Teen Fashion Show Celebrates International Style and Culture May 15

For immediate release

Release dated: 
April 2, 2014
Media contacts: 

Jessica Kohen • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3148 • jessica.kohen@mnhs.org

Wendy Jones • Minnesota History Center • 651-259-3411 • wendy.jones@mnhs.org

Quick facts: 

Event: Design Diaries International Fashion Show

Date: Thursday, May 15

Time: 7 p.m.

Place: Minnesota History Center
Address: 345 Kellogg Blvd W., St. Paul MN 55102-1903
Cost: FREE
Phone: 651-259-3000, 800-657-3773
Website: www.minnesotahistorycenter.org

Teen Fashion Show Celebrates International Style and Culture May 15

Teens from the Palestinian Heritage Museum in Jerusalem will join Twin Cities teens to showcase original fashions that speak about history, culture and personal beliefs at a fashion show held at the Minnesota History Center in May.

In April, a group of Minnesotans will also travel overseas to participate in a similar fashion show at the Palestinian Heritage Museum in Jerusalem.

Palestinian teens

American teens

(Above: Design Diaries International Palestinian teens; below, American participants.)

Design Diaries International is a new program that uses fashion, history and culture to connect American teens with Palestinian teens in Jerusalem. The American teens have been working with their Palestinian counterparts through weekly teleconferences and social media since fall 2013. Through conversation with each other, meetings with textiles historians and guidance from fashion design professionals, the young women have created garments that express what they’ve learned. In addition to the fashions, for the show the teens will create a backdrop of media, music and informative displays that reflect how clothing represents who we are.

The public is invited to join the program participants for a free fashion show at the Minnesota History Center, Thursday, May 15, at 7 p.m. Reservations are recommended; call 651-259-3015 or register online.

The public can also track the progress of the group and see images from the April fashion show at www.minnesotahistorycenter.org/designdiariesintl.

Design Diaries International is part of the Museums Connect program, an initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs that is administered by the American Alliance of Museums.

About the Minnesota History Center

The Minnesota History Center is located at 345 Kellogg Blvd. W. in St. Paul. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays (admission is free on Tuesdays from 5 to 8 p.m.), 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Auxiliary aids and services are available with advance notice. For more information, call 651-259-3000 or 1-800-657-3773.

The Society’s calendar of events is posted online at www.mnhs.org/calendar. The website also has information about all of the Society’s programs, museums and historic sites.

The Minnesota Historical Society is a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. The Society collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesota’s past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and book publishing. Using the power of history to transform lives, the Society preserves our past, shares our state’s stories and connects people with history.

The Minnesota Historical Society is supported in part by its Premier Partners: Xcel Energy and Explore Minnesota Tourism.