Fashion’s Cutting Edge – Elizabethan Style

Nov 2, 2015 | 3 comments

Hilltop Auditorium 9:00 a.m. Friday, November 6th

Hilltop Auditorium 9:00 a.m. Friday, November 6th

I’m a sucker for Living History programs. I loved every minute of my visit to Williamsburg years ago. Ditto Sturbridge in Massachusetts, Jacksonville in Oregon and Bunratty Castle in Ireland. I love to experience “first hand” how people long ago talked and ate and clothed themselves to say nothing of how they thought and what they deemed important. Plus, I greatly admire the dedication and attention to detail by the actors who bring the past to life for us.

So it is that I am looking forward to a program called “From the Streets of Shakespeare to the Court of Elizabeth” that will be presented at Hilltop Auditorium this Friday at 9:00 a.m. Billed as a program suitable for all ages, “it has been given as a general history lecture to younger students, a cultural background lecture for Shakespearean students, and as a clothing lecture for costume and design students.” This Friday’s presentation will be for the students at Hilltop and the public is invited, free of charge!

According to the description in the flyer I was given: Tames Alan is an actress, historian and fashion history teacher who has combined her skills to create an education lecture for people of all ages. In this lecture she first appears in an authentic lower-class Elizabethan costume and talks about the life, times, fabrics, and dyes of the period.

Tames Alan at the Oregon Shakespeare Fesstival Green Show, 2014

Tames Alan at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival Green Show, 2014

After a question and answer period, she changes into an authentic, 62-piece Elizabethan court costume with full makeup, assisted by one or two members of the audience. As she dresses, she describes each piece of clothing and its significance. Once fully dressed in court costume, Tames describes the life and time in Elizabeth’s court, then answers questions from the audience.

Several years ago, we saw Ms. Alan present her “Trial by Fork: Formal Victorian Dining Demystified” at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum.  It was wonderful and this one promises to be even better!  I can’t wait! Hope to see some of you history buffs there!


  1. Vicki Carter

    Where is Hilltop Auditorium?

    • sydney

      At Hilltop School (the Middle School) in Ilwaco –442 Brumbach Street.

  2. Louise Labby Carroll

    Sounds absolutely fabulous. Too bad I’m in Portland. I’ll have to research her more, find her whereabouts.


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