Wednesday, May 12, 2010

RetroRama 2010 preview

Once again, the Minnesota Historical Society's annual fashion-infused event RetroRama is returning to the grounds of the Minnesota History Center. The MNfashion-produced show is one of my favorite events to style every year, as it gives me the chance to delve deeper into retro style inspiration and explore how it affects modern fashion. (I'm lead stylist for the show.)

As usual, a crop of some of the most exquisite local fashion designers known for incorporating retro style inspiration will showcase one fantastic piece inspired by a decade from the 20th century. This year's designers include Ivan Idland (1920s), Joy Teiken of Joynoelle (1930s), George Moskal (1940s), Max Lohrbach (1950s), and Kerry Riley of Red Shoe Clothing Co. (1960s). Each took a particular leisure activity popular in the decade as a point of inspiration. Here's the designer's sketches to give you a glimpse into what to expect at Thursday's show:

Ivan Idland's coat and dress are inspired by the flapper style of the 1920s.

Joy Teiken's gown is inspired by 1930s Old Hollywood glamour.

George Moskal's jumper and jacket are inspired by beach styles of the 1940s.

Max Lohrbach's tulle and plastic gown is inspired by 1950s promwear, record albums and clear plastic-covered purses.

Kerry Riley's 1960s look is inspired by shapewear and sleepwear. (Think underwear as outerwear.)

More on RetroRama:

Guests can also pick up retro accessories at the Minnesota History Center stores, and unearth unique finds at vintage boutiques, courtesy of Blacklist Vintage, Spectacle Shoppe, and Spinario Design.

Belt out favorite oldies with Joel Stitzel in the karaoke lounge, and make throwback specs, courtesy of the Spectacle Shoppe. Who knows more about specs than Ben Franklin? Learn about the man who invented bi-focals in the History Center exhibit “Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World.” Visit with chef Dan Ritter as he shares a few tips on mid century cuisine and bartender Ryan Eklund from Psycho Suzi’s Motor Lounge and Tiki Garden will be on hand to demonstrate a few delicious cocktail recipes. Members of Dark Dark Dark provide a musical backdrop to the evening.

Vintage attire is encouraged. For inspiration, visit and check out past RetroRama evenings with an online video showcasing some of the most fashion-forward vintage looks. Plus, explore a timeline of fashion history from the 1920s through the 1960s.

RetroRama is May 13, from 7 to 11 p.m. The fee is $15 or $12 for Minnesota Historical Society members. Parking is $5. Cash bars will be available and snacks can be purchased. Advanced tickets are recommended; for more information, call 651-259-3015 or purchase tickets online at

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