Minneapolis is paying much attention to this trend. The Guthrie Theater's latest production, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, filters Shakespeare through the style and feel of the '50s. There is a pompadoured crooner in a skinny suit, a '50s-style television set where the show is "taped" and broadcast on two big screens, and ladies in head-to-toe matching ensembles. My favorite is a look worn by leading lady Silvia, consisting of a blue-and-white dress trimmed in red polka-dot fabric, worn with perfectly-matched red polka-dot gloves and shoes.
More fabulous '50s ensembles from the production:
In other '50s-related events, the Minnesota Historical Society is presenting a three-part series on popular culture in the postwar years of the 1950s and the '60s. "History of Hip: The Big Pitch: Advertising in the '50s'" looks at Post-World War II America and its newly booming economy and newfound spending power. This lecture series explores the legacy left by this era of advertising includes perspectives from University of Minnesota faculty Melissa Williams and Carmichael Lynch founder Lee Lynch. (7:30-9 p.m. Tue. $6. 21+. Turf Club’s Clown Lounge, 1601 University Av. W., St. Paul. 651-259-3015.)
And finally, RetroRama is once again happening at the Minnesota History Center on May 21. The fourth edition of the Minnesota Historical Society’s exploration of retro style steps somewhat away from the ‘50s to include four other stylish decades of American fashion. This year’s local designers who reimagine looks of the past include Max Lohrbach (1920s), Ivan Idland (1930s), TBD (1940s), Calpurnia Peach (1950s), and Sarah Holm (1960s).