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Fashion Trends and Issues of the mid-1800s to the 1920s

Date: Sep 13th, 2012

Bringing Local History to Life:

Fashion Trends and Issues of the mid-1800s to the 1920s

What was life like when you couldn’t just go to the mall to shop when you needed a new outfit?  Come to the Rum River Library on Saturday, October 13th at 2:00 pm for a look at the history of fashion.

“Like music, the clothing of a time period reflects our values, activities and station in life,” said Anoka County Commissioner Robyn West.  “This is sure to be an eye-opening presentation.”

See the history of clothing worn in the mid to late19th century, following fashions from the sewing machine to ready-made clothing that came through the mail order catalog.  Learn how politics, society and etiquette influenced why people dressed the way they did.  Period clothing is featured, allowing guests to see a slat bonnet and to feel how stiff corset boning really was.  This program is presented by a fashionably dressed woman of 1860, reflecting the era of Minnesota statehood and one of the most recognizable fashion periods of American history. 

“Clothing can tell a story,” said Library Board Vice President Cathy Montain.  “By exploring how people in the past dressed, we can understand more about their lives.”

The Rum River Library is located at 4201 6th Avenue in Anoka.  This program is free and open to the public, but seating may be limited.  The program is a presented by the Anoka County Historical Society, sponsored by the Anoka County Library, and funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. 

For more information about this and other library programs, call 763-576-4695.