The program was called “Making Fashions: A Historical Fashion Show. The show was held at Turner Hall and featured clothing and accessories from yesteryear.
After a special luncheon, guests were treated to a fashion show featuring 30 different looks designed by nine volunteers.
Lisa Bessemer served as emcee of the ceremony, introducing each historic fashion collection.
Bessemer opened the show by telling the story of her grandmother, Helen Brust, who loved to shop at stores in New Ulm.
“Marketing was a social event.” Besmer said. It was not common for women to wear clothes to go shopping. In honor of her grandmother, Bessemer wore a dress similar to the one she wore in the 1950s. The fashion show was a way to remember all the women of fashion.
As it was a big decade in fashion, the show opened with several models wearing fashion from the 1960s. 60s looks include a yellow dress summer dress, plum 1960s velor pants and a 1965 hot pink dress with a pencil skirt. Jenny Eckstein She showed off a 1960s Berkshire sleeveless polyester knit dress.
Later in the show, a 1960s mother’s top was modeled. The dress style originated in the 1950s. According to Bessemer, it became acceptable for women to be in public during the later trimesters of pregnancy.
Model Karen King wears a 1960s shift dress. Shift dresses became popular in the 1920s but were revived in the 1960s. Bessemer dresses look great on tall women like King.
Michelle Junie Seifert wears a 1960s black and white houndstooth coat dress. The dress is like a “go-go” Clothes usually worn with Go-Go boots.
The scene goes back to 1926 with a semi-skirted, floor-length blue dress worn by Lauren McMakin. The dress was originally a Marguerite Fander Runk for her senior spring dance at New Ulm High School.
Donna Wing In the late 1930s, she modeled the flapper dress with a matching headband. The dress was handmade. Wing modeled a series of 1940s dresses, including a short-sleeved polyester black dress and a 1940s blue velvet wedding dress. The velvet wedding dress had an impact on the audience. It was unusual to see blue wedding dresses. Bessemer said it was a very common color for the bride’s dress. The velvet material helped brides stay warm during the cold season wedding.
The event created a wave of nostalgia for many in the audience as it showcased several vintage school uniforms. King is dressed in his Cathedral High School uniform of woolen blazer, tweed trousers and matching vest. The Selex alternative was introduced in the late 1960s.
Later, King wrote in the early 60s that NUHS girls were required to dress up for gym class. Bessemer said the women who had to wear the dress don’t remember it vividly.
Model Christine Runk later showed off a 1927 Mankato Teachers College basketball uniform. The dress was worn by Marguerite Pfander on the basketball team. His uniform consisted of embroidered woolen shorts, but from a distance it looked like a dress.
Model Misty DeLeo In 1958, he surprised everyone by modeling the main uniform model. The dress was originally worn by Patricia “Patsy” Glassman, who was a vocalist at New Ulm High School. Patsy went on to become the National Baton Twirling Champion. Patsy attends a fashion show and receives a standing ovation from the audience.
Misty DeLeo wears a 1950s forest green Bettie Page dress with an empire waist. The dress comes from DiLeo’s own collection.
Jeanne Kretsch later modeled the classic poodle dress. The poodle dress style was popular with teenage girls in the 50s, worn for dancing and as everyday wear.
Jeanne Kretsch wore a floral print jumpsuit with matching jacket. The dress is from Herberger’s in the 1970s.
McMahon in 2010 In 1975 he wore a jumper with a peach skirt and a Peter Pan collar. In addition to modeling, the dress belongs to Christine Runk, who worked as an OB nurse and was one of the first women on the Milford Town Board.
In the year In the 1970s, a peach coat dress with high neck, lapels and a scarf was worn by King. The modern coat skirt first appeared in the 1910s but has remained a staple for decades.
Sarah Warmka She modeled a 1970s floral shirt dress with a matching fabric belt and buckled fringe accents. Bessemer commented that it was the perfect fall outfit. Warmka later modeled a 1989 navy blue military-style dress with fur trim.
Seifert wore a red and gray polka-dot dress specially ordered from the JC Penny catalog. The dress is owned by BCHS Research Librarian Darla Gebhard, who wore it to the 1986 dedication of the Brown County Historical Society’s new museum.
A 1990s silk beige jacket and skirt were the most modern outfits on the show. Bessemer said that by the end of the 20th century, fashion was moving towards a minimalist and informal style.
The event ended on a high note with a 1940s satin wedding dress worn by Misty De Leo. The dress features puffed sleeves, beaded shoulders, a ruffled back and a chapel length train. The dress belongs to Flavia DeLeo, DeLeo’s grandmother.
In closing the show, Bessemer reminded the audience that it’s still fashionable to wear white pants, shoes or bags before Memorial Day.