Calumet Theatre to host Historic Fashion Show and dance Sept. 29
CALUMET -- The Finlandia University Fiber Design Senior Fashion Show by Becky
Weeks, artist and seamstress, will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, in the Calumet
Theatre. A celebration dance will follow in the Theatre Ballroom.
|Becky Weeks -- artist, seamstress and Finlandia University senior design
student -- models an 1867 dress of her own creation in her garden in Hancock. She is holding a drop spindle she used in teaching a spinning class at the Ramblin' Rose Arts Center in Mohawk
during the 2001 Keweenaw Arts Alive/Traditions program. (2001 File photo by Michele Anderson)
Known locally for her Heikinpäivä and Kalevala costumes, Becky also is noted for her historical
and original garment designs. As a student of the Finlandia University International School of Art and Design she studied fashion at the Kuopio
Academy of Design in Kuopio, Finland, during the fall semester of 2000. Becky has also taught classes in historic costume techniques, hat making, spinning, weaving and natural dyeing through the Keweenaw Arts Alive/Traditions Program at the Ramblin' Rose Arts Center in Mohawk.
Becky will narrate the event, giving her own view of the history of fashion
from its pre-historic roots to present-day Copper Country. The Fashion Show will
include 28 high school and college students and other community members, who
will model more than 40 of Becky's designs.
|Becky Weeks created the costume of Louhi, the gap-toothed
hag of Pohjola from the Kalevala, worn here by Melvin
Kangas, music professor at Finlandia
University, during the 2002 Heikinpäivä parade. Kangas will
model the Louhi costume at Becky Weeks' Finlandia University Fiber Design Senior Fashion Show
at the Calumet Theatre Sunday, Sept. 29. (Photo © 2002 Karin
Emond. Reprinted with permission.)
"Don't miss this rare event," said Phyllis Fredendall, Finlandia
Fiber Design instructor. "Becky is an outstanding designer and also has a
great sense of humor! This is a wide range of costumes and historical garments
with Becky's contemporary flare."
Following the fashion show, the Theatre Ballroom will be the scene of live
Finnish music and dance, including popular jankas (Finnish polkas),
waltzes, schottisches and a tango or two -- played by musicians Helmer Toyras of
Aura, John Perona of Calumet, Wil Kilpela of Marquette and Ken Holster of
Said Becky, "I hope it will be a lot of fun for the whole
While at Finlandia Becky has concentrated on the surface design techniques of printing and dyeing. Her images are drawn from nature.
Lilacs, maple leaves, feathers, animal patterns and spinning galaxies will all be seen on stage and at the dance for closer viewing.
With a focus on environmentally responsible textiles and dyes, Becky uses Fox Fibre, organic cotton, hemp and natural dyes to produce her
designs. While in Finland she studied millinery arts, learned new machine embroidery
techniques and deepened her skills in the couture traditions of draping and flat pattern design.
Her diploma works research began with the construction and details of garments from the 1820s and 30s. Becky's understanding of and interest
in the sewing techniques of the 1800s can be traced to her training as a costume interpreter at a Lincoln site near Springfield, Illinois. At that
time she was an international folk dancer and learned ethnic costume design as well.
An admission of $8, which includes both the fashion show and dance, will be charged at the door.
Refreshments will be served in the ballroom. For more information call Becky at 482-2372 or Phyllis at 487-7376.
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