The Roddis Collection: American Style and Spirit 

June 11–September 17, 2017 Current Exhibitions
Image for Dress. Cotton/rayon, sheared beaver, metal belt, c. 1934; From the collections of The Henry Ford Museum, photo by Gillian Bostock Ewing, copyright Jane BradburyDress. Cotton/rayon, sheared beaver, metal belt, c. 1934; From the collections of The Henry Ford Museum, photo by Gillian Bostock Ewing, copyright Jane BradburyImage for Evening Gown. Satin-back rayon crepe evening dress with rhinestone buckles, c. 1938; From the collections of The Henry Ford Museum, photo by Gillian Bostock Ewing, copyright Jane BradburyEvening Gown. Satin-back rayon crepe evening dress with rhinestone buckles, c. 1938; From the collections of The Henry Ford Museum, photo by Gillian Bostock Ewing, copyright Jane Bradbury
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 the backdrop of a small town in Wisconsin. This exhibition will feature garments by the collections of The Henry Ford as well as several loaned by Roddis family relatives, including dresses by Helga, Galanos, Yves St. Laurent, Nina Ricci, and Murray Arbeid. 


Exhibition Activities



Fashion 411

Thursday, June 29  | 6:30–7:30 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

 for June 29

 for August 17


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.
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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!