A Fashionable Tea: Northwest Fashion in the Downton Abbey Era

Columbia River Sewing members and friends took a step back in time on a sunny day in June to relive the experience of enjoying tea and fashion. Guests enjoyed a show of authentic and reproduction fashions from the time of the PBS television series, Downton Abbey, followed by sipping tea and snacking on tea treats.

The fashion show was hosted by Eileen Tristain, a noted author and textiles expert and period clothing coordinator for Ft. Vancouver National Historic Site and U.S. National Park. Eileen and her crew of volunteers procure, fabricate, catalog, and research appropriate attire and accessories. They presented a fashion show of day and evening garments for the period from 1910 to 1930—the years spanned
by Downton Abbey, the popular TV series.

Attendees were encouraged to dress in period costumes and prizes were awarded.