In 2009, Karen wrote the original fashion show presenting the history of clothing for
a women’s organization celebrating its 100th year.
In 2011, she enlarged the show to feature 180 years of fashion as a fundraiser for the New Castle
Historical Society. Two shows in one day raised $5,000.
Today, the show has been updated in scope, format and content. Bustles to Bras is a media presentation
of Karen’s collection of historic and vintage clothing combined with the unique photographs she took
in England. Bustles to Bras presents the iconic images of women’s fashions by decades from the 18th
to the 20th centuries connecting the silhouette with the history that inspired it.
Displays & Mannequins
This presentation may include a small display of accessories from Karen’s collection and mannequins dressed
in original vintage clothing. When done as a fundraiser, a model or two dressed in authentic clothing
from the past may be able to participate.
Karen will be asking for two volunteers from the audience to model pieces from her collection.
One must be a size 6 – 8; the other a size 10 – 12.
1940s Wedding Gown
Communication is always a good beginning. It is imperative that scheduling be done far enough in advance
for Karen to put this on her calendar, notify an assistant, prepare and pack. Details regarding space, outlets,
available technology and the number of people expected along with distance to the site are also important.
Karen provides these images from either a flash drive or a laptop. She has her own projector, projector
stand and screen, but would appreciate using any of these that might already be at the facility.
(Screens tend to be tricky).
Karen will arrive one / two hours ahead of the scheduled performance to determine the technology requirements
and to set up the show and display.