The ascent of fashion into mainstream life has spread from large cult brands and abstract modern-elites to the cool, trendy designs of creative influencers. The thriving arts community of the Twin Cities and surrounding area has made it the next up-and-coming fashion hotspot, attracting a new crop of designers, models, and influencers from around the world.
ROAD TO VINTAGE is a black-tie celebration of 500+ years of fashion through modern renditions and cultures on a global scale, as interpreted by Minnesota designers.
Minnesota's vibrant creative community is a perfect backdrop illustrating the tapestry of modern creativity and fashion's historical and current impact to society. Our unique cultural legacy has spawned some of the most creative minds and revered talents within arts and entertainment, from Judy Garland to Bob Dylan to Prince.
ROAD TO VINTAGE FASHION SHOW was created by Minnesota's own Farhan Chowdhury (fashion designer and the first male supermodel of Bengali descent) and Jacelyn Johnson (film director, screenwriter, model, and the director of MTM Agency - Minneapolis), of F+J Productions. It was their desire to provide an artistic platform to incubate and cultivate the local creative coalition. They have partnered with model, entrepreneur and philanthropist Larissa Lowthorp to give back to the community.
The Minneapolis arts scene dates back to the 1880s, when the Minneapolis Institute of Arts was founded. Since that time, Minnesota has become home to over 20 museums in the Twin Cities, nearly 500 live theaters statewide vying for a claim to the second-most seats per capita after New York City.
Minnesota's haute couture connections span back to 1880, when female artisans such as Rose Boyd took the reins on modernizing visions of feminine style. Strong ties with Paris and London allowed for their metropolitan aesthetic to come to the Midwest. Minnesotan fashion pioneers led new trends in design and fabric manipulation.
ROAD TO VINTAGE FASHION SHOW celebrates Minnesota's history of couture originality and seeks to usher in a new Golden Era of local fashion design by elevating and promoting our homegrown artistic talent.
According to the Minneapolis Institute of Art, at the turn of the 20th century, dressmaking was the second largest employer of women in the state. This allowed local women to have gainful employment and autonomy by working for themselves or opening their own shops and a viable path toward improved economic prospects. Our partner organization, Fem(me)Power continues this initiative by helping women thrive via business ownership.
Parisian and English textile purveyors traveled to Minnesota each year to showcase new patterns and fabrics to Twin Cities designers, thus the fashions emerging locally kept pace with cosmopolitan European trends of the time.
An under-represented trend influencer and powerhouse in the global fashion industry, Minnesota is poised to make a splash on the international scene with the ROAD TO VINTAGE inaugural fashion show and event. Minnesota-based fashion designers have been seen on the covers of magazines, Fashion Week runways around the globe, with local talent influencing pop-culture sensations. Minneapolis street style and ensembles first seen at Minnesota Fashion Week have influenced popular modern styles.