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 the beauty and historical integrity of each piece will be protected and preserved. The Costume Council is proud to present what has grown to be one of the world’s premier collections, with pieces dating from the 1720s to today.
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With over 50,000 costumes and textile artifacts from the mid-18th century to the present, the Chicago History Museum Costume Collection is the second largest in the world and one of the nation’s most complete repositories of fashion. Using a common thread to tell an uncommon story, our collections are woven into the very fabric of our city’s vibrant history. The breadth of our collection reflects the rise of Chicago as well as the dressmakers, milliners, and manufacturers who made our city their home. Worn by former presidents and first ladies, sports stars, celebrities or everyday people, each piece is a reflection of our connection to Chicago.

05/01/2020
Virtual tour of Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams

Fascinating inside look at the DIOR exhibit.

If you are usually one to spend your weekends visiting exhibitions and soaking up culture, then you may be feeling at a bit of a loss this month, as we all s...

03/09/2020
The Business of Fashion

A true visionary and talented man.

Jean Paul Gaultier captivated the fashion world throughout his 50 year career, before bidding farewell to the haute couture runway last month. Learn more about the designer's journey in fashion: https://bit.ly/2U3S82L

An event not to be missed, mark your calendar fashionistas !!
02/24/2020

An event not to be missed, mark your calendar fashionistas !!

What is the piece of clothing you have to have this spring season?#springfashion #designer #womensfashion #runwayfashion...
02/16/2020

What is the piece of clothing you have to have this spring season?
#springfashion #designer #womensfashion #runwayfashion #designer #costumecouncil

Very sad, I was always looking forward to see his new show every season.
01/18/2020
The Business of Fashion

Very sad, I was always looking forward to see his new show every season.

Just in, Jean Paul Gaultier has announced his next show will be his last.

The relationship between illustrator and fashion designer can be very important when the illustrator has to visualize th...
01/11/2020

The relationship between illustrator and fashion designer can be very important when the illustrator has to visualize the concept and idea of the designer, then the sketches can be send to pattern makers to make it a reality.

Designer: Charles James 1906-1978
Illustrator: Antonio Lopez 1943-1987

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12/31/2019
The Business of Fashion

Fascinating look at the making of the "Red Rose"gown from Alexander McQueen.
#couture #alexandermcqueen #designer #redcarpet #gowns #hautecouture

Sarah Burton's red Rose dress is one of the centrepieces at a new exhibition at Alexander McQueen's flagship store in London. Watch how the dress was created below, and learn more about the creative director here: https://bit.ly/2q6WuuU

"When is fashion crossing the line with bad taste?"Please share your opinion...#fashion #designer #couture #runway #fash...
12/21/2019

"When is fashion crossing the line with bad taste?"
Please share your opinion.
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#fashion #designer #couture #runway #fashionista #ootd #trendsetters #influencers

12/10/2019
JEAN-PAUL GAULTIER: NO MORE SECRETS! by LOIC PRIGENT

Jean Paul Gaultier the crazy genius of French Couture, always innovative and a great sense of humour.
So interesting to listen about the details for each piece in the collection (subtitles in English)
Check it out.

ENGLISH SUBTITLES ARE AVAILABLE! The incredible King of Illusions, Jean-Paul Gaultier invites us to his enormous extravagant office to discuss his latest Hau...

12/05/2019
Métiers d’art 2019/20 Show

CHANEL Métiers d’art 2019/20 new collection.
What do you think?
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#couture #chanel #fashion #fashionista #runway #fashionshow #elegance

All the looks from the ‘Paris — 31 Rue Cambon’ collection by Virginie Viard and CHANEL’s Fashion Métiers d’art presented at the Grand Palais in Paris. See mo...

This should be an interesting exhibit.
11/30/2019

This should be an interesting exhibit.

Suit Yourself: 75 Years of Powerful Style at the Drexel University Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania through March 13, 2020.
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Drexel University's Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection (FHCC) of the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design will showcase the many revolving styles of women’s suits with its exhibition Suit Yourself! 75 Years of Powerful Style.
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The exhibition will feature elegant ensembles crafted by Gilbert Adrian in the 1940s; iconic Chanel suits embraced by the working women of the 1950s – and reinvented by Karl Lagerfeld. Pantsuits of the 1970s will be on display with a contemporary update by Argent alongside pieces from the “pioneer of power dressing” Giorgio Armani. Alexander McQueen’s masterful Savile Row tailoring will be represented alongside many other celebrated designers.
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Find this exhibition and other fashion events at TheFashionMap.co 🌐
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https://www.thefashionmap.co/the-fashion-map.html#event=34141243
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#MyFashionMap #TheFashionMap #fashionexhibition #fashionexhibit #suit #fashionhistory #fashionmuseum

11/25/2019

With the Holiday Soiree fast approaching, on December 10, this is a friendly reminder to purchase your tickets and join us for what is sure to be a night of joyful celebration!

You can look forward to fabulous food and drink, holiday caroling provided by the Chicago Gay Men's Chorus, and much more!

Look forward to seeing you there.

Josephus Melchior Thimister, the Dutch designer who died of suicide last week at age 57, was, the couturier Ralph Rucci ...
11/25/2019
A Designer’s Suicide and the Clothes He Left Behind

Josephus Melchior Thimister, the Dutch designer who died of suicide last week at age 57, was, the couturier Ralph Rucci said, “the greatest designer of his generation.”....still many people don't even know who he was.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/20/style/josephus-thimister-dead.html?fbclid=IwAR0ZCiTT9Kpa5hMcpCpgk28ifj1qpl6L34gDmWcM_RWimqsO1veghFuJfrk

Josephus Thimister died last week. You probably don’t know who he was. You should.

Have you gotten your tickets yet? For one night only, get an exclusive glimpse from the vault at Paramount Pictures in t...
10/17/2019

Have you gotten your tickets yet? For one night only, get an exclusive glimpse from the vault at Paramount Pictures in this one-of-a-kind lecture at the Chicago History Museum. Tickets are going fast...we hope to see you there!

Monday, October 21 at 6PM
Tickets are $65 and include a cocktail reception and hors d'oeuvres.

05/15/2019

"Shall We Dance" the opening night gala of Silver Screen to Mainstream: American Fashion in the 1930's and 40's.

Costume Council of the Chicago History Museum's cover photo
03/07/2019

Costume Council of the Chicago History Museum's cover photo

Costume Council of the Chicago History Museum's cover photo
03/07/2019

Costume Council of the Chicago History Museum's cover photo

Save the Date! Join us on Friday, April 5 for Shall We Dance, the opening night gala of Silvercreen to Mainstream: Ameri...
02/21/2019

Save the Date! Join us on Friday, April 5 for Shall We Dance, the opening night gala of Silvercreen to Mainstream: American Fashion in the 1930's and 40's. The Hollywood and ballroom dance inspired evening will feature a champagne reception, silent auction and exhibition viewing, elegant dinner, and dancing to the tunes of Micheal Lerich and His Orchestra. Registration will open soon, so stay tuned....

Chicago History Museum
02/19/2019

Chicago History Museum

The passing of Karl Lagerfeld marks the end of a sartorial era. Having worked at Pierre Balmain and Jean Patou and freelanced at Krizia, Ballantyne, Charles Jourdan, and Chloé, he was creative director of CHANEL since 1983 and Fendi since 1965. Lagerfeld was known for identifying a brand’s visual trademarks and reinterpreting them for contemporary consumers. This Chanel cocktail dress (c. 1987) combines his design vision with the house’s youthful and flirty spirit. It also marks the shift from full-length gowns to short dresses for evening wear during the mid to late 1980s. https://bit.ly/2ImqD1y

Announcing our 2019 costume exhibition! Silver Screen to Mainstream: American Fashion in the 1930's and 40's will showca...
01/28/2019

Announcing our 2019 costume exhibition! Silver Screen to Mainstream: American Fashion in the 1930's and 40's will showcase fashions from Paris, New York, Chicago, and Hollywood. The exhibition tracks how the silver screen’s glamorous reach extended to all classes during this era. It tells a tale of making it big, making do, and maintaining appearances during a tumultuous era in American history. Featuring 30 garments by designers such as Gabrielle Chanel, Madeleine Vionnet, Valentina, Paul du Pont, Howard Greer, and Adrian, we'll be introduced to a time when sophisticated design lent a perception of stability as the nation grappled with its reinvention. Guest curated by Virginia Heaven. On public view from Monday, April 8, 2019 - Tuesday, January 21, 2020.

Registration is now open for the Presidents’ Circle Honors Award 2018 Celebrating Jason Wu. The luncheon will feature th...
10/26/2018

Registration is now open for the Presidents’ Circle Honors Award 2018 Celebrating Jason Wu. The luncheon will feature the designer in conversation with J.P. Anderson, Editor-in-Chief of Michigan Avenue. We hope to see you there! Special thanks to our media sponsor CS Modern Luxury. Register here: https://www.chicagohistory.org/event/jasonwu/

The 3rd annual Chicago Men's Fashion Awards was a wonderful way to start our fall season of programs. Check out all the ...
09/20/2018
Candid Candace

The 3rd annual Chicago Men's Fashion Awards was a wonderful way to start our fall season of programs. Check out all the details below. Thanks for the fantastic coverage, Candace Jordan!

THE COLUMN! The Costume Council of the Chicago History Museum hosted its 3rd annual #MensFashionAwards! Check out all the chic deets here in the Chicago Tribune: https://trib.in/2QDFqVP

09/06/2018
The Jam TV Show

Are you coming to next week's Chicago Men's Fashion Awards 2018? Co-chair, Maggie Morgan, and CHM's Manager of Auxiliary Relations, Ishan Johnson had the opportunity to speak on this fantastic event on WCIU's The Jam TV Show this morning. Tickets are still available and can be purchased here: https://www.chicagohistory.org/event/chicagomensfashionawards/

Calling all fashionistos! The Chicago Men's Fashion Awards 2018 are next week and they're showing off the latest men's fashion trends in the city.

The Page! Thanks again, Candace Jordan.
06/16/2018

The Page! Thanks again, Candace Jordan.

THE PAGE! Check out all the chic-ness at the Costume Council of the Chicago History Museum luncheon with design star Brian Atwood! Congrats to co-chairs Yolanda Stemer, Melissa Skoog Dunagan and #ToniCanada on a very stylish afternoon benefiting the Museum's costume collection, one of the world's largest, and its upcoming exhibitions! See more pics, read complete column HERE: https://trib.in/2Mq0XPC

Read below to learn more about this ensemble by Patrick Kelly, one of the featured designers in our record-breaking Insp...
06/15/2018

Read below to learn more about this ensemble by Patrick Kelly, one of the featured designers in our record-breaking Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair exhibition.

Born in Vicksburg, Mississippi, in 1954, Patrick Kelly ran a boutique in Atlanta before moving to Paris, where he started selling clothes on the street. His flamboyant designs captured attention, and in 1988, he became the first American member of the Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode / Paris Fashion Week. This cotton ensemble (1988) from our collection illustrates how Kelly’s lively designs celebrated his southern roots. He achieved the dramatic shaping with shoulder pads and a peplum. #PrideMonth #FashionFriday

Thank you all for expressing interest in A Spring Luncheon with Brian Atwood. We are proud to say that we're sold out! I...
05/24/2018

Thank you all for expressing interest in A Spring Luncheon with Brian Atwood. We are proud to say that we're sold out! If you missed us this time around, we hope you join us for an event in the near future.

Only 40 seats remain for our next major event, A Spring Luncheon with Brian Atwood. Will we see you at CHM on 5/30? Spec...
05/10/2018

Only 40 seats remain for our next major event, A Spring Luncheon with Brian Atwood. Will we see you at CHM on 5/30? Special thanks to our media sponsor, Chicago magazine, and major in-kind support from A Perfect Event and Moët & Chandon. Get your tickets today!

https://www.chicagohistory.org/event/brianatwood/

Registration is now open for A Spring Luncheon with Brian Atwood. Join us for the premiere fashion event of the season! ...
04/18/2018
A Spring Luncheon with Brian Atwood - Chicago History Museum

Registration is now open for A Spring Luncheon with Brian Atwood. Join us for the premiere fashion event of the season! Click below to learn more and to purchase your ticket.

https://www.chicagohistory.org/event/brianatwood/

The Costume Council of the Chicago History Museum invites you to join us for a luncheon with noted shoe designer, Brian Atwood. He will be joined for a conversation about his life and career with Susanna Homan, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of Chicago Magazine.

Lookout this week for the opportunity to register for our May 30 luncheon with the one and only Brian Atwood. More detai...
04/16/2018

Lookout this week for the opportunity to register for our May 30 luncheon with the one and only Brian Atwood. More details are on the way.....

We're proud to announce our next major event! Please join us on Wednesday, May 30, for A Spring Luncheon with Brian Atwo...
03/27/2018

We're proud to announce our next major event! Please join us on Wednesday, May 30, for A Spring Luncheon with Brian Atwood. He will join us for a reception, luncheon, and conversation with Susanna Homan, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of Chicago magazine. This is the priority spring fashion event you don't want to miss!

The Council wishes to extend thanks to Chicago magazine for serving as our media sponsor, and to Moët & Chandon, Food For Thought, and A Perfect Event for their in-kind support. We hope to see you at CHM on May 30!

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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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