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Members’ Preview of Treasured Ten: Selections from the Costume Collection

Friday, April 8

Members and Historical Alliance are invited to join us for an exclusive first look at our newest exhibition! An eclectic arrangement of ten never-been-exhibited garments, Treasured Ten: Selections from the Costume Collection features two works each by Stephen Burrows, Scotty Piper, Patrick Kelly, Willi Smith, and Barbara Bates.

Take advantage of this special opportunity to speak with staff who worked on the exhibition and hear from exhibition curators Charles E. Bethea, the Andrew W. Mellon Director of Collections and Curatorial Affairs, and Jessica Pushor, costume collection manager. Drinks and light snacks provided.

The curator presentation for this event will take place in person at the Museum and be livestreamed via Zoom. All registrants will receive the Zoom link 24 hours in advance of the event. The livestream will begin at 6:30 p.m. If you have any questions or need tech support, please call Visitor Services at 312-642-4600.

Free, CHM members and Historical Alliance only, RSVP required.


Charles E. Bethea is the Andrew W. Mellon Director of Collections and Curatorial Affairs at the Chicago History Museum. He has worked in museums for more than 25 years in several positions, including education, curatorial, and administration. At CHM, Bethea is responsible for overseeing all curatorial activities, providing an overall curatorial vision and direction, and prioritizing all work in the department. In addition, he provides direction for the Museum’s collecting agenda, including new acquisitions and deaccessions and the development of new exhibitions.

Jessica Pushor is the collections manager of costume and textiles at CHM. She holds a MA in Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice from the Fashion Institute of Technology. Treasured Ten is Pushor’s curatorial debut, and she has assisted on several fashion exhibitions in the past. At CHM, she worked on Silver Screen to Mainstream: American Fashion in the 1930s and ’40s; Making Mainbocher: The First American Couturier; Chicago Styled: Fashioning The Magnificent Mile®; and Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair. At the Museum of the City of New York, Pushor assisted with Stephen Burrows: When Fashion Danced.


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Men's suit ensemble, c. 1970. Wool. Piper & Piper, Custom Tailors, Chicago. CHM, ICHi-178877
Women’s suit, c. 1988. Cotton. Patrick Kelly, France. CHM, ICHi-178934.
Men’s ensemble, 1987. Cotton. Willi Smith for WilliWear, United States. CHM, ICHi-178965
Women’s suit, c. 1988. Cotton. Barbara Bates, United States. CHM, ICHi-178898
Detail view of cowl neckline on dress, c. 1970. Wool. Stephen Burrows' World, United States. CHM, ICHi-179000

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6:00–8:00 p.m.

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