History is a thing that's always happening. It's not something that lives in the past.

MOHAI's Clara Berg (left) with Prairie Underground's Davora Lindner.

I watched it happening recently when I accompanied Prairie Underground co-founder Davora Lindner as she donated two of the line's early styles to MOHAI's permament collection so that future generations will know about the nationally loved local line and the way that Lindner and Camilla Eckersley brought complex lines and velvet touches to otherwise casual looks.

Two garments from Prairie Underground's initial offerings will take up residence in MOHAI's permanent fashion collection.

After accepting the donation, MOHAI's costumes and textiles collection specialist and John Doyle Bishop scholar Clara Berg reated us to a tour of the wardrobe and fashion archives and I am here to tell you that they are fabulous.

From Victorican high-neck day dresses to beaded 20s frocks, 50s Parisian haute couture bought in Paris and worn in downtown Seattle, the collection gives a revelatory view on Seattle style. There's talk of bringing the pieces out of their temperature-controlled storage units and staging a full-scale show. You will be the first to when that's on the books.

For now, let's just say the Prairie Underground styles are in good company.

Lindner told us she wore this style many times, so it will settle into the Museum's archives with that lived experience.

To catch up with what's new on the Prairie front, don't miss the upcoming trunk show at Horseshoe in Ballard. All the details are below.

 

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