The St. Clair County Historical Society's 11th Annual Fashion Promenade is taking on a "Downton Abbey" look this year.
The luncheon, silent auction and fashion show will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 13 at St. Clair Country Club, 100 S. 78th St. in Belleville. Reservations are $35 per person or $280 for a table of eight; contact Norma Walker, 234-0600. The deadline for reservations is Monday. Valet parking is available.
The title of the program and fashion show is "Downton Abbey Our Way." The fashion show is based on the popular PBS TV series set in the fictional Yorkshire Country estate of Downton Abbey. The show depicts the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in the post-Edwardian era -- with the great events in history having an effect on their lives and on the British social hierarchy. Such events depicted throughout the series include news of the sinking of the RMS Titanic in the , the outbreak of World War 1 and the Spanish influenza pandemic.
The Belleville event begins with a reception and cash bar at 11 a.m., followed by a silent auction from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., lunch catered by the St. Clair Country Club, and the Fashion Promenade at 1 p.m.
The fashion show feature members and friends of the Historical Society dressed as members of the "Downton Abbey cast. They will be wearing non-accessioned donated fashions and clothes from private individuals dating from about 1912 to 1920. One of the models will be wearing a World War I army uniform.
Proceeds from the event will go toward the upkeep of the St. Clair County Historical Society's three buildings -- the Victorian House Museum at 701 E. Washington and a recently purchased adjacent home, and the Emma Kunz Museum, 602 Fulton St. -- and educational programs and tours for children.