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“Celebrating the Little Black Dress” On Exhibit at the Emily Reynolds Historic Costume Collection - NDSU

Katherine Kilbourne Burgum

The Emily Reynolds Historic Costume Collection is pleased to present the exhibit “Celebrating the Little Black Dress.” Designs created by Claire McCardell and Norman Norell and other designers, dating from the 1940s to the 1960s are featured. The exhibition is on display in the Window Gallery outside of FLC 414 and is open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through May 13, 2016.

The little black dress is approaching its 90th birthday. This versatile dress can be dressed up or down with accessories as needed. A little black dress became part of women’s wardrobes as private cocktail parties emerged in the social scene during the 1920s. These semi-formal occasions required appropriate dress. For women it included day dress styles made of evening dress fabrics.

A goal of the Emily Reynolds Historic Costume Collection is to enhance awareness of fashion history as it relates to society, history and material culture. It is located on the 4th floor of the Katherine Kilbourne Burgum Family Life Center, 1400 Centennial Boulevard, NDSU, Fargo, ND.

For more information contact:
Ann Braaten: tel. 701-231-7367; Email:
Susan Curtis: tel. 701-231-7362; Email:


Katherine kilbourne burgum: A champion for ndsu

"Katherine Kilbourne Burgum: A Champion for NDSU" is on display in the Window Gallery - FLC 414 at NDSU, from Feb. 26 to May 26, 2015, in honor of K.'s 100th birthday. Clothing worn by K. provides a frame for her remarkable accomplishments during the 90 years of her life.

On Tuesday, March 3 from 2 to 3:30, a presentation about Katherine Kilbourne Burgum’s life and work with NDSU will be given by Ann Braaten, Curator of the Emily Reynolds Historic Costume Collection.  It is part of an “Afternoon in the Gallery” at the Memorial Union Art Gallery, part of the 33rd Annual "Women’s Week:  Bending the Binary.”  

Katherine Kilbourne Burgum


NDSU co-sponsors Japanese doll presentation

On Tuesday, Sept. 10, a nine-member delegation of the Okayama Japan-American Cultural Exchange Society is set to present a prized Hima doll set to the Northern Plains Botanic Garden Society. This event is scheduled for 11:30a.m. at the West Acres Shopping Center Food Court's north Enterance. The public is invited to attend.

The ERHCC is part of the Apparel, Design and Hosapitality Department at NDSU. To read NDSU's news release and more about the event CLICK HERE

Prized Hima doll set


Check out these new courses offered This Fall!

ADHM 491 - Product Production, Sourcing and Promotion
Using the NDSU Tartan as a branding tool for the University, this course will work through the process of producing items for retail sales. Drawing from competencies of previous courses, students will select designs appropriate for a target customer base then participate in the production, marketing, and sales of chosen products. Upon completion of this course, students will have a confidence level appropriate to pursue personal entrepreneurial goals and the University will enjoy a heightened level of identity in the general public – thanks to the Tartan products.

ADHM 491-05 - Photoshop and Illustrator for Apparel Majors
Want to expand your professional skill set while giving yourself an edge in the job market and do it without paying more tuition? ADHM 491-05 (20228) Photoshop and Illustrator for Apparel, Retail Merchandising and Design Majors is being offered online in fall semester and focuses on using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator software for the apparel and fashion industry. You don’t have to be an artist or a designer for this class, this class is designed around the needs of the fashion/apparel student. It is to your professional advantage to learn the software that is used by the industry for trend boards, flats, textile and print design, direct marketing, promotion, and visual design/display perspectives. You will also improve the quality of your presentations in your fashion and apparel classes.

Sign up today if you want to enhance your professional skills and improve your opportunities in the job market. Questions? Feel free to email for more information. Note: This class is not being offering through DCE so you will not incur additional tuition fees if you enroll.