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November
10
November
10

No Feathers? Why Not?

Posted under Collections by Jessica Pushor

Costume collection manager Jessica Pushor provides tips on how to create the perfect look for 1933. As the Chicago History Museum gears up for another amazing The Last Speakeasy on the Eve of Repeal event, please remember that toy guns of any kind are not permitted in the Museum nor are feathers. No feather fans, More

August
05
August
05

A Convergence of Designer Histories

Posted under Collections by Guest author

Former CHM costume collection intern Michelle McVicker writes about a fascinating discovery she recently came across in the Museum’s archives. She is currently a MA candidate in Fashion Studies at Parsons School of Design. Pauline Trigère (1912–2002) was a French-born American designer. It would seem as though her future in fashion design was predetermined, as More

May
22
May
22

An Exceptional Dior Gown

Posted under Collections by Guest author

Editor’s note: In honor of prom season, take a close look at one of the Museum’s ball gowns with costume collections intern Corie Azem. While the House of Dior is most readily identified with the seminal New Look collection, it is also well known for their luxurious gowns. In Chicago, Christian Dior’s garments were first More

May
04
May
04

A Look into CHM’s Fur Vault

Posted under Collections by Guest author

Take a peek inside the Chicago History Museum’s fur vault with costume collections intern Amanda Cacich. During the past six months, I’ve worked extensively with the objects in the Museum’s fur vault, which is essentially a walk-in refrigerator. I was tasked with completing an inventory of the vault’s contents, which meant several weeks of going More

April
22
April
22

Some Big Shoulder Pads to Fill

Posted under Collections by Petra Slinkard

Costume curator Petra Slinkard reflects on the life of Chicago Bears linebacker Doug Buffone. I distinctly remember the day when I came across these shoulder pads in costume storage. Costume collection manager Jessica Pushor and I were pulling objects for an upcoming private tour, and they caught my eye. I wanted to pull something that More

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