The History Museum of Chicago has featured several exhibits on fashion over the years, but this last one tells the story of how the Magnificent Mile came to be what it is today. Featuring 26 ensembles from the Museum’s costume collection, “Each piece featured tells a greater Chicago story,” says curator of costume Petra Slinkard. Dating back to the 1950′s up to the 1990′s, every piece is connected to North Michigan Avenue and how it became the fabulous world-known fashion destination. Designs by Chanel, Yohji Yamamto, Karl Lagerfeld for Chloé, Courréges, Geoffrey Beene and Thierry Mugler were selected carefully to tell the story of the famed avenue.
Slinkard said in September, “Each dress has its capsule story. For instance, when Versace opened on Oak Street in 1986, he himself came to Chicago to open the boutique and during his visit he did a fashion show at the Field Museum. He donated nine pieces to the Chicago History Costume Collection, pieces from his Klimt collection.” We are very excited to see how this exhibition comes together and give the world just a little taste of our amazing stylish city.
Chicago Styled: Fashioning the Magnificent Mile, runs from November 15 through August 16, 2015.