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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

This Season of Kindness and Giving

This is a time of generosity. I'd like to thank you for your enthusiasm, your ideas, and your volunteer time.

Thank you!

Each year, individual donors like you also support meaningful design experiences and access to GMD's unique collection through end-of-the-year gifts. Perhaps you have received the bright orange mailing from GMD asking for your support. Please return the enclosed envelope or contribute at

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Left:Sophia Graydon Designers Visit GMD Oct 2012
Right: We the Designer Exhibition Opening Sept 2012

Your donation helps:

• Create opportunities for over 13,000 visitors to see design as essential to their lives

o GMD provides object-based learning for classes and community groups, paid internships, and exhibitions that explore design problem-solving to create a better world.

• Provide online access to photographs of 3,500+ collection objects (10% of the total collection).

o One family was joyfully reconnected with their grandmother's wedding dress through the online photos yet still knew it was cared for in GMD's collection for future generations.

IMG_3883.jpgAbove: Minnesota Lace Society Visit GMD Aug 2012

Your gift of $50 (or an amount comfortable for you) could support the photography of collection objects that may be the inspiration for flattering apparel for a woman with osteoporosis or may connect families across the country to their design heritage.

Your donation can go twice as far if your company has a matching program. Let us know if it does and we'll follow up. It's that easy! Please contribute at

IMG_2657.jpgAbove: Gopher Camp Children visit the Gallery during the Basket Exhibition June 2012

Thanks to thoughtful donors like you, GMD provides design opportunities for students, many of whom have used their knowledge to improve communities across the world.

Your contribution continues GMD's important investment in design education. With your help, we will continue to inspire innovative ideas and discovery.

Again, thank you!

Yours in design,
Lin Nelson-Mayson, director

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Wedding Dress Stories from the Goldstein (Part III of III)

White wedding dresses are considered traditional ceremonial garments symbolizing the bride's purity and innocence. Despite this deep-seated association with "tradition," wedding dresses are highly susceptible to fashion trends. In the late 1920s, Parisian couturier Madeline Vionnet introduced the world to the bias cut dress.The resulting dresses - long, sinuous, and silky - captured the imagination of European and American consumers, solidifying the bias cut's status as the most recognizable silhouette of the 1930s. This blog explores the iconic bias cut wedding dress, beginning with a lovely example from the GMD's collection.

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Above: Wedding dress and veil, 1931. Gift of Carolyn Spater Latz 1996.057.001a-b

Minneapolis bride Marion Henrietta Goldberg's ivory silk wedding dress heralded the beginning of a new decade. Designed to flatter her curves, the innovative use of fabric direction created dramatic art deco angles at both the neckline and hips. Elegant ivory lace softened the crisply geometric neckline and added a demure touch to this slinky, sexy wedding dress.

Trendsetting Marion, pictured above, paired her dress with a lace Juliet cap and cathedral-length tulle veil. She carried an enormous cascading bouquet of white roses, garnished with masses of lacy ferns, gauzy bows, and floor-length silk ribbons tied in lover's knots. This type of bouquet is a holdover from the 1920s, when voluminous bouquets were favored by bold, androgynous flappers wearing short, boxy dresses.

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Above: Images from "It Happened One Night," 1934

Just three years later, a similar dress appeared in the 1934 film, It Happened One Night. American actress Claudette Colbert donned a white silk bias-cut gown with embellished scoop neckline, Juliet cap, and dramatic tulle veil. The veil steals the show in a pivotal scene where Colbert's character, Ellie Andrews, realizes she is about to marry the wrong man. She runs off to reunite with Clark Gable's character Peter Warne, her long veil streaming along behind her.

Natasha Thoreson
GMD Collections Assistant