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Learn about fashion trends, issues at the library

Learn more about the trends and issues that have shaped the world of fashion in an upcoming program at the Detroit Lakes Public Library.

“Fashion Trends and Issues, 1850s to 1920s” is presented by a fashionably dressed Vickie Wendel, who follows women’s fashions from the sewing machine to ready-made clothing that came from the mail order catalog.

Ms. Wendel will be at the Detroit Lakes Library on Tuesday, April 23 at 7 p.m.

She will explain the political and societal influences on the fashion trends of this time period.

This program is supported in part or in whole with money from the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.

“Fashion, 150 Years: Couturiers, Designers, Labels,” by Charlotte Seeling.

Fashion — that means glamour, creativity and always the expression of a certain attitude toward life.

This book is devoted to the legendary world of fashion from its origins in the nineteenth century until our own time.

Which social, historical and cultural developments coalesced to allow fashion to become what it is today?

Which designers had especially significant impact on their fashion eras, and what did their creations look like?

Informative chapters that introduce each era coupled with extensive portraits of the groundbreaking fashion icons and countless expressive photographs work together to form a comprehensive portrayal of the rapid development that took fashion from the liberation of women from the corset all the way to the creations of modern designers.

“The Fashion Careers Guidebook: A Guide to Every Career in the Fashion Industry and How to Get It,” by Julia Yates.

The fashion industry is exciting and glamorous — but very tough to break into.

That’s all the more reason why ambitious young men and women who hope to succeed in that dynamic business take their first step to success by reading--and re-reading — “The Fashion Careers Guidebook.”

Author Julia Yates explains the fashion industry’s many and complex facets, offers detailed descriptions of its widely varied career opportunities, and instructs her readers on effective ways to stand out from the crowd of job seekers.

DL Library Happenings

  • Wednesday, April 17: Christian Book Club, 6:30 p.m. Discuss “Cross Roads” by William Paul Young.
  • Thursday, April 18: Earth Day Science Lab, 3:45 p.m. Earth Day celebration with projects, experiments and games to connect us to our earth. There will be snacks and door prizes.
  • Thursday, April 18 and Saturday, April 20: Storytime at 10:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday, April 23: eReader Help, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Schedule a one-on-one appointment to address your eReader questions.
  • Tuesday, April 23: Tarim, Arts Midwest World Fest musicians from China, 2 to 4 p.m. Hosted by the Detroit Lakes Library Club.
  • Tuesday, April 23: Storytime at Storyland, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Becker County Museum, 714 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes. A special storytime will take place at Storyland, a traveling exhibit from the Minnesota Children’s Museum that is currently on display inside the local museum through May 25.
  • Tuesday, April 23: The Beat Goes On-Vickie Wendel presents Fashion Trends and Issues, 1850s to  1920s,” 7 p.m. Free and open to the public.

Library Hours

The Detroit Lakes Library is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.

It is closed on Sundays.

For more information on library services and programs, please call 218-847-2168 or visit the Detroit Lakes Library at 1000 Washington Ave.

Information is also available online at

The Detroit Lakes Public Library is a branch of Lake Agassiz Regional Library.

Article written by Danell Haspel of the Detroit Lakes Library