Fashion Faire Takes Off

Event Lands Unique Finds Near Pan Am Way


     In a world of mass production, finding a vintage fashion piece for some fashionistas is like winning the lottery. The appeal may be in knowing there is history to the item or in an automatic defense against the social faux pas of duplicate outfits. Some modern mavens may simply like the notion of reducing waste in today’s consumption-based society.
     Whatever the case, what’s old is new, and what’s new is so old. And there should be plenty of it at the Alameda Point Vintage Fashion Faire on May 18–19. The fair includes more than 50 booths of retro and vintage clothing, jewelry, textiles and linens, from the Victorian and Deco era to the ’80s.
     And maybe not so coincidentally, it occurs near Alameda Point’s Pan Am Way at a time when the popular television show Pan Am highlights some of the retro fashion that’s all the rage in Hollywood and on the runways. Period shows like Boardwalk Empire and Mad Men have done wonders to open eyes to the past eras when dressing up was an art and thoughtfully assembled.
     But you don’t have to have a fashion stylist to mix interesting vintage pieces with modern clothes for a more contemporary look. Trendsetters, stylists and even costume seekers will be able to search through the Officers Club’s three ballrooms for women and men’s couture clothing, dress patterns and baubles for the perfect conversation piece.
     Show producer Sandra Michaan says to expect a fun-filled costume contest at the same time to encourage event-goers to show off their vintage treasures and win a $100 voucher toward anything at the faire. Something else: Be ready to swing to live music, nibble on good eats by Pacific Fine Foods and sip spirits provided by neighboring St. George Spirits at the Friday night preview and early buy party. What else could a shopper ask for?

Alameda Point Vintage Fashion Faire
It all happens May 18–19 at the Albert H. DeWitt Officers Club, 641 West Red Line Ave. Admission is $10 for the preview and early buy party 6–8 p.m. Friday; that ticket allows re-admittance to the 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturday show. General admission to the Saturday show is $5, but $10 tickets let ticketholders enter an hour earlier, at 10 a.m. The fair is free for those 16 and under. Buy tickets at Brown Paper Tickets,, and at the door; for more information, visit and Facebook.

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