The Swaffham Rotary Club’s visual arts festival was launched with a spectacular fashion show based on the clothes of the 1950s and 1960s.
Clothes from two local collectors and the Costume and Textile Association of the Norwich Museum were demonstrated by models from the Nicholas Hamond Academy, two Swaffham models and four from Norwich.
The evening, which was hosted at the Nicholas Hamond Academy, was compered by Joy Evitt, who explained the way in which fashion has developed from the 40’s into the 50s and 60s with each of the items described in detail.
There was a nostalgic look at fashion over these two decades with clothes, shoes, hats and accessories plus the music from the times to introduce the styles and trends.
Fashion has become an art form in many ways, with shoes, designer events, major fashion houses creating new styles and fashion becoming a very popular industry for young designers and models.
While some of us may not have seen it, we certainly heard about the 50s and 60s era of jive, rock n’ roll, mods and rockers, Carnaby Street, Mary Quant, the Beatles and much, much more.
Swaffham Rotary Clubpresident Denis Bishop introduced the evening along with Mr Tony Abel, from festival sponsors Abel Homes, while the event was launched by festival patron, Baroness Shephard of Northwold.
Baroness Shephard arrived wearing one of her own 1960s dresses, which was in her grandchildren’s dressing up box and last worn by them.
On the event, which was attended by more than 100 people, Mr Bishop said: “It was a truly spectacular evening.
“The clothers which were modelled were amazing and we were completely overwhelmed with how it went.
“The committee came up with the idea and we were able to build on it once contact was made with the Costume and Textile Association of Norwich Museum.
“A total of £200 was raised, but the principal of the whole night was to launch the festival, which will continue with an event each week right through until November 8.”
The annual visual arts festival will present an event each week over the next month with textiles, photography and film being offered at the Assembly Rooms in Swaffham.
Between November 6 and 8, a preview night, art exhibition and sale of world of art will take place at the Assembly Rooms.
Tickets and further information for all events can be obtained from the Ceres Bookshop, in London Street Swaffham, or by calling 01760 722504.