Garland's gowns Dresses Australia on http://www.dpmp.com.au/party-dresses.html" href="http://www.dpmp.com.au/party-dresses.html">http://www.dpmp.com.au/party-dresses.html display During the fifth annual judy garland festival this weekend, collector michaelSiewert willShowcase 17 of the actress' gowns.The traveling exhibit's minneapolis debut will include the finale dress from"Easter parade"ThatSiewert bought from debbie reynolds and the red velvet gown that garland wore in"Meet me inSt.Louis"WhenSheSang"Have yourself a merry little christmas. "There's also a twopiece dressShe woreSeveral times, including to her fourth wedding, dubbed the"Pineapple renaissance gown"By its designer, bob mackie.Siewert refers to it as"A bedspread, because it's quilted and weighs a ton with all the beading on it. "Since garland was just 4 feet 11 and 95 pounds, the dresses and mannequins all fit intoSiewert'sSportutility vehicle, which he'll drive from augusta, ga., to Minnesota for the event.Of course, the trip would be a lot faster if he had a pair of rubySlippers.S. (Great lakes boardroom, fourth floor), Mpls., $10 admission. Q Adele Wechsler, ecowedding designerDesigner Adele Wechsler is known for wedding gowns that areSimple, elegant and organic.She'll be in town for an event on Thursday, highlighting green wedding options. Originally fromSouth Africa, Wechsler called us from her headquarters in Toronto.Q why ecobridal? A Though a dress needs to be beautiful andStunning, it also needs toSay more. It's a wonderful opportunity to make aStatement about yourself.Q what does ecoconscious design mean for your collection? A I incorporated fabrics that are moreSustainable organic hemps andSilks that areSustainable, made with vegetable dyes at mills that recycle the water instead of pumping refuse into rivers andStreams.We also use fair trade labor and produce in north america.Q any trends you're excited about?A we've introduced the chrysalis collection, the idea of being able to have a metamorphosis. Brides can wearShort, but they attach aSkirtSo they have a traditional experience of being in a gown. At the reception, you can remove the bigSkirt and end up with aShort,Sassy number and not be encumbered by all this fabric. Or you can keep the ball gownSkirt and put it with a colorful bustier, and use theShorter dress another time.It's actually great for a practical bride because it's not a onetime dress.Q what's your advice for picking the dress?A try to maintain your personality and who you are.Don't lose yourself in a poof of fabric. Look for a dress that enhances yourSilhouette and doesn't take over. In the end, you want you toShine.Q what did you wear when you got married? A I was married at 21,So I quicklySketched up my dress on aScrap of paper. It was organza with a windowpane check on it and a bigSleeve with a collar in front and in the back. You couldSee right through it and I knew I'd get a bodySuit made.But i tried it on for my mom and forgot to mention that fact.She didn't want toSay anything, but the next morningShe came in andSaid, "Adele, I have to tell you that your dress isSeethrough. " I told her thatShe didn't have to worry. Meet designer Adele Wechsler, watch updo demonstrations, eat confections from Coco Fig,See floral displays from Indulge Bloom and browse wedding invitations by Hanke Panke Paper Plus Design.SALES AND EVENTSAdele Wechsler Bridal trunkShow:The designer's organic wedding gown Short Wedding Dresses Australia collection will be available for bridestobe.Get 15 percent off purchases made during the event. John FriedaStyle OnSiteSalon Tour: Get a freeStylingSession with celebrity hairstylist Harry Josh and the team from John Frieda.Drop by for a 15minute complimentary appointment.Then check out an onsite bcbgmaxazria miniboutique.Baby grand opening party: Meet local designers Angela Anderson fromSnowy Owl, Alisha Perkins from Cakes and Beans, Jenni Thompson fromSnuggleboo and Julie Povolny from Baby Cakes. There will be free professional blackandwhite photos of kids, gift card drawings,Special orders on diaper bags, andSnacks from Crave.