and Quincy Moore — will be modeling plus possibly a couple of surprise community members,” Komito said.

Komito said she is putting on the show to help educate those who want to learn about vintage fashion.

“It’s an unusual fun event for these hard times and a promotion for my two online etsy vintage shops,” she said.

She believes etsy is a fantastic online resource for vintage clothing.

“There are thousands of shops to choose from, many price ranges from the real ‘deal’ to high-end collector, and an excellent search engine with which to find your color, size, era and so on,” Komito said.

Vintage clothing, however, need not break the bank account. And you don’t have to be a techo-savvy wizard. All you have to be is a treasure hunter.

“Other places in which to find vintage clothing if you are patient, have done your research and know what you are looking at, are thrift stores, consignment stores, garage sales, estate sales and clothing exchange stores,” Komito said. “Then there is always your local vintage and antique stores, where treasures can also be found.”

She said the vintage fashion show should be a real eye-opener for La Grande.

“The attention to detail,” Komito said, “will give the public a real taste of another time and how to integrate vintage clothing into their daily wear.”

The show may also trigger an urge to treasure hunt. Follow Jeff on Twitter @lagrandenewsGo.