Chic Chicago:
Couture Treasures from the Chicago History Museum

September 27, 2008, through July 26, 2009
Opens to the public on September 27, 2008 at 12:00 Noon.

"Chicago may be a man's town, but its history is emblazoned with the names of women—women whose spirit or charm or accomplishments lent an air of splendor to the sprawling lustiness of the city."
Norma Lee Browning, Chicago Tribune, 1948

From its inception, Chicago was cast as a crude and grimy upstart, a place of blood and smoke, congestion and pollution. Chicago's negative reputations—Hog Butcher for the World, Gangland, Second City—persist today, captured in popular culture.

Eager to overcome this gritty reputation, generations of Chicago women turned to the glamour of couture. Fashion, they believed, was the most dramatic way to prove Chicago's beauty and sophistication.

Chic Chicago presents the hallmarks of modern fashion. The exhibition's extraordinary garments date from 1861 to 2004 and represent the most prominent couturiers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Each gown has a strong connection to Chicago and belongs to the Museum's permanent collection.

spotted at the chicago history museum



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The details: Email us a drawing or description of the perfect CL and SMC collabo. You must be specific and keep in mind the direction and culture of both brands. The best idea wins the earrings, and may get the opportunity to see the concept come to fruition!
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