Ye Olde Fashion Runway

People will strut in their 1900-era finery at Heritage Square.

There are a few places in Los Angeles where, if you chose to, you could show up in a period dress and period jewelry and nobody would raise an eyebrow, much less hardly notice.

Bettie Page shifts are still seen with charming regularity around Silver Lake. A orange-neon 1960s bikini would not be out of place at the Annenberg Community Beach House.

And a bustle, Gibson Girl gown, and exquisite cameo placed just so at the throat? If you donned all that and made for Heritage Square any weekend of the month, you'd probably get a few friendly nods and the occasional high five.

But that's nearly the dress code come the landmark area's fashion show weekend. The Vintage Fashion Show and Tea is happening on Saturday, March 31 and both the models in period dress and the attendees sipping at hot beverages will be decked out in the trends and styles of a certain "Downton Abbey"-esque era.

The 110-close historic building park existed long before the recent television phenomenon, of course, but count on lovers of Lady Grantham's elegance turning out at the tea in their lacy-shawl'd best.

A ticket is $20; the hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The tea and fashion show also herald the opening of the "Period Fashions Go to the Movies" exhibit. If you can't make March 31, but you love your vintage, make time to see it this spring.

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