My husband of 35+ years had this longtime dream of driving an antique car around the country as a retirement gift to himself. This was fine with me, as long as I was included in this adventure. Consequently, Dave and I embarked on a search for the "perfect" car. That car, it turned out, was a 1929 Tudor. Knowing very little about Model A's at that time, in 2007 we found ourselves joining the local Model A club, the Sacramento Capitol A's. I have to admit, I was a bit more reluctant than he. After all, it was a car club. Much to my surprise and delight, I found not only a delightful group of new friends, but also a niche for myself in this hobby in the guise of Model A Era Fashions.
I'm sure that like many others before me, I enthusiastically began collecting clothing and accessories only to discover that many of the items were not "quite right" for our era. It was suggested to me that I needed to delve deeper into the MAFCA Fashion Guidelines. I found that by taking the MAFCA Era Fashion Tests, I was able to focus my attention on the details of the fashions and accessories. I know now that I will always be a student, as there is still so much to learn and new information is constantly being discovered. Although I do not consider myself to be an expert in any way, shape, or form, I have certainly enjoyed learning what I do know so far about this era's fashions and hunting down the bits and pieces I have managed to acquire.
I seem to have trouble saying no, especially when I come across some of the fabulous original dresses—although they are getting harder and harder to find and appear to be so fragile. So instead, I find myself reconstructing era dresses using modern or reproduction fabrics that make it easy to wear it on tour and then throw it into the wash without fear of destroying them. I participated in my first fashion judging event in 2008 and found the experience to be positive ... well worth the nervousness of the day, and jumping into the unknown world of being judged. I have since been certified as a MAFCA fashion judge and have expanded my era fashion knowledge. Nevertheless, I have yet to determine if being an entrant gets easier the more you do it!
I am grateful to all the men and women who have worked so tirelessly before me, continuously upgrading and developing the fashion component of this hobby. My hope is that I can contribute insight and common sense into the issues, questions, and ideas that revolve around the fashion judging experience and fashions from the Model A era in today’s arena. I am excited to participate as a member of the Era Fashion Committee for the next term!
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