Historical fashion show

Anoka County’s Rum River Library will present a history of fashion from the mid-1880s to the 1920s Saturday, Oct. 13, 2 p.m.

“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.”

The history of clothing worn in the mid to late 19th century will be presented, 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 will be featured, allowing people 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 Anoka County 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 Sixth Ave. in Anoka.

This program is free and open to the public, but seating may be limited.

It 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 or visit a local Anoka County Library or the website at www.anokacountylibrary.org.