LaRee Johnson presents "Foundation of Fashion" exploring changing roles and images of women through period undergarments from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 16 at Rosebriar Inn Bed & Breakfast, 636 14th St.

Presented during Women's History Month at the historic Rosebriar Hotel in this presentation illustrates the image and role of women over the past 150 years as reflected in their fashion. The fashion silhouette, shaped by those garments rarely seen and never mentioned, tells a story of women, their constraints, their responsibilities and their fight for freedom. The presentation will explore how women's fashion changed as they gained the freedom to vote, found equality in sports and employment and throughout other social changes occurring in each decade.

This event will be a show-and-tell of corsetry, crinolines and - adding a little here, subtracting a little there.

The afternoon will begin at 2 p.m. with a tea and light refreshments that include sandwiches, fruit, cheese and dainty desserts. Johnson will begin her hour-long presentation at 2:30 p.m. Drawing upon her knowledge of women's history and vintage clothing, the local writer and part-time CCC instructor will feature models wearing authentic period clothing to illustrate her talk.

Johnson will be available after her presentation for questions and a book signing for "Ladies' Vintage Accessories." See the book online at

Admission is $10 for adults and $6 for students. Price includes afternoon tea with refreshments. There are no group rates for this event. Tickets are on sale at CCC Library, Rosebriar Hotel and Old Town Framing in Astoria, or call (503) 338-2473 for credit card reservations.

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