Interpreting Fashion

As the fictional Miranda Priestly pointed out in The Devil Wears Prada, the clothing we wear, regardless of how much attention we pay the fashion industry, represents millions of dollars and countless jobs. The daily lives of all of museum visitors are impacted by fashion. This workshop explores the role of fashion in our culture, society, economy, and history. You will learn to build engaging visitor experiences and a sense of place around fashion-related history, documents, and objects.

Be able to:

  • Identify major themes in fashion history
  • Recognize the importance of fashion, clothing, and design in our daily lives
  • Connect audiences to fashion history in compelling and meaningful ways
  • Use a variety of educational techniques, including objects, primary sources, and gallery spaces, to create engaging visitor experiences
  • Lead straightforward, hands-on programming with a basic interpretive toolkit
  • Apply what you've learned to your own museum or historic site

This is a one-day workshop taking place in-person at the North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum, in Bismarck, ND. There is no fee to participate, but all attendees must register at Lunch will not be included. For more information, contact Dani Stuckle at

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