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Creating the Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion

Date: 10/22/2010

Time: 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Location: 33 McNeal Hall

Cost: Free; registration required


Creating the Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion
Friday, October 22, 4:30–6:30 PM
33 McNeal Hall, reception follows program
Space is limited. RSVP requested at z.umn.edu/encyclopedia

Sponsored by the College of Design; Department of Design, Housing, and Apparel; Berg Publishers; and Oxford University Press.

How people dress themselves and why—past and present—is central to understanding humankind. This is the subject of the new 10-volume print edition of the Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion and its online portal, BergFashionLibrary.com, a searchable database of the encyclopedia and additional resources. Initiated by Regents' Professor Emerita Joanne B. Eicher, the encyclopedia draws together the work of 600 renowned scholars from every part of the globe, including 30 from the University of Minnesota.

Join Joanne Eicher (editor-in-chief), Kathryn Earle (managing director of Berg Publishers and creator of the Berg Fashion Library), John Vollmer (editor of the East Asia volume), and Jane Hegland (contributor of article, “Dress and Fashion Education: Design and Business”) as they share stories about the creation of the first comprehensive reference that explores all aspects of dress and fashion. 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 from Berg while supplies last. A drawing will be held for one set of the encyclopedia (a $2,000 value).

Gifts in honor of Joanne can be designated to the Joanne Bubolz Eicher Endowment (fund # 7786), set up to ensure the continued study of the cultural aspects of dress in the department.


  • Name: Laura Walton
  • E-mail: lwalton@umn.edu
  • Phone: 612-626-6385
  • Sponsored by: College of Design

Reservation Information:

RSVP at z.umn.edu/encyclopedia

Disability Options:

To request disability accommodations, please contact Laura Walton, College of Design, at 612-626-6385 or lwalton@umn.edu.

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