Harris Co. Hosts Fashion Show at Redlands Liberty Cinema – Redlands Daily Facts

The Spring Fashion Show held March 10-11, 1922 at the Liberty Theater in Redlands was presented after screenings of ‘The Lotus Eater’ starring John Barrymore. This is part of the Liberty Theater advert which ran on March 11, 1922 in the Redlands Daily Facts. (Redlands Daily Facts)

March 9, 1922

Fashion magazine at Liberty

Not a little interest is centered on the major fashion magazine scheduled to premiere tomorrow and Saturday night at the Liberty Theater through the combined efforts of the Harris Company and several other concerns, including Bennetts’, Lownes, Reid & Co., the town nurseries and the Southwest Electric Company.

The theater is to be elaborately decorated with ferns and flowers from the town nursery, and special lighting effects are arranged by the men of Southwest Electric.

Men are also to have a part in the walk and not only will women’s dresses and gowns be featured, but the latest in menswear will be on display on models, with the Reid store supplying suits, coats, hats etc Miss Ruth Perst of San Bernardino will give a program of toe dancing and the evening will end with a final review of a formal wedding in the afternoon. A special stage is planned for the show.

The fashion review will take place at 8:45 a.m., after the photo “The Lotus Eater”, with John Barrymore. There will be only one exam each evening.

March 10, 1922

The flu epidemic seems to be improving

Reports show that the flu epidemic is showing some slowdown. There are a number of new cases being reported every day, but not as many as a week or two ago. There are several people now seriously ill with pneumonia from the flu, but all are said to have a good chance of recovery.

Due to the large number of cases, hospitals in Redlands, County Hospital and hospitals in San Bernardino are packed. No nurses are available here and those affected by the epidemic are forced to depend on their relatives to care for them during the illness.

All the doctors say that this year’s epidemic is not as bad as three years ago, because there are very few cases where pneumonia develops.

There is some improvement in the schools, although between two and three hundred are absent each day. Superintendent Clement says a lot of people are keeping their kids out of school when they’re not sick.

The Harris Company, which had stores in Redlands and San Bernardino, sponsored a spring fashion show with the help of several other companies on March 10–11, 1922 at the Liberty Theater in Redlands. This advertisement for the show was published on March 10, 1922 in the Redlands Daily Facts. (Redlands Daily Facts)

March 11, 1922

Style review at Liberty

What spring brings to ‘my lady’ witnessed a spellbound audience at the Liberty Theater last night when several stores in town staged a style review, or better still, a ‘costume contest’. Charming, gorgeous, wonderful; words cannot describe the dresses and hats that were displayed last night, and as the models appeared on stage and paraded down the aisle, one marveled at their sheer number and beauty. The review will be given again this evening at 8:30 p.m.

The stage was decorated with ferns and flowers by the City Nursery and the colored lights that were thrown on the costumes were arranged by the Southwest Electric Company and greatly added to the overall effect.

The lovely young ladies who displayed the gowns and gowns were Misses Millicent Long, Elizabeth Smith, Bess Morse, Gladys Lanphier, Imogene Sherrard, Merle Richardson and little Audrey Wagner, of Redlands, Ruby Alverson, Ruth Perst, Edna Schmidt, Mrs. AE Alverson and little Hope Anker of San Bernardino.

ED Reid & Co. provided men’s suits, coats and hats for the Spring Fashion Show held on 10 and 11 March 1922 at the Liberty Theater in Redlands. This advertisement was published on March 10, 1922 in the Redlands Daily Facts. (Redlands Daily Facts)

The men also took part in last night’s style review, with Orland Fowler, Alex McNeur, Edward England and Vance Ford appearing in the latest men’s suits, coats and accessories, on loan from the ED Reid & Company boutique.

The dresses, for all occasions, evening, afternoon, street and sports wear, and the magnificent shawls came from the stock of the Harris Company, that firm having sponsored and completed the arrangements for yesterday’s review evening. Although simplicity is the general note this spring, pearls should have their place and should be used in abundance, as evidenced by the shimmering embellishments displayed on dresses under bright lights.

Due to the rainy weather in the past, spring hats didn’t make an appearance as early this season as in previous years, but the public last night had a chance to see exactly what to wear. Because with each costume was worn a chic hat from the Lownes store. The shoes worn were from Bennetts’ Bootery.

One of the delightful features of the evening was the toe dancing group of Miss Ruth Perst of San Bernardino, who has already entertained Redlands audiences with her talent. She wore a charming black net and satin costume.

The review ended with a wedding party that formed behind the curtains and proceeded down the aisle to the back of the theater. Miss Imogene Sherrard was the very beautiful bride and her brother, Orville Sherrard, acted as the groom. The six bridesmaids wore delicate organdy and silk dresses in pastel shades and the little flower girl, Audrey Wagner, wore a pretty pale blue dress. The young men, as ushers, completed the wedding.


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