Relive the golden era of cinema, from silent films to the 1960s, at the Canyon County Historical Society’s “Hooray For Hollywood!” Tea and Style Show fundraiser Saturday at Nampa First United Methodist Church.

The Style Show and Tea, now in its seventh year, will feature vintage fashions influenced by movie stars.

Decorations will reflect the glitz and glamour of classic Hollywood and will set the stage for a vintage style show. With Historical Society president Bob Wagner as master of ceremonies, Wendy Miller, the fashion show coordinator and narrator, will present the vintage style show.

Miller’s narration will tell the stories of some of the most classic female movie stars and their influence on fashion over the years.

Audiences went to see Gloria Swanson not only for her films, but for her wardrobe. In the early days of silent movies, stars wore their own clothing because there was no wardrobe department.

Joan Crawford was in movies for 45 years and she was known for her sense of style. She set the trend for the broad padded shoulders woman wore in the 1940s. Greta Garbo made the “slouch” hat fashionable in the 1930s. Marlene Dietrich wore tailored men’s wear-style pant suits in the 1930s, and created a fashion sensation.

Guests will be treated to the traditional afternoon tea combinations of savories, sweets, the popular English scone, and of course, Bigelow tea.

“None of the clothes in the show belonged to actual movie stars, and models will not  ‘impersonate’ the actresses per se,” Miller said. The vintage clothing is on loan to the Historical Society from several private collections.

Every year the proceeds of this fundraiser are earmarked for historic preservation. This year the money raised will go to the restoration and preservation of the 1942 caboose adjacent to the Nampa Train Depot.

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