History center's Vintage Pittsburgh weekend is a blast from the past
By Kate Benz
Published: Sunday, April 14, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Standing-room-only did nothing to minimize the air of excitement buzzing throughout the fifth floor of the Senator John Heinz History Center on April 12, where a catwalk and the promise of an hour's worth of vintage fashion drew retro aficionados down to the Strip District in droves.
“I like finding a treasure,” said Lauren Seiple. “I know what I'm wearing no one else will be wearing. I think I was born in the wrong era.”
The official start of the Vintage Pittsburgh weekend, held in partnership with PGH Vintage Mixer and a nod to the History Center's “1968: The Year That Rocked America exhibit,” the runway showcased mouth-watering collections from area shops including Highway Robbery, Hey Betty, Haute Vibe and TranquiliT. Even history center curators Emily Cline and Bonnie Reese couldn't resist, showing off vintage finds that are part of their FADS collection, an “occupational hazard,” according to the duo. Meanwhile, the crew from ModCloth, including Aire Plichta, Chelsey Davidson and Emily Seibel, found themselves surrounded by a pool of admirers who were begging for the online-only purveyor of pretty to further satisfy cravings via pop-up shops or occasional warehouse sales out of their Pittsburgh space.
A history lesson in itself, the show put into perspective the cultural divide that clearly split the 1960s into two wildly different points in time. Visually highlighting a virtual “before and after,” it succinctly showed how fashion began to mirror the shifts in perceived roles and expectations of both race and gender, underscoring the general unrest being felt by the nation.
As if the event weren't enough to satisfy cravings, a Vintage Mixer held the following day saw a line of people snaking out the doors to pillage the wares of two dozen vendors who were selling everything from old-school clothing to home decor of yesteryear.
A wildly enjoyable trip back in time for the likes of History Center prez Andy and Debbie Masich, special guest Barbara Feldon (aka Agent 99 from the television show “Get Smart”), ModCloth founders Susan and Eric Koger, Judy Linaburg (her vintage pieces from Mark Pennywell and Halston also were featured in the show), James Barricella and Mark Grady, Kate Minton and Brazilian-born designer Lana Neumeyer, whose contemporary collection ended the show.
Kate Benz is the social columnist for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at email@example.com or 412-380-8515.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.