Fashion Archives and Museum invites you to tea

JudyArticleThe Fashion Archives and Museum (FA&M) is pleased to invite you to an afternoon tea featuring the “Tea Lady,” Judy Larkin, on Nov. 9 at 2 p.m. Her lecture, "The Fine Art of Tea," will explore the current exhibit "Through the Lens of the Beholder: The Fine Art of Fashion," which features garments and accessories from the 1830s through today, including items by famous designers such as Chanel, Fath, Scaasi, and Dior. Guests are encouraged to wear vintage items and hats from their own wardrobes.

Larkin, a native of Manchester, England, is one of only a handful of people in the world who have earned the title "certified tea specialist" from the Tea Association of the USA. She has been a member of trade delegations to Sri Lanka, India, China and Nepal where it was possible to study tea cultivation in the world's top producing nations. She has crossed three oceans and 26 countries on four continents in her continuous quest to learn more about the world of tea. Not satisfied merely with learning about the cultivation and production of tea, she has studied its history, as well as the etiquette, superstitions and customs surrounding the consumption of this beverage worldwide.

Acclaimed for sharing her vast knowledge with a touch of humor, her students have ranged from the elegant clientele of the Boston Park Plaza Hotel to elementary school children and even inmates in the Virginia Prison System. In 1994, she was named "Woman of the Year in Prince William County, Va." for her continuing efforts to improve the status and quality of life for women. Educated in Europe, she graduated from Burleigh College in Manchester, England, and the Alliance Française in Paris, France.

Registration is required. Space is limited, and registrations will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants will receive a confirmation e-mail. Please contact or call (717) 477-1239 with any further questions.