Detroit setting trends in world of fashion


DETROIT – Detroit may be known as the trend setter for the automobile, but 'The D' also knows a thing for two about setting trends in the world of fashion.

"We had a really amazing bustling retail scene here where Mr. Hudson and other retailers would go and find fashions from all the corners of the earth and bring them here," said Rachel Lutz, owner of The Peacock Room & Frida boutiques. "There's a rich fashion heritage here."

To celebrate the past, present and future of fashion in Detroit, the Detroit Historical Museum opened a brand new exhibit: Fashion D-Fined.


"We sort of mixed old and new together," said Director of Collections Tracy Irwin. "It's about what's happening today to what was happening 50 years ago."

The new exhibit showcases 20th century design and retail from the 1940s, '50s, '60s, and '70s. There are displays from Hudsons, Himelhoch's, Claire Pearone, B. Siegel and Winkelman's.

"People are going to see current pieces from designers who were Detroiters, some that no longer live locally, but all of them got their start here," Irwin said.

Detroit designers and retailers of today are also featured, including John Varvatos, Anna Sui, Tracy Reese, and Vicki Sarge.

"Fashion D-Fined" runs through Spring 2016 at the Detroit Historical Museum, located at 5401 Woodward Ave. in Midtown Detroit.