Alex Attends From Petticoats to Poodle Skirts – A Historical Fashion Tea

The 3rd Annual From Petticoats to Poodle Skirts, A Historical Fashion Tea put on by the West Linn Historical Society in partnership with the Friends of McLean Park and House

McLean House – Back

Hey, friends, Alex here. I am the Office & Communications Manager for the Arts Alliance. If you submitted an event for inclusion in our online events calendar, chances are, you interacted with me!

Since all of the event submissions cross my desk, I have the unique privilege of being in the know for all the amazing arts and culture happenings throughout Clackamas County. This past Saturday (February 22), I was able to attend the 2 pm session of this year’s From Petticoats to Poodle Skirts, A Historical Fashion Tea put on by the West Linn Historical Society in partnership with the Friends of McLean Park and House. My 14 year-old daughter and her friend joined the fun as well.

Table Settings

McLean House, where the event was held, was the perfect venue for this delightful event. Arriving early, the beautiful weather on Saturday allowed for a brief stroll of the grounds prior to the tea getting underway.

Our party was lucky enough to be seated in the sun room. With temperatures on Saturday hovering near 60 degrees and full sunshine, this was ideal! We chose our seats carefully since each tea cup was unique and participants could purchase their tea cups after the event. Overall, the hosts did a wonderful job with making sure everyone felt welcome and they kept the tea (of which there was a good selection) flowing!

As more and more guests arrived, the girls and I realized we had absolutely missed an opportunity to dress in our own variation of historical attire. Before the show even started, I was wowed by the costuming and style of fellow guests.

The delicious tea trays

The tea trays themselves were also works of art with a good selection of delicious items, and there were even gluten free plates that included a corresponding item for everything offered on the non-gluten free trays. Mini finger sandwiches (tuna salad and cucumber dill cream cheese), quiches, lavender scones, tarts, shortbread, ginger-spice cupcakes, and fruit, all delicious in their own right, were enjoyed.

Zelda Fitzgerald

Then, once everyone was enjoying their tea and treats, the real fun started – the historical fashion show! In honor of 2020 being the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, this year’s show was themed around famous and noteworthy women throughout history. Two of my favorite costumes were Zelda Fitzgerald and Carmen Miranda, but they were all wonderful and the stories were intriguing and inspirational, especially when narrated with such humor and wit. I was really glad to have brought my daughter and her friend, so they could hear these stories and feel the warm, collective female energy in the room.

While this year’s event is history, as they say, be sure to mark your calendars for early next year when the event dates for 2021 will surely be announced. Also, if you’re interested in seeing the grounds (and in bloom, by then, I’m sure!), check out the upcoming West Linn GardenFest also hosted at the McLean House.

It’s always a good idea to keep an eye on our Events Calendar and make sure you’re subscribed to receive our weekly event emails and monthly newsletter. That way you won’t miss any fun events like this!

This post is part of our series featuring Clackamas County Arts Alliance staff members engaging with local arts and culture. Your comments area always welcome! Let us know what you think by emailing us at [email protected].


* Please note, this post was in no way sponsored, nor admission paid/comped, by the event hosts. 

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