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A 1930s Timeless Black Dress Still Stuns Today
1/13/21 (Wed)

A 1930s Timeless Black Dress Still Stuns Today

Every woman seems to search for that timeless black dress that looks fabulous and helps them feel fabulous, that they can wear for years and it will never go out of style. Fortunately for Donna Weinrebe of Minot, in 1936 she found that elusive dress.

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The Nitty-gritty of Nostalgia
1/07/21 (Thu)

The Nitty-gritty of Nostalgia

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.

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Dressing the Mannequin
12/31/20 (Thu)

Dressing the Mannequin

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.

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Once a Bennie, Always a Bennie
12/21/20 (Mon)

Once a Bennie, Always a Bennie

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.

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Upcoming Fashion Exhibit Includes Objects from the Jewish Faith
12/09/20 (Wed)

Upcoming Fashion Exhibit Includes Objects from the Jewish Faith

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. 

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1920s Fashion in the Governor's Mansion
12/04/20 (Fri)

1920s Fashion in the Governor's Mansion

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!

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Hats and Hunting: Fashion and Feathers in Our Museum Collection
11/24/20 (Tue)

Hats and Hunting: Fashion and Feathers in Our Museum Collection

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.

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Western Symbols Tell Stories of Cattle Culture
11/19/20 (Thu)

Western Symbols Tell Stories of Cattle Culture

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.

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Sisters Help Us Properly Dress Our Nun
11/12/20 (Thu)

Sisters Help Us Properly Dress Our Nun

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.

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Remembering A. Kirk Lanterman
11/02/20 (Mon)

Remembering A. Kirk Lanterman

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.

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