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Saturday, May 16 • 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Under Cover- A fashion history of umbrellas and parasols

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The history of sunshades goes back thousands of years, but it was during the Italian Renaissance of the 16th century that umbrellas and parasols were introduced to Europe. During the 1700s parasols had already evolved into a woman’s fashion item, designed and decorated to match each promenade dress or walking suit.
At the beginning of Queen Victoria’s reign the parasols were quite plain, but by about 1850 tassels and frills grew in popularity. In each ensuing year the adornments became more ostentatious. If a dress had bows or flounces, the parasol could be adorned with the same decoration.

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Mark P. Donnelly

Canes Enable
Purveyors of Unique and Antique Walking Sticks, Canes, Cudgels, Umbrellas, Parasols, Brollies, Gamps, Bumbershoots, and En Tout Cas as well as antique accessories and oddities for discerning Ladies and Gentlemen.

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Saturday May 16, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Salon E Radisson