Robert Koehler American, 1850-1917 Rainy Evening on Hennepin Avenue, c. 1902 Oil on canvas Gift by subscription in honor of the artist 25.403

The Art of High Style: Minnesota Couture 1880–1914

May 16, 2019 - August 4, 2019
Cargill Gallery
Free Exhibition

Explore Minnesota’s little-known historic couture fashion industry and learn about the female artisans who led it. Minneapolis and St. Paul designers had strong ties with metropolitan Europe, particularly Paris and London, with respect to training, design trends, and fashion fabrics. Minnesota’s couturières satisfied more than just vanity; they offered proof that a refined lifestyle was possible in a young, developing state. Featured in this installation will be historic dress from the Minnesota Historical Society collection—most never displayed before—set in context with paintings and works on paper from Mia’s collection.