The dress forms, mannequins, and garments featured in Fashion & Function: North Dakota Style make up only half of the gallery installation. The exhibition also includes a significant number of historical images drawn from the State Archives and contributed from other sources.
The process of dressing a mannequin is a lot more complicated than simply slipping an outfit on a dress form. Padding, chopping, trimming, or a host of alterations might be involved.
When this dress from the early 1900s was pulled for the upcoming Fashion and Function: North Dakota Style exhibit, Assistant Curator Lori Nohner found she had a personal connection to the lacy cotton gown.
The upcoming Fashion and Function: North Dakota Style exhibit includes a section about faith. Included four items from Temple B’ne Ephraim, formerly located on North Fifth Street in Bismarck. The agency collected these items from the temple in 1979 before it closed.
Stunning inaugural gowns worn by First Lady Grace Sorlie in the 1920s show the decade’s dramatic shift to a more carefree women’s style. Farewell, corsets! Hello, flapper dresses!
The long-tailed pheasant was first introduced to southern North Dakota in 1917. At that time, pheasant feathers were becoming popular accessories in the millinery industry, and feathered hats were in demand as haute couture for the wealthy.
Our upcoming Fashion & Function: North Dakota Style exhibit squeezes quite a collection of stories into the 5,000-square-foot Governors Gallery. One of those stories involves a military scout's buckskin suit.
Preparing one outfit for the upcoming Fashion & Function: North Dakota Style exhibit was beyond our expertise. To dress a mannequin in a Benedictine sister’s habit, we had to call in some experts.
Today I think of A. Kirk Lanterman who we lost a year ago. The State Historical Society of North Dakota and its Foundation miss him, a great friend. He never forgot North Dakota and we will never forget what he and his wife, Janet, did for education and tourism in North Dakota.