See more than 100 years of fashion unveiled through twenty-six unique garments dating from 1880 to 1991. From stunning haute couture evening gowns to everyday wear, this amazing collection of women’s clothing was purchased and worn by six generations of the Roddis family of Marshfield, Wisconsin. It is both a time capsule of American fashion and a remarkable story about individual expression and taste set against a backdrop of small town Wisconsin.
Saturday, June 17 | 2:00–5:00
Kick-off fashion season in style at the A State of Fashion
opening party. This is your chance to meet the artists and curators while enjoying music, light snacks, and a cash bar. Bring friends and family along for this must-see fashionable summer event.
Uncovering The Roddis Collection
Thursday, June 22 | 6:30–7:30
Join Roddis Collection curator Edward Maeder as he takes you on an incredible journey back to 1972, when an unexpected and remarkable collection of perfectly preserved garments, letters, and artifacts was discovered in an attic in Marshfield, Wisconsin.
Thursday, June 29 and Thursday, August 17 | 6:30–7:30
Grab a glass of bubbly and spend an evening with Milwaukee’s fashion experts, Jordan Dechambre and Bjorn Nasett. Providing personal style advice, Dechambre and Nasett will cover seasonal trends and fashion faux pas that will enable you to make bold fashion statements. Space is limited.
$10 with Membership
Book Your Tour
Now’s your chance to book the most fashionable tour of the summer! Experience the variety and richness of Wisconsin art with a guided tour of four remarkable fashion exhibitions. Participants receive a 10% discount in the MOWA Shop for the day of the tour.
Enjoy the Book
Accompanying the exhibition is a 320-page full-color book, American Style and Spirit, written by Jane Bradbury and Edward Maeder, providing rich historical detail and imagery of the Roddis family and its collection. A must-have for every fashion enthusiast!