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It's finally spring and women's fashion shows are blooming along with the lilacs and tulips. But the Utah-California Women organization is cultivating an unusual hybrid this year called "Sagebrush and Satin." The event is scheduled for noon Saturday, May 11, at the Little America Hotel in Salt Lake City.

This extravaganza will feature ZCMI models wearing fashion's latest trends. Sharing the ramp will be some famous "surprise" models decked out in Utah centennial wear circa 1896 from the collection of Carma de Jong Ander-son.A noted LDS historical costumer, Anderson created costumes for such events as the Etruscan exhibit at the BYU Museum of Fine Arts and for exhibits at the LDS visitors center. She will present her collection of Gay '90s swimwear (no need for sunblock in these modest suits), children's wear, bridal attire, underclothing and authentic historical pioneer clothing.

DeLonne Bluth, 1995 Miss Provo, donned a pale blue wool formal cloak from Anderson's collection for a Deseret News photo. The cloak was made in Austria in the late 19th century and worn to some of the grand balls of the Hapsburgs in Vienna. The Pia family brought the cloak to the United States when they came as Italian/Austrian converts to the LDS Church. They donated the cloak to the Costume Institute of Utah in Provo, where Anderson serves as director.

Joining Bluth in the photo is Special Olympian Nichole Paskett from Lehi. The Utah Special Olympics is the designated philanthropy of Utah-California Women, and the non-profit organization will receive all funds raised during the luncheon and fashion show. The upcoming Special Olympic Summer Games will be held at BYU from May 30 through June 1.

The Utah-California Women was founded some 50 years ago in California, where women from Utah met to renew associations. As the women have returned to the Beehive State in recent years, the organization has continued with friendships and support for the Utah Special Olympics.

Tickets for the luncheon and fashion show are $23 and will include entrance to the extensive boutique as well as eligibility for door prizes and a special grand prize from European Classics Furniture. For reservations contact Shauna Ogden at (801) 373-2070.