The 20th century was back in style at the fifth incarnation of RetroRama.

Guests in period costumes took over the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul on May 13 to celebrate the 1920s through the 1960s. In addition to old-school cocktails, music and food, the event featured a fashion show with modern interpretations of vintage apparel. Plus, anyone who was in the audience could strut the runway.

"I'm trying to build my own collection," said Hannah von der Hoff, who wore a 1950s dress from Tatters. "It's worth it because the quality is amazing."

And she'll always have something to wear to RetroRama.


Circle of Women Luncheon

Before there was such a thing as an "It bag," Susan B. Anthony advocated for accessories. "Every woman should have a purse of her own," she said.

It's a belief that is carried on today through the YWCA of Minneapolis. During its 14th annual Circle of Women luncheon May 6 at the Minneapolis Convention Center, more than 1,2000 people (mostly women) in the Twin Cities walked an orange carpet and bid on more than 100 purses to support the organization.

According to Becky Roloff, CEO of the YWCA of Minneapolis, the organization's goal is to empower women and girls by providing everything from tutoring to health education to leadership training.

"Having your own purse lets you make your own decisions," she said.

Sara Glassman • 612-673-7177