May 4: Victorian Lady’s Tea Party and Fashion Show
Beauty, elegance, propriety and adornment: these were hallmarks of Victorian fashion. Ladies were corseted and bustled. Petticoats, corsets and chemises were worn under gowns. For a time, hoop skirts were all the rage. During the day, pagoda sleeves and high necklines with lace or tatted collars were popular, while in the evening, low necklines and short sleeves were worn with short gloves or fingerless lace or crocheted mitts.
Many fashions came and went in the period from 1837 to 1901, while Victoria reigned in England. Return to those elegant days and ways for a few hours, as you sit embraced in the warm welcome of the lady volunteers of Pioneer Village.
On May 4, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., you are invited to a Victorian Lady’s Tea Party and Fashion Show to be held in the Prescott Opera House at Pioneer Village, 3901 West Pioneer Rd. in Phoenix. The Pioneer ladies have been busily preparing for this experience. Your adventure will begin as you are served a traditional tea, complete with delicious edible delicacies. A gorgeous array of Victorian Era clothing will be modeled by the lovely lady volunteers of Pioneer Village, fashions to include clothing designs worn during the Arizona Territorial Period, which lasted from 1863 to 1912.
Admission of $25 provides entrance to the Village and will reserve your seat for this one-of-a-kind experience.