My mother has told me I was born in the wrong era. I probably was—all the clothing I love best was made in the late ’50s and early ’60s. One of my happy places is shopping vintage clothing and goods on the St. Paul Retro Loop.
So, naturally, I was super excited to attend this year’s RetroRama, hosted by the Minnesota Historical Society. The yearly event features retro snacks (think deviled eggs and pickle roll-ups), vintage shopping (this year provided by Blacklist Vintage), and the vintage fashion show, where local designers re-imagine, design, and otherwise update or modernize vintage looks. I took a few quick snaps (please don’t mind the blurriness, those models did not pause long at the end of the runway).
| Channeling Daisy Buchanan!|
Hemlines are rising—scandalous!
|I love absolutely everything about this look, which included an overcoat and dropped-waist dress designed by Ivan Idland:|
|The vintage glamour of the 1930s… People looked good, even when times were tough:||Joynoelle created this 1930s-inspired stunner (there were audible gasps in the crowd):|
|Ushering in the era of American women’s sportswear:||The sportswear look as designed by George Moskal:|
| Love the volume in the 1950s dresses.|
|Classic ’50s prom dress—covered in plastic, so as to be perfectly preserved. Just like Grandma’s couch! This drew lots of laughs. Designed by Max Lorbach.|
| Well, hello Mrs. Robinson!|
| And here are the pieces as re-imagined|
by Kerry Riley for Red Shoe Clothing: