‘RetroRama’ Celebrates Decades-Old Fashion



RetroRama came to the Minnesota History Center on Friday, May 16. It was an event to celebrate the newest exhibit by local photographer Charles Chamblis who was famous for documenting the music and club scene of Minneapolis in the 70’s and 80’s.

Attendees came dressed in their favorite retro garb — platform boots, mini skirts and afros included. The event was fairly informal, with a setup that encouraged people to sip craft cocktails from Du Nord while shopping vintage from local favorites like Lula’s, Flamingo’s Divine Finds, and The Spectacle Shoppe.


There was a retro fashion show emceed by the “famous for being famous” Fancy Ray McCloney and looks created by local fashion designers ArielSimone, Emma Berg, Max Lohrback, Samantha Rei, and Kerry Riley. Hollie Mae styled the runway show with accessories from Mona Williams.


The event was a great blend of retro and modern and the Minnesota History Center was a perfect venue to set the mood for the evening. People wandered the exhibits while mingling with friends and strangers alike. It was a fun event and, if nothing else, it was worth it to watch traditionally tailored business professionals in their best 70’s costumes dancing to funk music.


Photos via: Kelsey Campion



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Kelsey Campion

Originally from Minnesota, Kelsey has been away for many years, graduating from the University of Miami and spending time in San Diego and Texas. In her former life she was a therapist studying to be a forensic psychologist until the creative bug bit her and she decided to follow her passion. Currently a social media and marketing manager for two local design and fashion-based companies, she also is pursuing photography and fashion design. She is excited to revisit some of her favorite Minnesota spots and uncover more that have surfaced in her absence.

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