Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites

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Hair Fashion Show

Experience Victorian elegance with a contemporary twist at this runway fashion show featuring dramatic Victorian-inspired hairstyles paired with modern fashion for an elegant evening!

Presented in conjunction with HairWork: Relics of Remembrance, the 2nd largest collection of human hairwork on display in the country.

Thank you to everyone who joined us at the Hair Fashion Show on Thursday, August 24, 2017.

A special thank you to all of our collaborators and models - we couldn't have done it without you!

Photo courtesy of www.FigBethlehem.com

Be amazed by dramatic Victorian-inspired hairstyles and contemporary clothing at this runway fashion show!

Enjoy custom cocktails, wine, and hors d'oeuvres as you experience the event of the summer.

Cost: $75 for Members; $85 for Non-Members

Jennifer Porrata

Don't miss seeing these local celebrity models working the Kemerer runway with their own Victorian-inspired hairstyles:

  • Radio Personality Bobby Gunther Walsh
  • WFMZ News Reporter Alexandra Hogan
  • Founder of Lehigh Valley Underground Gerard Longo
  • Former Mrs. New Jersey Jennifer Porrata

Each of these celebrities and our other models will be showcasing their dramatic dos in chic contemporary ensembles created by regional fashion designers.

Bobby Gunther Walsh
Bobby Gunther Walsh
Alexandra Hogan
Alexandra Hogan
Gerard Longo
Gerard Longo
Hairstyles were created and styled by:
The entire outfit that the models are wearing is being coordinated by Alana Kuwabara from Weardrobe by Alana.
For the women models, their clothing is from:
  • Sophireatressan independent clothing designer from Philadelphia
  • AM Luxe, a high-end brand store right here in Bethlehem.
The men's clothing is from:
  • Assembly 88, a business owned and operated in Allentown by Santo Napoli.
Be transported back in time through music from members of the Divine Hand Ensemble who will be providing period appropriate music throughout the show.
The Divine Hand Ensemble is led by Mano Divina who is a professional concert thereminist. The group performs classical compositions, chamber music, opera arias, and sacred choral music.
This group has played internationally for audiences, including the Pope.
Don't miss your chance to hear this 
world-renowned group perform a concert at this one of a kind event! 
Enjoy custom cocktails inspired by the Victorian Era from The Bookstore Speakeasy.
Women used curling tongs, or what we call curling irons, as well as clip-on hair, or hair extensions, to achieve the elaborate hairstyles that the Victorian era is known for!
Because women wanted as much volume as possible to best display the ringlets and heavy plaits that were extremely popular at the time, clip-on hair was invented in 1865 so they could use it obtain the desired height.

Another popular trend was to thread silk flowers and ribbon through women's hair.

As for the men, they wore their hair moderately long, with it trimmed higher in the back, and sported a creative range of facial hair that was all the rage!
See how regional stylists incorporated and transformed all of these Victorian trends at the Hair Fashion Show!
Take in the wonderful smell of the centerpieces and floral arrangementscalled Tussy Mussies carried by the models provided by Indigo Blooms and Allium Floral Design.
What's a tussy mussy? Made popular during the Victorian times by none other than Queen Victoria, they are floral arrangements that sometimes held special meaning.
They were also used to relay silent messages,oftentimes between lovers. In fact, each type and color of flower had a specific meaning which would be sent and then there would be a flower or arrangement returned to the sender.


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