Emily Reynolds Historic Costume Collection

Emily Reynolds Historic Costume Collection The Emily Reynolds Historic Costume Collection (ERHCC) is a repository of material culture focusing on clothing, textiles & related items. The collection serves as a record of life through collection, preservation, and study.

Susan Curtis, Collection Manager FLC 407 P: 701-231-7362 E: [email protected]

Our clothes often hold our memories. Louise Freeman purchased this cotton dress at Sgutt’s Women’s Ready to Wear shop in...
06/30/2020

Our clothes often hold our memories. Louise Freeman purchased this cotton dress at Sgutt’s Women’s Ready to Wear shop in Fargo in 1969 because it reminded her of her trip to Thailand. The elephant is the national animal of Thailand and the dress was made by Design Thai in Bangkok.

A 1960s knit dress in an Arnel/nylon blend. Arnel was the trade name of the triacetate fiber developed by the Celanese C...
05/19/2020

A 1960s knit dress in an Arnel/nylon blend. Arnel was the trade name of the triacetate fiber developed by the Celanese Corporation in America in 1955. Dresses made from triacetate fabric were heralded for their wash and wear properties. The manufacturer of this dress, the Edwin S. Rose Company of Minneapolis, described this dress as “your perfect travel companion.”

Edna Soderstrom of Bowman, North Dakota purchased this dress in the 1960s. Edna and her husband, Stanley, farmed near Griffin, North Dakota and Edna worked for 30 years as a nurse’s aide at St. Lukes’s Tri-State Hospital.

A 1920s evening dress in champagne-colored crushed velvet with teardrop shaped cutouts and beading. The T-back openings ...
05/07/2020

A 1920s evening dress in champagne-colored crushed velvet with teardrop shaped cutouts and beading. The T-back openings are outlined with beading and lined in champagne-colored chiffon.

This dress was worn by Esther Nesmith Breed (1905-1987) who spent one year at Smith College then traveled to Europe. Her family described her as a "flapper girl."

Join in on the 19th Annual Virtual FABO Fashion Show on April 29 and 30.  The students have worked to curate a series of...
04/29/2020

Join in on the 19th Annual Virtual FABO Fashion Show on April 29 and 30. The students have worked to curate a series of posts around the theme of Re: Fashion. The focus of the show is on sustainability in the fashion industry with specific emphasis on vintage/thrift shopping, buying local and remade/reused textiles. The show will take place over two days with a series of posts connected on social media with unique hashtags.

You can follow along on Facebook @ NDSU FABO and on Instagram @ ndsu.fabo

Thank you for supporting our students.

This girl’s A-line coat in navy blue wool with pearlized buttons is from the Emily Reynolds Historic Costume Collection. It was remade from an adult’s coat. Dorothy Novak’s daughter, Teresa, wore it in the late 1960s-early 1970s.

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NDSU graduate Ruth Sanford Reetz made this cotton lace hot pants ensemble in 1973. The shorts and shirt are lined in tan...
04/26/2020

NDSU graduate Ruth Sanford Reetz made this cotton lace hot pants ensemble in 1973. The shorts and shirt are lined in tan fabric and the buttons on the shirt are set with rhinestones. The floor-length vest is unlined and open down the front.

1940s evening gown in rayon crepe. The right shoulder and left waist have self-fabric appliqued shapes embellished with ...
04/23/2020

1940s evening gown in rayon crepe. The right shoulder and left waist have self-fabric appliqued shapes embellished with beading and sequined bobbles.

Want to be comfortable yet stylish while staying at home? Try a caftan. Worn throughout history by many cultures, caftan...
04/10/2020

Want to be comfortable yet stylish while staying at home? Try a caftan. Worn throughout history by many cultures, caftans are constructed of loose fabric joined at the shoulders with holes for the arms and head. In the 1960s, caftans became fashionable in the United States as designers drew multi-cultural inspiration. Pierre Cardin, Yves St. Laurent, and Oscar de la Renta showcased caftans in their runway shows. Celebrities including Jackie Kennedy, Bianca Jagger, and Elizabeth Taylor made it fashionable to wear these comfortable garments in public.

This 1970s caftan in a bright multi-colored floral synthetic fabric is embellished with rhinestones across the bodice and belt. It was worn by donor Sunny Crahan and has a Saks Fifth Avenue label.

03/16/2020

As part of NDSU’s effort to keep our community safe from possible exposure to the coronavirus, the Emily Reynolds Historic Costume Collection will not be offering tours of the collection at this time. We hope to resume tours beginning on Monday, April 6th.

If you have questions or need assistance, please contact the collection staff at [email protected] or 701-231-7362.

A beautiful bonded wool knit dress for a gray winter day.  This circa 1960s dress by Stegari New York has bands of astra...
01/21/2020

A beautiful bonded wool knit dress for a gray winter day. This circa 1960s dress by Stegari New York has bands of astrakhan wool around the collar, cuffs, and down the center front of the bodice. The donor, Patricia Hull Lewis, purchased the dress at the clothing retailer Roy H. Bjorkman in Minneapolis.

We were saddened to learn that Jocelyn Burdick passed away on December 26th at the age of 97. Burdick was the first woma...
12/31/2019

We were saddened to learn that Jocelyn Burdick passed away on December 26th at the age of 97. Burdick was the first woman to represent North Dakota in the U.S. Senate when she was appointed to fill the seat left vacant after her husband, Quentin Burdick, died in 1992. She served in the Senate for only a few months until a special election was held. Burdick was a strong supporter of women’s rights and during her tenure in office she was able to add her name to legislation in support of pay equity and women’s health. We are proud to be able to preserve part of her history in our Women in Politics Collection.

Jocelyn Burdick wore this emerald green silk taffeta evening gown with matching pumps to the Inaugural Ball for President John F. Kennedy on January 20, 1961.

For her final Piece of the Week article of the semester Ellimay Rodriguez-Mujica shares this colorful embroidered dress....
12/23/2019
Piece of the week

For her final Piece of the Week article of the semester Ellimay Rodriguez-Mujica shares this colorful embroidered dress. Thanks, Ellimay, for your great work in highlighting these wonderful pieces from the Emily Reynolds Historic Costume Collection!
http://ndsuspectrum.com/piece-of-the-week-8/

This exuberant sequined dress is the focus of Eillimay Rodriguez-Mujica's recent "Piece of the Week" article for the Spe...
11/25/2019
Piece of the week

This exuberant sequined dress is the focus of Eillimay Rodriguez-Mujica's recent "Piece of the Week" article for the Spectrum newspaper at NDSU.

You can now see this dress and all the others Ellimay has written about in the new exhibit on the 4th floor of FLC. Thanks to Ellimay for the amazing work she has done this semester in serving as a contributing writer to the Spectrum and putting together a coordinating exhibit!

Katherine Kilbourne Burgum's dress is the current "Piece of the Week" in NDSU's Spectrum newspaper.
10/21/2019
Piece of the week

Katherine Kilbourne Burgum's dress is the current "Piece of the Week" in NDSU's Spectrum newspaper.

The woman behind the dress: Katherine Burgum's legacy at NDSUELLIMAY RODRIGUEZ-MUJICA | THE SPECTRUMThis dress was donated by Katherine Burgum and designed by Vera Maxwell.This week, we have an exquisite piece donated by Katherine Kilbourne Burgum, an exceptional woman and leader. A newspape

Our collections intern, Ellimay Rodriguez-Mujica, has started contributing a "Piece of the Week" column to NDSU's studen...
10/08/2019
Piece of the week

Our collections intern, Ellimay Rodriguez-Mujica, has started contributing a "Piece of the Week" column to NDSU's student newspaper, The Spectrum. Thanks Ellimay and The Spectrum for helping us share our collection!

Beautiful in blue: A look back at the history of Norwegian traditional wear Norwegian bunads in the Emily Reynold's Historic Costume Collection.ELLIMAY RODRIGUEZ| THE SPECTRUMThe Emily Reynold’s Historic Costume Collection is comprised of 5,000 pieces of historic dress, located on th

Happy International Cat Day! This little girl's dress with the charming appliquéd and embroidered cats holding a fish wa...
08/08/2019

Happy International Cat Day! This little girl's dress with the charming appliquéd and embroidered cats holding a fish was worn by two-year-old Jeanne Dambach of Fargo in 1988.

Textiles and clothing from the Germans from Russia Heritage Collection will be on display at the NDSU Libraries during t...
07/30/2019

Textiles and clothing from the Germans from Russia Heritage Collection will be on display at the NDSU Libraries during the open house Wednesday, July 31, 2019 from 2 to 4 p.m. Stop by.

Today is World Embroidery Day. This celebration was initiated by the Swedish Embroiderer’s Guild and first held on July ...
07/30/2019

Today is World Embroidery Day. This celebration was initiated by the Swedish Embroiderer’s Guild and first held on July 30, 2011, in Vismarlöv, Sweden. Their goal is to encourage “a day filled with creativity for the sake of Peace, Freedom, and Equality.”

The vibrant flowers and butterflies on this 1960s linen sheath dress are hand embroidered in crewel wool threads. It was worn by Mary (Mimi) Langer Gokey of Fargo.

Gladys Olson Preuss (1895-1983) grew up on a farm in Rich Valley, North Dakota. After graduating from Valley City Colleg...
07/16/2019

Gladys Olson Preuss (1895-1983) grew up on a farm in Rich Valley, North Dakota. After graduating from Valley City College, she taught at a rural school near Devil’s Lake. In 1929, Gladys married Herman Preuss. They farmed and raised their four children on land that Herman had homesteaded near Esmond.

Gladys was a typical North Dakota farm wife: she raised chickens and tended the vegetable garden, cooked for the threshing crews, served as a 4-H leader, and was a member of the extension service’s Rich Valley Homemakers Club for 43 years. Gladys wore this dress when she went into town to run errands, attend club meetings, or drive the pickup to deliver grain to the elevator. Like many middle-aged women during the 1940s, Gladys only wore slacks while she gardened. The dress originally had blue glass buttons recycled from Glady’s wedding dress, but she later removed them to use on another dress.

You can see this dress on exhibit now in the NDSU Library's exhibit highlighting women in agriculture.

June 4, 1919, the 19th Amendment granting women the vote passed the US Congress. White pant suits that our women elected...
06/05/2019

June 4, 1919, the 19th Amendment granting women the vote passed the US Congress. White pant suits that our women elected officials wear derive from the white lingerie dresses that suffragists wore during the fight for suffrage. North Dakota Suffragist Kate Selby Wilder wore this dress during the campaign. #[email protected]

Happy Star Wars Day!Princess Leia first appeared in the 1977 movie Star Wars dressed in a costume very similar to our 19...
05/04/2019

Happy Star Wars Day!

Princess Leia first appeared in the 1977 movie Star Wars dressed in a costume very similar to our 1974 House of Bianchi wedding dress. Like Leia’s robe, this simply-cut wedding dress in white jersey has a high collar, belt, and hood. Designer Phyllis Bianchi noted that the 1970s saw the rise of less formal wedding gowns to accommodate the growing number of non-traditional weddings.

Phyllis Bianchi graduated from the Massachusetts College of Art in 1953 and opened a wholesale bridal specialty company with her mother, Colomba Bianchi, a custom dressmaker in Boston. Phyllis served as head designer until her retirement in 1992. The House of Bianchi continued as a leader in bridal fashion until the business closed in 2001. Our wedding dress was worn by Sally Meidinger, of Fargo, North Dakota, for her 1974 wedding.

Since the Walt Disney Company purchased the rights to the Star Wars franchise, Star Wars Day has become an official holiday at Walt Disney World and Disneyland. On this day, you may see a lot of Princess Leia robes reminiscent of our House of Bianchi wedding dress. May the Fourth be with you!

It’s time to get out your Easter bonnet!  This is the time of year that women traditionally purchased a new hat for spri...
04/18/2019

It’s time to get out your Easter bonnet! This is the time of year that women traditionally purchased a new hat for spring. In Fargo from the 1940s to the 1970s, you might have purchased your hat from Margaret Steiner.

Margarethe (Margaret) Steiner was born in 1906 in Vienna, Austria. She graduated from a women’s business college there and opened a millinery studio. In 1940, she and her husband, Felix, immigrated to Fargo, North Dakota. Margaret continued to run her millinery business out of her home until she retired in the 1970s.

These are some of the hats Margaret created in the 1950s. The hat steamer and hat stretcher are from her millinery studio.

To celebrate International Women’s Day, we are excited to share the story of one of our coverlets. It took four women an...
03/08/2019

To celebrate International Women’s Day, we are excited to share the story of one of our coverlets. It took four women and over 70 years to complete the queen-size coverlet and add it to the Emily Reynolds Historic Costume Collection.

The coverlet is constructed from 3,755 hand-sewn, gathered fabric circles called yo-yos. It was started in the 1940s by Evelyn Vogel who completed 97 squares of 25 yo-yos each before she died. The squares next went to Mavis Askland in Fargo who sewed over one thousand cream-colored yo-yos and used them to connect the blocks. After running out of fabric, Mavis set the coverlet aside until she gave it to her friend JoAnne Gauper, who completed the coverlet in 2014 with an additional 320 yo-yos.

Following in a long tradition of women using quilts and coverlets in fundraising, JoAnne donated the completed coverlet to Olivet Lutheran Church’s 2014 silent auction to support the YWCA Women’s Shelter and to purchase supplies for the church’s quilting groups. The auction winner, Sharon Larson, recognized the need to preserve the coverlet and its history and in 2015 donated it to the Emily Reynolds Historic Costume Collection.

February is National Embroidery Month. To celebrate, we are sharing four raised embroidery, or stumpwork, pictures that ...
02/04/2019

February is National Embroidery Month. To celebrate, we are sharing four raised embroidery, or stumpwork, pictures that reflect North Dakota. These embroideries were designed by Cheryl Hall of the Needlepoint Studio in downtown Fargo in 1979 and stitched by Ruth Gulbrandson. Ruth was a clothing and design specialist with the North Dakota State University Extension Service. She used these designs in a 1979 North Dakota Extension Homemakers Project.

The meadowlark is North Dakota’s state bird; the prairie rose is the state flower; the sunflower is one of the state’s major crops; and the basket is filled with North Dakota wildflowers—daisies and black-eyed Susans.

Walking enthusiast, Rosemarie Myrdal, purchased this Lillunn wool coat in 1995 to wear during her daily walk from her ap...
01/18/2019

Walking enthusiast, Rosemarie Myrdal, purchased this Lillunn wool coat in 1995 to wear during her daily walk from her apartment in Bismarck to the North Dakota State Capitol, where she served as Lieutenant Governor. Even when the wind chill was below zero, Rosemarie made the 6-block walk four times each day. Rosemarie served as Lieutenant Governor from 1993 to 2001 under Governor Ed Schafer and served in the North Dakota House of Representatives from 1985-1992.

Rosemarie purchased the coat in a shop in the Minneapolis airport on her way home from a conference. She never shops impulsively, but the coat spoke to her Nordic and northeastern North Dakota heritage. The Lillunn company was founded in Norway in 1953 by Unn Søiland Dale. Dale was inspired by the deck blankets on cruise ships and began designing coats made from Norwegian wool blankets. In the 1970s, she made the polar bear pattern—used by the cruise ships in the 1920s—one of her signature coats.

With her polar bear coat, Rosemarie wore hand-knit wool mittens and socks made by her husband John’s grandparents, Sigridur and Jon Myrdal, from wool that was sheared from sheep raised on the family farm. Rosemarie modeled her winter ensemble one last time before donating it to the Emily Reynolds Historic Costume Collection last fall.

Newlywed Beatrice Burns Zimmerman wore this dress to parties in Casselton, North Dakota, during the winter of 1924-1925....
01/03/2019

Newlywed Beatrice Burns Zimmerman wore this dress to parties in Casselton, North Dakota, during the winter of 1924-1925. The floral fabric has shots of gold metallic thread and the attached capelet and pleated hem are black velvet.

Beatrice graduated from the University of North Dakota in 1922 with a major in Home Economics and minors in Chemistry and Physical Education. She taught for two years before her marriage to Edwin C. Zimmerman in August 1924. Edwin was a pharmacist and owned a drug store in Casselton, North Dakota.

In 1948, after their three children were grown, Beatrice and Edwin moved to Fargo, where Beatrice taught Red Cross Home Nursing at NDAC (now North Dakota State University). In 1956, at the age of 58, Beatrice became the first person to earn a masters degree in Home Economics at NDAC.

In 1968, after serving 12 years as the head of the Home Economics department at Minot State University, Beatrice retired and she and Edwin moved to Boulder, Colorado. Beatrice passed away in December 1997 at age 99.

We had a great turnout for the opening reception of the "Suitably Attired" exhibit on Tuesday, thank you to all who join...
12/06/2018

We had a great turnout for the opening reception of the "Suitably Attired" exhibit on Tuesday, thank you to all who joined us. Guest curator, Kim Baird, gave a lively gallery talk and generated a lot of discussion.

If you couldn't be at the opening reception, you still have time to visit the exhibit. It will be on view at the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County in Moorhead until February 24th.

Mark your calendars for the "Suitably Attired" exhibit scheduled to begin Dec. 4 at the Hjemkomst Center, 202 First Ave....
11/08/2018

Mark your calendars for the "Suitably Attired" exhibit scheduled to begin Dec. 4 at the Hjemkomst Center, 202 First Ave. N., Moorhead MN. There will be a reception that day from 3 to 7 p.m. with a gallery presentation at 3:30 and again at 6:00 p.m. The exhibition runs through Feb. 24, 2019.

It’s October and fall is in the air. It’s time to pull out the Pendelton wools.  This skirt suit was made by an unknown ...
10/01/2018

It’s October and fall is in the air. It’s time to pull out the Pendelton wools. This skirt suit was made by an unknown NDSU student in a sewing class in the late 1960s. It has wonderful details including bound buttonholes, large patch pockets, and an encased tie belt. If you recognize this suit, please contact us, we would love to give credit to the maker.

Gift of Irma Rhodenbaugh (1990.4.5)

Address

North Dakota State University, 1400 Centennial Boulevard, Family Life Center 407
Fargo, ND
58102

General information

The ERHCC is a special collection at North Dakota State University. Garments in the ERHCC range in date from the 17th century to the 1980s. The core of the collection comes from the 20th century. We also house hats, accessories, shawls, household textiles, uniforms, international and ethnic attire, and garments and textiles from the Germans from Russia Heritage Collection.

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Monday 10:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00

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The ERHCC is a repository of material culture focusing on clothing, textiles & related objects

Susan Curtis, Collection Manager FLC 407, North Dakota State University P: 701-231-7362 E: [email protected]

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