History center opens fashion exhibit May 1

“Clothing the County: Fashion for Every Occasion,” the newest exhibit at the Anoka County History Center, opens Tuesday, May 1 at 7 p.m.

This pink taffeta was worn for a Junior-Senior Banquet at Anoka High School in the 1930s. Submitted photo

This pink taffeta was worn for a Junior-Senior Banquet at Anoka High School in the 1930s. Submitted photo

“Clothing the County” is an exhibition of clothing from the permanent collections of the Anoka County Historical Society and will feature more than two dozen dresses, gowns, uniforms and more.

This exhibit examines the history of fashion including trendy society to working clothing.

On opening night, strolling models dressed in period clothing will be available to discuss fashion trends for women in earlier times.

“During the 16th and 17th centuries, you could tell the trade of an Englishman by the color of his apron,” said Elaine Koehn, volunteer coordinator, Anoka County Historical Society.

“The idea of gender specific clothing for young children did not begin until just before World War 1 (1917) and the first woman to be shown pregnant on TV was Lucille Ball in the 1950s.

“These are just a few examples of the history of the clothing on exhibit. These are just a few of the themes that will be explored in the exhibit.”

The exhibit is free on opening night May 1 and on the first Tuesday of every month.

The history center is also open Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

There is an admission charge of $3 for adults and $2 for children ages six-17 with reduced prices for groups of 15 or more of $2.50 for adults and $1.50 for children ages six-17.

Admission is free to historical society members and children under six.

The Anoka County History Center and Library is located at 2135 Third Ave. N. in Anoka.

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