RetroRama celebrates vintage fashion

JAHNA PELOQUIN | Updated 5/20/2013

REVIEW: Minnesotans celebrated their love of vintage and local heritage at the eighth installment of RetroRama.


Look by Sarah M. Holm

[Look by Sarah M. Holm]

Minnesotans sure love their heritage.


This fact was on prominent display last Friday at the Minnesota History Center’s annual RetroRama, a stylish soiree that combines Minnesotans’ love of local history and the still-going-strong trends of all things retro, from vintage dressing to classic cocktails and mid-century modern interiors. Now in its eighth installment, the event is as popular as ever. Throughout the night, guests took in retro games and old-timey live music from Mustache Jim and the Straight Razors, sipped on classic cocktails and shopping in pop-up shops from Blacklist Vintage, the Spectacle Shoppe and others.


As usual, the highlight of the event is its fashion show. This year, it spotlighted the trappings of Minnesota living during its warmer months -- northwoods cabin trips, camping, hunting and fishing, and other outdoorsy activities -- with a stylish angle. Amidst a backdrop that included a handmade, antique canoe and woodsy decor, looks from five local designers, two a piece, walked through the auditorium, presented show-and-tell style.


Sarah M. Holm’s looks, rendered in hardy wool and leather, took inspiration from vintage bicycling outfits with a modern twist: a gathered skirt took the pleated design of vintage bicycling skirts and adapted it with strategically-placed gathers, as to avoid getting tangled up in the spokes.



[Looks by Sarah M. Holm]


Kerry Riley, formerly of Red Shoe Clothing Co., recently rebranded her line as Needle & Black, with an increased focus on leatherworking -- something that was apparent in her male and female looks for RetroRama. The women’s look featured a hand-tooled holster bag paired with an elegantly-cut full-length skirt, while she showed off her tailoring skills with a pair of raw denim jeans worn by a male model, shown with a pair of trim leather suspenders.