Ginger Rogers: Day of Ginger


April 13, 2024

Hosted by the Missouri Historic Costume and Textile Collection of the Department of Textile and Apparel Management in the College of Arts and Science at the University of Missouri.

Exhibition: “Dressed to Impress”
Film Screening: “Top Hat”
Underwriting Opportunities
Ginger Rogers Collection Highlights
Student Design Highlights

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Legendary Academy-Award winning performer and Missouri native Ginger Rogers (1911-1995) maintained one of the longest successful – and stylish – careers in entertainment successfully transitioning across film, television, stage, and radio while utilizing costume to strategically craft a visually recognizable, one-of-a-kind persona.

The MHCTC’s “Day of Ginger” celebrates this career and a new collection of Rogers costumes and archives through a day of film, exhibition and Golden Gala! Activities also highlight related design scholarship as Textile and Apparel Management at the University of Missouri utilized Rogers’ costume and career to create one-of-a-kind garment designs! Continue below to learn more about “Day of Ginger” activities.

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"Ginger Rogers: Dressed to Impress"

April 13, 2024, 10 a.m.-noon
State Historical Society of Missouri Center for Missouri Studies
605 Elm Street
Free and open to the public

An ambitious pioneering career woman, Ginger Rogers excelled as the queen of dance in motion pictures and maintained a 60-year career in film, television, radio, and on stage! “Ginger Rogers: Dressed to Impress” provides a rare in-person glimpse at Rogers’ clothing from the later years of her solo career now preserved at the MHCTC. Both physical and virtual exhibitions highlight over twelve Rogers garments and numerous apparel designs by TAM students inspired by Ginger’s costume and career!

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Film Screening

"Top Hat"

April 13, 2024, noon-2 p.m.
Forum 8 Theatre, 1209 Forum Katy Parkway
Free and open to the public

Enjoy a free viewing of Ginger Rogers’ and Fred Astaire’s most critically successful film Top Hat from 1935 which inspired multiple garments displayed in the Ginger Rogers exhibition! An American dancer, Jerry Travers (Fred Astaire), comes to London to star in a show produced by the bumbling Horace Hardwick. While practicing a tap dance routine in his hotel bedroom, he awakens Dale Tremont (Ginger Rogers) on the floor below. She storms upstairs to complain, whereupon Jerry falls hopelessly in love with her and proceeds to pursue her all over London.

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Golden Gala

April 13, 2024, 7-10 p.m.
Holiday Inn Executive Center, 2200 Interstate 70 Drive SW

Celebrate MU’s new Ginger Rogers collection and one-of-a-kind student apparel and floral designs amidst the black-tie glamour of Hollywood’s Golden Age when music was catchy, dancing was divine, and fashion was fabulous! Purchase your ticket to enjoy an evening of delicious cuisine, live big band music, ballroom dancing by Mizzou’s Ballroom Dance Club, and one-of-a-kind fashion and floral designs by student designers inspired by Ginger’s costume and career! Floral couture displays by French Master Florist Frédéric Dupré beautify the ballroom! Pre-purchase of tickets or sponsorship required.

The Golden Gala

The Missouri Historic Costume and Textile Collection at the University of Missouri appreciates support from corporate and individual sponsors to continue our mission of preserving Missouri and University history for teaching, research and exhibition! Our “Day of Ginger” sponsors support activities, student education, research and creative scholarship at Mizzou, and further MHCTC engagement in the classroom and in the community! Partial proceeds benefit the Missouri Historic Costume and Textile Collection at the University of Missouri.

Ticket sales and sponsorships are closed, but you can still support The Day of Ginger. For questions regarding underwriting opportunities, please contact:
MU College of Arts and Science
Office of Development
(573) 882-4421.

For event questions, please contact:
MHCTC Curator Ms. Nicole Johnston
(573) 884-5001. ​