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How people dress themselves and why is the subject of the new, first-of-its-kind 10-volume print edition of the Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion.

How we dress and why: U of M College of Design to present first-of-its-kind Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion Oct. 22

What: Creating the Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion
When: 4:30-6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22
Where: 33 McNeal Hall, 1985 Buford Ave. S., St. Paul

Contacts: Laura Weber, College of Design, l-webe@umn.edu, (612) 625-6566
Jeff Falk, University News Service, jfalk@umn.edu, (612) 626-1720

October 5, 2010

How people dress themselves and why is central to understanding humankind. This is the subject of the new, first-of-its-kind 10-volume print edition of the Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion and its online portal, BergFashionLibrary.com.

The University of Minnesota College of Design and Joanne Eicher, Regents' Professor Emerita and editor in chief of the encyclopedia, are hosting a celebration to mark the completion of a project that was seven years in the making at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22, at 33 McNeal Hall, 1985 Buford Ave. S., St. Paul.

The event will feature behind-the-scenes stories from Eicher and other encyclopedia editors and contributors – including Kathryn Earle, managing director at Berg Publishers and creator of the Berg Fashion Library – and offer an insider's look at the creation of the first comprehensive reference to explore all aspects of dress and fashion.

Arranged geographically and written by an international team of more than 600 experts, the encyclopedia will serve as the go-to source for all issues relating to the art and anthropology of costume, dress and fashion the world over for students, scholars, members of the design and fashion industries and everyday fashion aficionados. It features 760 in-depth original articles and more than 2000 images, many rare or previously unpublished.

The event is free and open to the public but space is limited. Registrations are required by Oct. 14 at http://z.umn.edu/encyclopedia.    

Following the presentations, the encyclopedia will be on display along with related objects from the Goldstein Museum of Design. Guests will be able to explore the Berg Fashion Library online. Free sewing kits will be available from Berg while supplies last and one lucky attendee will go home with a complete set of  the Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion (a $2,000 value).

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