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Dress Rehearsal at the MIA celebrates the yin-yang of style with Emma Berg

Vintage custom tulle coat from a private collection.
Vintage custom tulle coat from a private collection.
Chris McDuffie Photography

Yin-yang was the concept running throughout the looks presented at the third-annual Dress Rehearsal, hosted by the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. It permeated the event with a runway collection of vintage haute couture items that were juxtaposed with a line of entirely new pieces by esteemed local designer Emma Berg.

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Slideshow: Stunning style at Dress Rehearsal 2013 at the MIA

Bullock's Wilshire paillette and printed silk dress
Bullock's Wilshire paillette and printed silk dress
Chris McDuffie

The event, founded by Cory and Stephanie Lake, served as a benefit for the MIA's Friends of the Institute. In an effort to give students greater exposure to the arts, this year the Friends will fund a youth filmmaking project and a storyteller series in the museum's African galleries.

Dress Rehearsal began with 16 vintage looks parading down the runway in truly elegant fashion. The collection brought viewers on a trip through fashion history, with pieces including classic Chanel and Dior suits and LBD cocktail ensembles by Vicky Tiel and Bill Blass. George Halley's net embroidered gown brought to mind a stunning version of Jane Austen's Emma Woodhouse with its empire waist, intricate trim, and puffed sleeves. The use of tulle and crystal-encrusted flowers smattered all over the gown gave it a modernized 19th-century look.

The 1920s are back in a big way right now, and Bullock's Wilshire's paillette and printed silk dress evoke some of the best parts of the era. The mix of sapphire-blue sequins patterned around muted bronze silk works beautifully in pre-Dust Bowl extravagance.

Bonnie Cashin bolero & Marchesa gown
Bonnie Cashin bolero & Marchesa gown
Chris McDuffie

Rei Kawakubo's Comme Des Garcons is known for some pretty experimental pieces, but this tulle and leather outfit bring together medieval leather-working and feminine elegance for a cocktail ensemble. It's a little Xena -- the look is as bold, daring, and stylish as the Warrior Princess herself -- and is perfect for breaking the LBD mold.

The strapless Marchesa gown was the epitome of elegance, with a pleated skirt flowing from an empire waist. And as for that Bonnie Cashin bolero... who needs fur when you can have turkey feathers? (And who knew turkey feathers could be so beautiful?) The way the cropped, feathered jacket fluttered down the runway, floating on the gentle wind goes to show the incredible craftsmanship and imagination that went into this piece. Despite the simple color palette with these looks, they were as extravagant as ever.

Continue reading for some highlights from Emma Berg's collection.

 

Emma Berg's Fall/Winter 2013 collection, aptly named YY (Yin-Yang), showed how closely opposites can attract, and just how attractive they can be together. With her 18-piece collection on display for the first and last time in its entirety, the crowd at the MIA was witness to quite the sartorial treat. Berg's collection used various accessories from Stephanie Lake Jewelry and avant-garde masks by Jesse Draxler to accent her pieces.

Emma Berg
Emma Berg
Chris McDuffie

The structured red crop top combines both playful and sophisticated elements with a sultry satin sheen. The gold skirt does the same, mixing fabrics and hemlines for a playful look that gives a cheeky nod to modesty with a swathe of mesh and a satin hem on the bottom.

Peplum has come back in a big way, and Berg gave her own take with this gold peplum top. She also mixes both metallic colors and prints here for a bold, but ever-sleek look that's perfectly accented by Stephanie Lake's oversized sunburst pendant.

Emma Berg
Emma Berg
Chris McDuffie

The crop top reigned supreme in a few of Berg's looks. The fuzzy, black velvet delight with gold satin cuffs was the perfect cold weather crop top (yes, that sounds like an oxymoron, but it was surprising how much it worked). The floral skirt paired with the top only further emphasized the wintery nature of the velvet against the spring-like flowers -- the true embodiment of the collection's yin-yang namesake.


To see all the looks from the collection visit our slideshow.

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