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Victorians and Prarie Girls and Cowboys oh my!

The good folks over at the Dallas Fort Worth Costumer’s Guild came out to strut their stuff at the annual Fort Worth Stock Yard Days. The costumes were amazing and with a sprinkling of traditional prairie ladies, a smattering of first class Victorian,  and even a few Cowboy and Sheriff types thrown in for flavor.  Everyone looked very authentic and soon a crowd gathered for pictures. There were a few little ones in costume as well that simple stole the show.
Meeting at the ticket window for the Tarantella, they boarded the historic train for a quick jog around the Trinity River and good conversation pertaining to all things costume design. Many spent the time comparing notes on how they created their western wear and if they were entering in the historically accurate costume contest later that day. There was some intermittent and rather  droning commentary from the train’s assistant conductor about the local scenery. You could just hear the intonation of “Oh just look out the bloody window” in her voice. But not to have the day dampened everyone took it in good fun and made a game out of how scenic the backyard of a junk collector could actually be.
But spirits remained high as the train pulled back into the station and everyone went their separate ways to enjoy all the festivities the Stock Yard had to offer that day.
I pulled elite costumer Megan Martin aside for a few photos and asked her why she joined the Guild.
“I joined the Costumer’s Guild because I really wanted to get to know some other people that were into historical costuming,” she said with excitement in her voice. “The Guild  has such great events, and it’s always fun to get together with like-minded people to trade sewing tips and experiences. And where else would you have the opportunity to wear a Victorian gown and ride an antique train, or get gussied up in a 50s summer dress and meet in a vintage ice cream parlor?”

Where indeed? Besides a convention and those are so few and far between in the DFW area. It’s an exciting prospect for anyone into costuming of any kind, as the Guild is certainly open to all levels of expertise and all interest. As one member told me, “As long as you enjoy dressing up and going out to have fun, you are welcome here!”
The next event the Guild hosted was the Ice Cream Social and they will be having an English Country Dance August 27th at the Sons of Hermann Hall.

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