One of the joys of city living, in my suburban view, is the element of serendipity. I just returned from a fun filled week at my sister’s in Denver, where we ran across an unexpected exhibit of fashion photography at main public library downtown. It included photos from the archives of the now defunct Neusteter’s Department Store, which used to be the premier spot for fashion in the region. Although the store is no more, its photographic archive is now held in the History Colorado Museum. What a great source for a local history project!
Fashion shows were part of the services that elegant old department stores provided. They were both a place to catch up on current fashion trends, and a venue to see and be seen. From this particular shot, it looks like the women in attendance were older, prosperous, and content with conventional styles. Only the woman in front, perhaps in her sixties, stands out from the crowd. Wearing the stunned look of a recent face lift and a boldly printed dress, she’s appears to be the only one who might be ready to try the patterned coat on the model.
There’s no date on the photo, but I’m guessing late sixties or early seventies because of the skirt lengths, the textiles, and the hair. What do you think?