RetroRama Takes on the '70s and '80s with Annual Fashion Show and Cocktail Party Friday, May 16, at the History Center

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Release dated: 
April 2, 2014
Media contacts: 

Jessica Kohen • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3148 •

Wendy Jones • Minnesota History Center • 651-259-3411 •

Quick facts: 

Event: RetroRama
Date: Friday, May 16
Time: 8-11 p.m.
Place: Minnesota History Center
Address: 345 Kellogg Blvd W., St. Paul MN 55102-1903

Cost: $25/$20 for MNHS members.
Phone: 651-259-3000, 800-657-3773

RetroRama Takes on the '70s and '80s with Annual Fashion Show and Cocktail Party Friday, May 16, at the History Center

RetroRama, the Minnesota History Center's annual fashion show and cocktail party, uses fashion as a way to explore history.

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This year, the popular program takes on the '70s and '80s, as local designers gain inspiration from the new exhibit "Sights, Sounds and Soul: Twin Cities through the lens of Charles Chamblis." Chamblis, known around town as "The Pictureman," took photographs of musicians, fashion models and everyday people in Minneapolis in the '70s and '80s.

The fashion show includes designs made especially for, and worn by, subjects in some of Chamblis' photos. This year’s designers are Samantha Rei, Ariel Simone, Kerry Riley, Emma Berg and Max Lohrbach. Cynthia "Funkytown" Johnson will perform during the evening and will model some of the designs on the runway. The fashion show will be emcee’d by Twin Cities phenom Fancy Ray McCloney and DJ'd by Larry "Spider" Hamilton, a popular DJ of the '70s and '80s who also appeared in photographs by Chamblis.

The schedule includes:

  • Fashion show at 8:30 & 9:30 p.m.
  • Musical performance by Cynthia Johnson, the voice of "Funkytown" (courtesy of Megabien Entertainment)
  • Du Nord craft spirits cocktail demos
  • Bingo with Ellie Blades

Tickets are $25 or $20 for MNHS members. They are available online. For more information, including video and photos from previous RetroRama events, visit

Program support is provided by the Marney and Conley Brooks Fund and the Charles A. Lindbergh Fund. Media support is provided by and 89.3 The Current.

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 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.