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Costume Council Celebrates Shoe Designer Brian Atwood


Spring Luncheon Benefits the Costume Council of the Chicago History Museum

Join the Costume Council of the Chicago History Museum for “A Spring Luncheon with Brian Atwood,” a celebration of the esteemed shoe designer on Wednesday, May 30 at the Chicago History Museum.

Brian Atwood will be joined by Susanna Homan, editor and chief of Chicago Magazine, for an in-conversation about his life and career. The event is the spring fundraiser for the Costume Council of the Chicago History Museum.

Brian Atwood’s designer shoes are identified by their sky-high heels, silhouettes and luxurious fabrics. Since its 2001 debut, the Brian Atwood collection has been globally coveted for exquisite craftsmanship and hyperluxe design and detail. His shoes are a red-carpet favorite worn by who’s who in Hollywood, like Lady Gaga, Cardi B and Reese Witherspoon. Atwood is a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) and was presented with the CFDA Swarovski’s Perry Ellis Award for Best Accessory Design and the 2010 Footwear News Designer of the Year award.

Susanna Homan is editor-in-chief and publisher of Chicago magazine, an award-winning monthly magazine that spurs conversation on important civic topics and provides authoritative coverage on politics, the arts and dining. She is also editor-in-chief and publisher of Splash, a monthly Sunday style magazine distributed in the Chicago Tribune, which she created and launched in 2012. Homan previously served as the founding editor-in-chief of Michigan Avenue magazine, and began her career in journalism as a nightlife and shopping columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times.

Dusty Stemer, Mr. Atwood’s mother, is co-chairing the event with Costume Council members Toni Canada and Melissa Skoog. More than 150 guests from Chicago’s fashion-elite are expected to attend. The luncheon will include drinks, light hors d’oeuvres and a raffle of Brian Atwood shoes.

The Costume Council of the Chicago History Museum gratefully acknowledges the support of media sponsor Chicago Magazine and in-kind sponsors Brian Atwood, and Moet & Chandon.

The event will be held in the Morse Genius Chicago Room at the Chicago History Museum. Tickets start at $175 and tables at $1750. A VIP champagne reception opens at 11 a.m. The luncheon and program begin at noon.

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To purchase tickets, please contact Ishan Johnson, auxiliary relations manager at the Chicago History Museum, at 312-799-2118 or at



The Chicago History Museum is situated on ancestral homelands of the Potawatomi people, who cared for the land until forced out by non-Native settlers. Established in 1856, the Museum is now at 1601 N. Clark Street in Lincoln Park, its third location. As a major museum and research center for Chicago and U.S. history, the Chicago History Museum strives to be a destination for learning, inspiration and civic engagement. Through dynamic exhibitions, tours, publications, special events and programming, the Museum connects people to Chicago’s history and to each other. To share Chicago stories, the Museum collects and preserves millions of artifacts, documents, images and other items that are relevant to the city’s history. The Museum gratefully acknowledges the support of the Chicago Park District on behalf of the people of Chicago. 

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