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.
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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

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07/24/2021

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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

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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

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07/14/2021

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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

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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…AndrΓ© CourrΓ¨ges (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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06/30/2021

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We are excited to announce the upcoming Head-to-Toe Donor Auction featuring donations from...YOU!

We have the opportunity to partner with Everything But The House - EBTH in an exciting virtual charity auction on their platform. We hope you will join us in donating your fashion, housewares, art and any other items to help us raise money for the Costume Council of the Chicago History Museum’s ongoing preservation efforts.

The call for submissions is open now, and you may submit your interest via email to: [email protected] or DM us with your interest and requests. We look forward to a fabulous auction the week of October 11-17th.

Deadline for donations is Monday, August 2nd.

Thank you for your continued support!

*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

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We are excited to announce the upcoming Head-to-Toe Donor Auction featuring donations from...YOU!

We have the opportunity to partner with Everything But The House - EBTH in an exciting virtual charity auction on their platform. We hope you will join us in donating your fashion, housewares, art and any other items to help us raise money for the Costume Council of the Chicago History Museum’s ongoing preservation efforts.

The call for submissions is open now, and you may submit your interest via email to: [email protected] or DM us with your interest and requests. We look forward to a fabulous auction the week of October 11-17th.

Deadline for donations is Monday, August 2nd.

Thank you for your continued support!

*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 little Ferragamo fun for this Costume Collection SpotlightSalvatore Ferragamo (Italian, 1898-1960)Gift of Carrie Lanno...
06/23/2021

A little Ferragamo fun for this Costume Collection Spotlight

Salvatore Ferragamo (Italian, 1898-1960)

Gift of Carrie Lannon

This sleek, floor-length evening dress of black silk jersey has a halter neckline with a self-fabric tie at the back. It is cut on the bias, has a high slit over the thigh, and the back is open to the waist. It was designed by Salvatore Ferragamo, an international luxury goods company named after its founder.

Salvatore Ferragamo was born in Bonito, Italy, and made his first pair of shoes at the age of nine. After studying shoemaking in Naples and operating a small shop, he emigrated to the United States, where for thirteen years he designed made-to-measure shoes. He returned to Italy, settling in Florence, where he designed luxury shoes for a prominent clientele. By the 1950s, his company employed a workforce of 700 artisans who handcrafted an average of 350 pairs of shoes per day. After his death, the family-run company expanded into handbags, silk accessories, and ready-to-wear clothing lines for men and women.

The donor, Carrie Lannon, wore this dress in 1998 to the Fashion Group International's 13th annual gala at Chicago's Four Season's Hotel. Lannon co-chaired the event, which honored the Ferragamo family for their excellence in fashion and accessory design. The dress was given to her by the Ferragamo family in gratitude for her contributions. Lannon is the Founding Principal of Chicago-based Lannon Consulting, Inc., a communication and branding firm for entrepreneurs

A little Ferragamo fun for this Costume Collection Spotlight

Salvatore Ferragamo (Italian, 1898-1960)

Gift of Carrie Lannon

This sleek, floor-length evening dress of black silk jersey has a halter neckline with a self-fabric tie at the back. It is cut on the bias, has a high slit over the thigh, and the back is open to the waist. It was designed by Salvatore Ferragamo, an international luxury goods company named after its founder.

Salvatore Ferragamo was born in Bonito, Italy, and made his first pair of shoes at the age of nine. After studying shoemaking in Naples and operating a small shop, he emigrated to the United States, where for thirteen years he designed made-to-measure shoes. He returned to Italy, settling in Florence, where he designed luxury shoes for a prominent clientele. By the 1950s, his company employed a workforce of 700 artisans who handcrafted an average of 350 pairs of shoes per day. After his death, the family-run company expanded into handbags, silk accessories, and ready-to-wear clothing lines for men and women.

The donor, Carrie Lannon, wore this dress in 1998 to the Fashion Group International's 13th annual gala at Chicago's Four Season's Hotel. Lannon co-chaired the event, which honored the Ferragamo family for their excellence in fashion and accessory design. The dress was given to her by the Ferragamo family in gratitude for her contributions. Lannon is the Founding Principal of Chicago-based Lannon Consulting, Inc., a communication and branding firm for entrepreneurs

This week’s Costume Collection Spotlight, we’re loving Lanvin ❀️Jeanne Lanvin (French, 1867-1946)Gift of Mrs. Charles S....
06/16/2021

This week’s Costume Collection Spotlight, we’re loving Lanvin ❀️

Jeanne Lanvin (French, 1867-1946)

Gift of Mrs. Charles S. Dewey

This elegant, circa 1927 court dress is fashioned of off-white silk moirΓ© with intricate beaded trim. The off-shoulder neckline is decorated with crystal beads, pearls, and opaque white beads which have been applied to a net backing. The front of the skirt also features a beaded appliquΓ© from the waist to the hem. The ensemble includes a detachable train of matching fabric lined with pink chiffon and a hand fan of white ostrich feathers with mother-of-pearl sticks.

The garment was designed by Jeanne Lanvin, who was well known for creating dropped-waist dresses with wide, full skirts in the 1920s. Lanvin called this silhouette a β€˜robe de style,’ after its resemblance to court dresses of the 18th century. This particular dress was worn by donor Mrs. Charles S. Dewey when presented at the Court of St. James in 1927 while her husband was Assistant Secretary of the United States Treasury Department.

Jeanne Lanvin was born in Paris in 1867, the eldest child of a modest family. She started working at age 13 delivering hats for a milliner. Recognized as a hard worker, she was awarded an apprenticeship a few years later. At the age of 22, she opened her own milliner shop, which was an immediate success. In 1897, Lanvin gave birth to a daughter, an event which inspired her to start designing children’s clothing. In 1909, the orders for children’s clothing began to exceed those for hats. Recognizing a potential new market, Lanvin added a Young Ladies and Women’s Department to her shop where mothers and daughters could select Lanvin designs together.

Her label continued to expand over the years to include menswear, fragrance, lingerie, and wedding gowns. At its peak, Lanvin had nearly 1200 employees.

This week’s Costume Collection Spotlight, we’re loving Lanvin ❀️

Jeanne Lanvin (French, 1867-1946)

Gift of Mrs. Charles S. Dewey

This elegant, circa 1927 court dress is fashioned of off-white silk moirΓ© with intricate beaded trim. The off-shoulder neckline is decorated with crystal beads, pearls, and opaque white beads which have been applied to a net backing. The front of the skirt also features a beaded appliquΓ© from the waist to the hem. The ensemble includes a detachable train of matching fabric lined with pink chiffon and a hand fan of white ostrich feathers with mother-of-pearl sticks.

The garment was designed by Jeanne Lanvin, who was well known for creating dropped-waist dresses with wide, full skirts in the 1920s. Lanvin called this silhouette a β€˜robe de style,’ after its resemblance to court dresses of the 18th century. This particular dress was worn by donor Mrs. Charles S. Dewey when presented at the Court of St. James in 1927 while her husband was Assistant Secretary of the United States Treasury Department.

Jeanne Lanvin was born in Paris in 1867, the eldest child of a modest family. She started working at age 13 delivering hats for a milliner. Recognized as a hard worker, she was awarded an apprenticeship a few years later. At the age of 22, she opened her own milliner shop, which was an immediate success. In 1897, Lanvin gave birth to a daughter, an event which inspired her to start designing children’s clothing. In 1909, the orders for children’s clothing began to exceed those for hats. Recognizing a potential new market, Lanvin added a Young Ladies and Women’s Department to her shop where mothers and daughters could select Lanvin designs together.

Her label continued to expand over the years to include menswear, fragrance, lingerie, and wedding gowns. At its peak, Lanvin had nearly 1200 employees.

This week’s Costume Collection Spotlight has us feeling fabulous!Thierry Mugler (French, 1948-)Gift of Mrs. Ellen RossTh...
06/09/2021

This week’s Costume Collection Spotlight has us feeling fabulous!

Thierry Mugler (French, 1948-)

Gift of Mrs. Ellen Ross

This sleek and shiny cocktail dress of fitted, pleated, gold lamΓ© features an asymmetrical neckline and hem. The left side of the dress has a draped shoulder, and the right side has a cap sleeve, side snaps, and a zipper. It was purchased in 1986 at Stanley Korshak, a luxury goods store that was founded in Chicago in 1909 and closed in 1990, eventually reopening in Dallas under new ownership. Mrs. Ellen Ross, a former Chicago model, wore the dress to the 1986 Costume Council Donor’s Ball, and again in 1988, after which she donated it to the museum.

Born in Strasbourg, France, Thierry Mugler debuted his first label, CafΓ© de Paris, in 1973, followed by the establishment of his eponymous brand soon after. His womenswear collections have consistently featured sexy, body-conscious styles and sharp, powerful silhouettes. He was one of the major forces behind 1980s β€œpower dressing,” utilizing expert tailoring and thick shoulder pads to create a commanding profile. His collections are known for their daring cuts, exaggerated proportions, and the use of unusual materials including metal and reptile skin.

Mugler retired from designing for the brand in 1999 in order to concentrate on fragrance and private commissions. He served as the main costume designer for Beyoncé’s β€œI Am…World Tour,” creating a seventy-one-piece wardrobe for the singer and her dancers. He returned to the label in 2013 with plans to integrate his womenswear, menswear, and fragrance into one global brand #chicagohistorymuseum #chm #mugler #thierrymugler

This week’s Costume Collection Spotlight has us feeling fabulous!

Thierry Mugler (French, 1948-)

Gift of Mrs. Ellen Ross

This sleek and shiny cocktail dress of fitted, pleated, gold lamΓ© features an asymmetrical neckline and hem. The left side of the dress has a draped shoulder, and the right side has a cap sleeve, side snaps, and a zipper. It was purchased in 1986 at Stanley Korshak, a luxury goods store that was founded in Chicago in 1909 and closed in 1990, eventually reopening in Dallas under new ownership. Mrs. Ellen Ross, a former Chicago model, wore the dress to the 1986 Costume Council Donor’s Ball, and again in 1988, after which she donated it to the museum.

Born in Strasbourg, France, Thierry Mugler debuted his first label, CafΓ© de Paris, in 1973, followed by the establishment of his eponymous brand soon after. His womenswear collections have consistently featured sexy, body-conscious styles and sharp, powerful silhouettes. He was one of the major forces behind 1980s β€œpower dressing,” utilizing expert tailoring and thick shoulder pads to create a commanding profile. His collections are known for their daring cuts, exaggerated proportions, and the use of unusual materials including metal and reptile skin.

Mugler retired from designing for the brand in 1999 in order to concentrate on fragrance and private commissions. He served as the main costume designer for Beyoncé’s β€œI Am…World Tour,” creating a seventy-one-piece wardrobe for the singer and her dancers. He returned to the label in 2013 with plans to integrate his womenswear, menswear, and fragrance into one global brand #chicagohistorymuseum #chm #mugler #thierrymugler

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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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