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High school junior Patricia Malec models a “mod” dress and boots at the public library’s 1960s fashion show Sunday, Feb. 16. She was one of 10 volunteer models. The fashion show was part of the 2014 River Falls Reads program. (River Falls Journal photos by Gretta Stark)1 / 7
Ruth Wood (left) shows off her wedding dress to Mary-Alice Muraski at the library’s 60s fashion show. Wood helped coordinate the event. Muraski attended the event in her own dress from the 1960s. Guests were invited to wear or bring with them a 60s fashion artifact. Muraski was one of a handful to bring or wear 60s clothing. After the show, guests informally shared stories about their 60s outfits, and viewed other 60s clothes on display around the library lower level.2 / 7
@ct:Ruth Wood shows off a 1960s sheath dress with matching pink tights and pink heels at the library’s 60s fashion show. Wood helped coordinate the event and modeled several outfits.3 / 7
Sylvia Rundle, 4 ½, came to the fashion show with her mother Brenda Rundle, in a dress Brenda’s sister wore in the 60s, which was passed down to Brenda in the 70s. Brenda said it was a Christmas dress. Sylvia was one of a handful of event guests to wear 60s clothes to the show. 4 / 7
Patricia Malec models a party dress made of green iridescent taffeta--a fabric Robin Murray said was popular during a portion of the 60s.5 / 7
The fashion show started off with child models (from left) eight-year-old Maggie Johnson, two-year-old Katie Johnson, five-year-old Sylvia Zalusky and six-year-old Addie Johnson. The Johnson girls are the daughters of Heather and Sam Johnson. Zalusky is the daughter of Anna and Joe Zalusky.6 / 7
Robin Murray talks about men’s 1960s fashions, particularly the bell bottoms and fringed leather vest worn by the event’s only male model, Meyer Middle School eighth-grader Ty Hall. The clothes were gathered by event coordinators, but according to Hall’s mother, the hair is all natural.7 / 7

From a white dress with matching high-heeled boots to a pair of bell bottoms, the public library’s fashion show Sunday, Feb. 16 was full of 1960s fashions. 10 volunteer modelled about 25 outfits for a group of about 60 guests.

"I think people really had fun," said library Event and Gallery Coordinator Katie Chaffee. "We were all having a good time, the models were having a good time."

The fashion show was part of the 2014 River Falls Reads program. The event drew about 60 people. Library Event and Gallery Coordinator Katie Chaffee said everyone seemed to have great fun watching the show, remembering clothes they’d worn and learning about fashion history from presenter Robin Murray, UW-River Falls Theater Department chair. 

Chaffee said siad the success of hte event was thanks to community volunteers, inluding Murray and reitred UWRF English Teacher Ruth Wood, who also helped coodinate the progrm. Chaffee said the10 models--including four child models--also helped make the event happen.

Gretta Stark

Gretta Stark has been a reporter for the River Falls Journal since July of 2013. She previously worked as a reporter for the New Richmond News from June 2012 to July 2013. She holds a BA in Print and Electronic Media from Wartburg College.

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