Costume Council of the Chicago History Museum

Costume Council of the Chicago History Museum Our purpose is to support the Chicago History Museum as a leader in the documentation and interpretation of the history and the art of costume.

Founded by Mrs. Phillip K. Wrigley in April 1974, the purpose of the Costume Council is to support the Chicago History Museum as a leader in the documentation and interpretation of the history and the art of costume. Through the Costume Council’s efforts, the Museum has been able to maintain and grow a thriving collection. The support they provide helps the Museum’s Conservation Lab ensure that th

Founded by Mrs. Phillip K. Wrigley in April 1974, the purpose of the Costume Council is to support the Chicago History Museum as a leader in the documentation and interpretation of the history and the art of costume. Through the Costume Council’s efforts, the Museum has been able to maintain and grow a thriving collection. The support they provide helps the Museum’s Conservation Lab ensure that th

The event of the season is happening now ‼️ we hope to see you all there along with Peter Billmeyer and his fellow #CMFA...
09/24/2021

The event of the season is happening now ‼️ we hope to see you all there along with Peter Billmeyer and his fellow #CMFA nominees.

#ChicagoMensFashionAwards #CMFA #CostumeCouncil #chicagohistorymuseum

The event of the season is happening now ‼️ we hope to see you all there along with Peter Billmeyer and his fellow #CMFA nominees.

#ChicagoMensFashionAwards #CMFA #CostumeCouncil #chicagohistorymuseum

Today is the day ‼️ this is your last chance to purchase tickets to the 2021 Chicago Men’s Fashion awards at the beautif...
09/23/2021

Today is the day ‼️ this is your last chance to purchase tickets to the 2021 Chicago Men’s Fashion awards at the beautiful, newly renovated outdoor plaza at The Chicago History Museum.

Grant McNamara is one of this years nominees - representing Chicago’s best dressed men of 2021. Come meet the nominees and enjoy great food and drink this evening!

#ChicagoMensFashionAwards #CMFA #CostumeCouncil #chicagohistorymuseum

Today is the day ‼️ this is your last chance to purchase tickets to the 2021 Chicago Men’s Fashion awards at the beautiful, newly renovated outdoor plaza at The Chicago History Museum.

Grant McNamara is one of this years nominees - representing Chicago’s best dressed men of 2021. Come meet the nominees and enjoy great food and drink this evening!

#ChicagoMensFashionAwards #CMFA #CostumeCouncil #chicagohistorymuseum

Plans tomorrow night? Hopefully we will see you at the Men’ Fashion Awards where you can meet Ge Wang along with his fel...
09/23/2021

Plans tomorrow night? Hopefully we will see you at the Men’ Fashion Awards where you can meet Ge Wang along with his fellow nominees!

Tickets are available using the link in our bio. Friendly reminder that space is limited so be sure to get yours before they sell out!

#ChicagoMensFashionAwards #CMFA #CostumeCouncil #chicagohistorymuseum

Plans tomorrow night? Hopefully we will see you at the Men’ Fashion Awards where you can meet Ge Wang along with his fellow nominees!

Tickets are available using the link in our bio. Friendly reminder that space is limited so be sure to get yours before they sell out!

#ChicagoMensFashionAwards #CMFA #CostumeCouncil #chicagohistorymuseum

Next #CMFA 2021 nominee is Fernado Duarte 👏🏼 What are you waiting for!? Tickets for the Chicago Men’s Fashion Awards are...
09/22/2021

Next #CMFA 2021 nominee is Fernado Duarte 👏🏼

What are you waiting for!? Tickets for the Chicago Men’s Fashion Awards are still available, but space is limited.

#ChicagoMensFashionAwards #CMFA #CostumeCouncil #chicagohistorymuseum

Next #CMFA 2021 nominee is Fernado Duarte 👏🏼

What are you waiting for!? Tickets for the Chicago Men’s Fashion Awards are still available, but space is limited.

#ChicagoMensFashionAwards #CMFA #CostumeCouncil #chicagohistorymuseum

A little #sundayfunday with our next #CMFA nominee: Imran Khan 🎩We’re in the final countdown until the main event this T...
09/20/2021

A little #sundayfunday with our next #CMFA nominee: Imran Khan 🎩

We’re in the final countdown until the main event this Thursday. Have you gotten your tickets? If not, click the #linkinbio ASAP

#ChicagoMensFashionAwards #CMFA #CostumeCouncil #ChicagoHistoryMuseum

A little #sundayfunday with our next #CMFA nominee: Imran Khan 🎩

We’re in the final countdown until the main event this Thursday. Have you gotten your tickets? If not, click the #linkinbio ASAP

#ChicagoMensFashionAwards #CMFA #CostumeCouncil #ChicagoHistoryMuseum

The countdown the the 2021 Men’s Fashion Awards continues with none other than Kevin Boehm!Tickets to the event are sell...
09/17/2021

The countdown the the 2021 Men’s Fashion Awards continues with none other than Kevin Boehm!

Tickets to the event are selling fast and available for purchase here 👉🏽 http://www.chicagohistory.org/chicago-mens-fashion-awards-2021/

#ChicagoMensFashionAwards #CMFA #CostumeCouncil #ChicagoHistoryMuseum

The countdown the the 2021 Men’s Fashion Awards continues with none other than Kevin Boehm!

Tickets to the event are selling fast and available for purchase here 👉🏽 http://www.chicagohistory.org/chicago-mens-fashion-awards-2021/

#ChicagoMensFashionAwards #CMFA #CostumeCouncil #ChicagoHistoryMuseum

Let’s bring in the new week with our next #CMFA nominee: Brendan Fernandes. There’s still time to get your tickets to th...
09/14/2021

Let’s bring in the new week with our next #CMFA nominee: Brendan Fernandes.

There’s still time to get your tickets to the 2021 CMFAs hosted @chicagomuseum on Thursday, September 23 from 6-8:30PM

Tickets are available here https://www.chicagohistory.org/chicago-mens-fashion-awards-2021/

#ChicagoMensFashionAwards #CMFA #CostumeCouncil #ChicagoHistoryMuseum

Let’s bring in the new week with our next #CMFA nominee: Brendan Fernandes.

There’s still time to get your tickets to the 2021 CMFAs hosted @chicagomuseum on Thursday, September 23 from 6-8:30PM

Tickets are available here https://www.chicagohistory.org/chicago-mens-fashion-awards-2021/

#ChicagoMensFashionAwards #CMFA #CostumeCouncil #ChicagoHistoryMuseum

The next Chicago Men’s Fashion Awards nominee announcement continues with none other than Shawn Frank ‼️ Join us Thursda...
09/11/2021

The next Chicago Men’s Fashion Awards nominee announcement continues with none other than Shawn Frank ‼️

Join us Thursday, September 23, from 6-8:30PM at the Chicago History Museum for a night of recognition and appreciation for Chicago’s most fashionable men.

Tickets are available here: https://www.chicagohistory.org/chicago-mens-fashion-awards-2021/

#ChicagoMensFashionAwards #CMFA #CostumeCouncil #ChicagoHistoryMuseum

The next Chicago Men’s Fashion Awards nominee announcement continues with none other than Shawn Frank ‼️

Join us Thursday, September 23, from 6-8:30PM at the Chicago History Museum for a night of recognition and appreciation for Chicago’s most fashionable men.

Tickets are available here: https://www.chicagohistory.org/chicago-mens-fashion-awards-2021/

#ChicagoMensFashionAwards #CMFA #CostumeCouncil #ChicagoHistoryMuseum

The Costume Collection Spotlights are back! And what better way to welcome them back than with a stunning Halston evenin...
09/10/2021

The Costume Collection Spotlights are back! And what better way to welcome them back than with a stunning Halston evening dress. Enjoy!

Halston (American, 1932-1990)

Gift of Mrs. Lynne Goldblatt-Durocher

This red, silk jersey evening dress features a sleek, one-shoulder style with a dramatic full-length sleeve. A tie on the left hip cinches at the waist, creating a form-fitting, draped silhouette. The dress was purchased in Chicago at I. Magnin in 1976, during the most successful decade of Halston’s career.

Roy Halston was born in Des Moines, Iowa and later moved to Chicago to attend the School of the Art Institute. While there, he began designing women’s hats, and in 1957, he opened a milliner’s studio on Michigan Avenue. He later relocated to New York City to become the head milliner for Bergdorf Goodman, where his fame rose as the designer of the pill box hat Jacqueline Kennedy wore to her husband’s presidential inauguration. In the late 1960s, Halston made the transition to womenswear, opening his first boutique on Madison Avenue. He favored soft, luxurious fabrics and had a minimalist, sophisticated style that attracted a glamourous clientele, including Bianca Jagger, Liza Minnelli, Anjelica Huston, and Elizabeth Taylor. Halston died in 1990 of AIDS-related cancer.

The donor, Lynne Goldblatt-Durocher (née Walker), was born in 1928 in Chicago and worked as an actress, singer, and talk show host. Her first marriage was to Joel Goldblatt of the Goldblatt Bros. department stores, and her second marriage was to Leo Durocher, manager of the Chicago Cubs. She wore this dress with silver sandals, diamond and pearl jewelry, and a fur wrap to the Chicago Lyric Opera opening and the Big Brothers Charity Ball, both in 1976. She was on the list of the Chicago Ten in the 1950s and the Best Dressed List of the Chicago Sun Times newspaper poll. She passed away in 2017.

The Costume Collection Spotlights are back! And what better way to welcome them back than with a stunning Halston evening dress. Enjoy!

Halston (American, 1932-1990)

Gift of Mrs. Lynne Goldblatt-Durocher

This red, silk jersey evening dress features a sleek, one-shoulder style with a dramatic full-length sleeve. A tie on the left hip cinches at the waist, creating a form-fitting, draped silhouette. The dress was purchased in Chicago at I. Magnin in 1976, during the most successful decade of Halston’s career.

Roy Halston was born in Des Moines, Iowa and later moved to Chicago to attend the School of the Art Institute. While there, he began designing women’s hats, and in 1957, he opened a milliner’s studio on Michigan Avenue. He later relocated to New York City to become the head milliner for Bergdorf Goodman, where his fame rose as the designer of the pill box hat Jacqueline Kennedy wore to her husband’s presidential inauguration. In the late 1960s, Halston made the transition to womenswear, opening his first boutique on Madison Avenue. He favored soft, luxurious fabrics and had a minimalist, sophisticated style that attracted a glamourous clientele, including Bianca Jagger, Liza Minnelli, Anjelica Huston, and Elizabeth Taylor. Halston died in 1990 of AIDS-related cancer.

The donor, Lynne Goldblatt-Durocher (née Walker), was born in 1928 in Chicago and worked as an actress, singer, and talk show host. Her first marriage was to Joel Goldblatt of the Goldblatt Bros. department stores, and her second marriage was to Leo Durocher, manager of the Chicago Cubs. She wore this dress with silver sandals, diamond and pearl jewelry, and a fur wrap to the Chicago Lyric Opera opening and the Big Brothers Charity Ball, both in 1976. She was on the list of the Chicago Ten in the 1950s and the Best Dressed List of the Chicago Sun Times newspaper poll. She passed away in 2017.

The countdown to the 2021 Chicago Men's Fashion Awards begins! From now until the event on September 23, we will highlig...
09/09/2021

The countdown to the 2021 Chicago Men's Fashion Awards begins! From now until the event on September 23, we will highlighting this years nominees.

First up Diggy Moreland 🙌

Tickets to the event are available here: https://www.chicagohistory.org/chicago-mens-fashion-awards-2021/

#ChicagoMensFashionAwards #CMFA #costumecouncil #chicagohistorymuseum

The countdown to the 2021 Chicago Men's Fashion Awards begins! From now until the event on September 23, we will highlighting this years nominees.

First up Diggy Moreland 🙌

Tickets to the event are available here: https://www.chicagohistory.org/chicago-mens-fashion-awards-2021/

#ChicagoMensFashionAwards #CMFA #costumecouncil #chicagohistorymuseum

𝐉𝐎𝐈𝐍 𝐔𝐒 𝐅𝐎𝐑 𝐎𝐔𝐑 𝐕𝐈𝐑𝐓𝐔𝐀𝐋 𝐃𝐎𝐍𝐎𝐑 𝐀𝐔𝐂𝐓𝐈𝐎𝐍!The Head-to-Toe Donor Auction is around the corner, and we hope you will join us o...
07/24/2021

𝐉𝐎𝐈𝐍 𝐔𝐒 𝐅𝐎𝐑 𝐎𝐔𝐑 𝐕𝐈𝐑𝐓𝐔𝐀𝐋 𝐃𝐎𝐍𝐎𝐑 𝐀𝐔𝐂𝐓𝐈𝐎𝐍!
The Head-to-Toe Donor Auction is around the corner, and we hope you will join us online for this wonderful fundraiser to support the Costume Council of the Chicago History Museum.

We want to thank our generous donors who have given their fashion and finery to support our ongoing preservation efforts at the Museum. Without your support this auction would not be a success!

If you still want a chance to support the Costume Council, please visit EBTH.com the week of October 11th-17th for the virtual auction or download the app. A treasure hunt not to be missed!

*Items in the auction are not associated with the Costume Council of CHM collection. Items pictured are from previous EBTH auctions, and will not appear in this auction.

#chicagocostumecouncil #chm #donorauction #fashion #art #housewares #ebth #headtotoe #costumecouncil #charity #preservation #support #thankyoudonors

𝐉𝐎𝐈𝐍 𝐔𝐒 𝐅𝐎𝐑 𝐎𝐔𝐑 𝐕𝐈𝐑𝐓𝐔𝐀𝐋 𝐃𝐎𝐍𝐎𝐑 𝐀𝐔𝐂𝐓𝐈𝐎𝐍!
The Head-to-Toe Donor Auction is around the corner, and we hope you will join us online for this wonderful fundraiser to support the Costume Council of the Chicago History Museum.

We want to thank our generous donors who have given their fashion and finery to support our ongoing preservation efforts at the Museum. Without your support this auction would not be a success!

If you still want a chance to support the Costume Council, please visit EBTH.com the week of October 11th-17th for the virtual auction or download the app. A treasure hunt not to be missed!

*Items in the auction are not associated with the Costume Council of CHM collection. Items pictured are from previous EBTH auctions, and will not appear in this auction.

#chicagocostumecouncil #chm #donorauction #fashion #art #housewares #ebth #headtotoe #costumecouncil #charity #preservation #support #thankyoudonors

𝐒𝐀𝐕𝐄 𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐃𝐀𝐓𝐄! 𝐃𝐎𝐍𝐎𝐑 𝐀𝐔𝐂𝐓𝐈𝐎𝐍 𝐂𝐀𝐋𝐋 𝐅𝐎𝐑 𝐄𝐍𝐓𝐑𝐈𝐄𝐒 𝐒𝐓𝐈𝐋𝐋 𝐎𝐏𝐄𝐍!Join us in gathering fashion, housewares, artwork and finery as...
07/14/2021

𝐒𝐀𝐕𝐄 𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐃𝐀𝐓𝐄! 𝐃𝐎𝐍𝐎𝐑 𝐀𝐔𝐂𝐓𝐈𝐎𝐍 𝐂𝐀𝐋𝐋 𝐅𝐎𝐑 𝐄𝐍𝐓𝐑𝐈𝐄𝐒 𝐒𝐓𝐈𝐋𝐋 𝐎𝐏𝐄𝐍!

Join us in gathering fashion, housewares, artwork and finery as the Costume Council puts together a donor auction to support ongoing preservation efforts.

We would love to hear from you and please feel free to let your family and friends know that we are accepting donations for auction on EBTH.COM with all proceeds to benefit the Costume Council! You can email: [email protected] or DM us with your interest and requests.

The auction submission deadline is Monday, August 2nd.

If you don’t have anything to donate, please also feel free to check out the auction when it is live from October 11th-17th on EBTH.com or in their mobile app. Thank you for your continued support! @ebth

*Items in the auction are not associated with the Costume Council of CHM collection. Items pictured are from previous EBTH auctions, and will not appear in this auction.

#chicagocostumecouncil #chm #donorauction #fashion #art #housewares #ebth #headtotoe #costumecouncil #charity #preservation #support #thankyoudonors

𝐒𝐀𝐕𝐄 𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐃𝐀𝐓𝐄! 𝐃𝐎𝐍𝐎𝐑 𝐀𝐔𝐂𝐓𝐈𝐎𝐍 𝐂𝐀𝐋𝐋 𝐅𝐎𝐑 𝐄𝐍𝐓𝐑𝐈𝐄𝐒 𝐒𝐓𝐈𝐋𝐋 𝐎𝐏𝐄𝐍!

Join us in gathering fashion, housewares, artwork and finery as the Costume Council puts together a donor auction to support ongoing preservation efforts.

We would love to hear from you and please feel free to let your family and friends know that we are accepting donations for auction on EBTH.COM with all proceeds to benefit the Costume Council! You can email: [email protected] or DM us with your interest and requests.

The auction submission deadline is Monday, August 2nd.

If you don’t have anything to donate, please also feel free to check out the auction when it is live from October 11th-17th on EBTH.com or in their mobile app. Thank you for your continued support! @ebth

*Items in the auction are not associated with the Costume Council of CHM collection. Items pictured are from previous EBTH auctions, and will not appear in this auction.

#chicagocostumecouncil #chm #donorauction #fashion #art #housewares #ebth #headtotoe #costumecouncil #charity #preservation #support #thankyoudonors

A Costume Collection Spotlight that needs no further introduction…André Courrèges (French, 1923-2016)Gift of Terri D’Anc...
07/01/2021

A Costume Collection Spotlight that needs no further introduction…

André Courrèges (French, 1923-2016)

Gift of Terri D’Ancona

This evening jump-suit of black silk is covered in shiny, black, plastic sequins and is edged in black satin ribbon. It has a high, bib neckline; a lowcut, open back; and long, wide pants. Terri D'Ancona, a former Chicago model and Oak Street boutique owner, purchased this sexy, figure-hugging jump-suit at the Courrèges boutique in 1978, the year it opened in Water Tower Place.

André Courrèges graduated with a degree in engineering before studying fashion and textile design. He spent ten years working for the House of Balenciaga, where he developed his cutting skills, before setting out on his own in 1961. His first collections had a futuristic bent and featured simple but innovative designs. He often paired his ensembles with low-heeled, white ankle boots, which eventually evolved into the notorious go-go boot. A few years later, he boldly presented mini dresses with cut-out midriffs and backs. Along with Mary Quant, Courrèges is credited for bringing the mini into the world of fashion and into acceptance as a normal style of the 1960s and beyond.

Courrèges was an early adopter of trousers for women, and preferred a sleek, body-conscious style. He was not an admirer of shapeware, including bras and corsets, and many of his garments were designed to be worn with very little underneath. This jump-suit, which leaves little to the imagination, is a perfect example of this viewpoint. The brand evolved and even changed hands a few times over the years, and although Courrèges retired in 1995, he and his wife remained at the helm until they sold the line in 2011.

#courreges #courrèges #courregesvintage #chm #chicagohistory #chicagohistorymuseum

A Costume Collection Spotlight that needs no further introduction…

André Courrèges (French, 1923-2016)

Gift of Terri D’Ancona

This evening jump-suit of black silk is covered in shiny, black, plastic sequins and is edged in black satin ribbon. It has a high, bib neckline; a lowcut, open back; and long, wide pants. Terri D'Ancona, a former Chicago model and Oak Street boutique owner, purchased this sexy, figure-hugging jump-suit at the Courrèges boutique in 1978, the year it opened in Water Tower Place.

André Courrèges graduated with a degree in engineering before studying fashion and textile design. He spent ten years working for the House of Balenciaga, where he developed his cutting skills, before setting out on his own in 1961. His first collections had a futuristic bent and featured simple but innovative designs. He often paired his ensembles with low-heeled, white ankle boots, which eventually evolved into the notorious go-go boot. A few years later, he boldly presented mini dresses with cut-out midriffs and backs. Along with Mary Quant, Courrèges is credited for bringing the mini into the world of fashion and into acceptance as a normal style of the 1960s and beyond.

Courrèges was an early adopter of trousers for women, and preferred a sleek, body-conscious style. He was not an admirer of shapeware, including bras and corsets, and many of his garments were designed to be worn with very little underneath. This jump-suit, which leaves little to the imagination, is a perfect example of this viewpoint. The brand evolved and even changed hands a few times over the years, and although Courrèges retired in 1995, he and his wife remained at the helm until they sold the line in 2011.

#courreges #courrèges #courregesvintage #chm #chicagohistory #chicagohistorymuseum

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The costume holdings, which includes articles of dress connected to Chicagoans (including items made by Chicago's dressmakers, milliners, and manufacturers) as well as examples of early American attire, is comprised of well over 50,000 objects, including men's, women's, and children's clothing, and accessories. The earliest costume pieces, dating from the 18th century, include suits worn by George Washington (1793) and John Adams (c. 1780). The collection also has a number of items that belonged to Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln, as well as clothing worn by prominent Chicagoans, including items such as former Mayor Jane Byrne's inaugural suit (1979), Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls uniform (1989), and gospel singer Mahalia Jackson's choir robe (1959). In addition, the Museum has an extensive designer collection ranging from rare examples of Paul Poiret creations to the innovative designs of Yohji Yamamoto.

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