The Chesterfield Township Historical Society will host a cruise through decades of fashion and vehicles later this month, when Fashion and the Automobile brings its fashion show to the society’s annual Harvest Dinner.

“They have reproductions and some originals…from the Victorian Era to the ‘50s, and they have live models and music,” said historical society Past President Eileen Rivard.

‘Fashion Through the Decades’ show coming to Chesterfield Township

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The Chesterfield Township Historical Society’s 2016 Harvest Dinner is set to take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 27 at Zuccaro’s Banquets and Catering in Chesterfield Township. Dinner will be served at 6:15 p.m.

Tickets cost $25 in advance and can be purchased at the Chesterfield Township Treasurer’s Office, located in the municipal building at 47275 Sugarbush Road. Advanced tickets can also be purchased from Chesterfield Township Historical Society members. Tickets at the door cost $30.

Funds raised from the Harvest Dinner will support the Chesterfield Township Historical Society, which was founded in 1993 to preserve Chesterfield Township’s history. The society opened its historical village near the municipal offices in 2006. The village recently obtained the historic Kolping chapel.

Roy Rivard, a member of the group, said a classic 1930s vehicle will be parked in front of Zuccaro’s for the Harvest Dinner, highlighting the Fashion and the Automobile Fashion Through the Decades show held inside during the dinner.

Fashion and the Automobile is a touring exhibit offering historical presentations and exhibits featuring authentic fashion and vehicles depicted by automotive artists’ work, its website states.

“Fashion Through the Decades is going to show how automotive design and fashion design correlate with each other,” Fashion and the Automobile Fashion Curator Lynn Anderson said.

The 45-minute presentation is expected to feature multi-media, lights, music, mannequins and live models. Both men’s and women’s fashions will be highlighted, Anderson said.

“There is a correlation between fashion and cars and what was happening in world events, happenings that changed the way women orange evening dress,” Anderson said.

The presentation will cover the early days of the auto through the 1950s and 1960s.

“I also talk about what is old is new again, how fashion does evolve back around every couple of decades,” Anderson said.

Currently, fashion is experiencing a 1970s resurgence, but films such as “The Great Gatsby” and television such as “Downton Abbey” are also having an influence.

“I can walk into any clothing store in the mall today and show you any decade represented,” Anderson said.


The event will also include a live auction and silent auction. Vendors have donated items for use in the live auction including art and a baseball autographed by Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers, Roy Rivard said.