Tread of Pioneers to present vintage ski fashion show
January 20, 2010
Steamboat Springs — It's not just how well you ski, but how hot you look while making legitimate turns. That's the complete package.
The Tread of Pioneers Museum will present a fun survey of the dramatic shifts in the clothes and accessories we wear to play in the snow at 6 p.m. Thursday at the United Methodist Church at Eighth and Oak streets in downtown Steamboat Springs. Admission is free, and refreshments will be served. Anyone with vintage wool or vintage neon in the closet is invited to attend as a living history exhibit. If you must, come as you are.
Ski history is a continuum — it's happening this month, and ski fashion is evolving right along with it.
The museum's Katie Adams said changes in fabric driven by new technologies had much to do with the acceleration of changing ski fashions in the 20th century.
"Ski Fashion really got going after 1935," she said.
Suddenly, wool knickers gave way to nylon ski pants, and nothing was ever the same again. The evolution of functional ski clothing and ski fashion are really two different things, Adams added.
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Along the way, the prevailing trends in ski and snowboard fashion have provided outlets both for high style and youthful rebellion.
Museum Director Candice Bannister said the i3dea of a midwinter vintage ski fashion show was an outgrowth of the Tread of Pioneers' desire to increase its educational programs and exhibits that increase interactivity with the public. The enthusiasm for a recent vintage wedding dress event lent some momentum to the ski fashion concept, she said.
"We put out a call to the community — people got so excited," Bannister said. "They all have their own exhibit. We saw two and three generations sharing their wedding dresses."
Thursday night's fashion show, for which Adams will provide commentary, features primarily ski outfits temporarily loaned to the museum from the 1940s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s and '90s.
"It's something everyone knows about," Adams said. "Everyone can identify the different styles."
She expects the program to last 45 to 60 minutes.
Expect to see a giant pair of furry white après ski boots donated by Louise Jansa, former proprietor of the Elephant's Trunk retail Shop. Ann Ross will model an authentic early '70s cowgirl one-piece powder suit complete with buckskin-style fringe on the sleeves.
Also, watch for a surprise historical ski film at the end of the show.