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Rivalry Between Cars and Fashion (VID)

There is a fashion style component to the Concours d'Elegance that exposes a sibling rivalry between automobile and woman.

Fashion Favorites from Long Ago

With preparations in full swing for this year’s Shrimp Festival Celebrations, we went through our video files and archives to make sure there were enough stories to publish while we SearchAmelians are joining the crowds in the streets of Fernandina Beach.

The video below tells a fashion story about another great event we celebrate annually, the “Concours d’Elegance, which attracted more than 18, 000 visitors this year on Sunday alone, while the Saturday auction in the Ritz Carlton brought in over $19 million in sales.

TJ has fond memories of sitting in the original Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Dutch automaker’s Spyker Sports Car, the same as Jennifer Lopez owns.

Tying classic cars to their era of fashion gives an interesting insight in how women in particular had to be careful with wardrobe decision, since many of these beauties were styled by men who apparently had no consideration for skirts and ensembles. This undoubtedly led to women turning more and more to pants when traveling or negotiating the hurdles of getting in and out of cars.

Another observation is the great material ingenuity that lived among automobile makers once the combustion engine had been invented.

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