The Costume Council of the Chicago History Museum invites you to a rare and intimate evening with Dave Thomas, one of the fashion world’s most in-demand celebrity stylists, as he discusses his book Vanity Project: A Tale of Fashion and Celebrity Styled.

Hosted by Pam Capitanini, Nina Mariano, and John Rogers.


Fashionista Ticket – $150
Includes one seat and one book

Glamour Sponsor – $200
Includes one preferred seat, one book, and name on event materials

Stylist Sponsor – $500
Only six available. Includes one front row seat, one gift bag, one book, and name on event materials

Vanity Sponsor – $1,000
Includes two preferred seats, two gift bags, ten raffle tickets, two books, and name on event materials


5:00 p.m. – Arrivals, wine, appetizers, and book signing
6:30 p.m. – Program begins
7:30 p.m. – Dessert
8:00 p.m. – Last goodbyes

For dietary restrictions and seating preferences, please email Nell McKeown at If you have already registered for a ticket and would like to add more, please call Nell McKeown at (312) 799-2112.

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About David Thomas

David Thomas is a Los Angeles-based stylist. With over three decades of experience, he is considered one of the original pioneers of celebrity styling and was recognized in 2017 by The Hollywood Reporter as one of “Hollywood’s Most In-Demand Men’s Stylists” and received the “Styling Award” at the 2023 Hollywood Beauty Awards.

At the age of 25, David became the youngest Fashion Editor in the world for British Esquire, ultimately moving on to Vogue Homme, Vanity Fair, and Interview. His client list has included David Beckham, Boy George, Angelina Jolie, John Legend, Eva Longoria, Sebastian Maniscalco, Matthew McConaughey, Lionel Ritchie, Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani, and Sting.

He has styled major advertising campaigns for Mulberry, Emporio Armani, Ciroc, Adidas, Sperry, Lexus, Google, Pepsi x Super Bowl, and DirecTV. Together with Jessica Jones and in aid of The King’s Trust (formerly The Prince’s Trust), David authored Vanity Project: A Tale of Fashion and Celebrity Styled by Dave Thomas telling David’s story of how he went from being a plumber in a small English country town to styling some of the world’s biggest stars in Hollywood. The book also traces the evolution of celebrity styling, from the streets of London in the 1980s to the red carpets of Hollywood today, featuring stunning photography, beautiful illustrations, polaroids, drawings, and exclusive interviews with friends, clients, and industry insiders.

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