April 2013 Crossroads Lecture

“Pioneer Clothing in Washington County”
April 17, 2013 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Our history tells us something about the men and women who settled the Tualatin Plains, but not much about what they wore. In those early days of American settlement in Oregon, there were not too many photographers or artists to capture their images. Kay Demlow, fashion historian and owner of Lavender’s Green Historic Clothing, will share her research with us, giving us a picture of the men, women and children of Oregon’s early days. She will show images of typical clothing during the decades from early settlement until just before the arrival of the railroad.

About the Speaker

WEBKay Demlow created Lavender’s Green Historic Clothing in 1991 in Hillsboro Oregon to bring the romance and beauty of the past to people living today.  She is the company’s owner, researcher, clothing designer and primary dressmaker. Through the business she designs and creates custom garments for museum docents, Civil War reenactors, and Living History participants in the United States and Canada.  Demlow specializes in civilian clothing of the 19th and early 20th centuries.

She has created authentic reproduction clothing for historic plays and pageants, Oregon Trail wagon train travelers, historic sites, theater groups, weddings, and living history demonstrations. In addition she offers fashion history talks, replica clothing workshops, clothing construction classes and historic fashion shows.

Demlow is active in many historical groups. She is president of the Hillsboro Historical Society and a member of the Washington County Museum’s History Roundtable, the Association of Living History Farms and Agricultural Museums, Friends of Historic Champoeg, Friends of Historic Forest Grove, Historic Preservation League of Oregon and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Demlow and her family reenact Civil War events as members of the Northwest Civil War Council, and participate in the Oregon Regency Society. She not only studies and sews 19th century clothes; she wears them at historic events throughout the year.