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The Union of Fashion and Art

Tuesday, September 12 — Tuesday, September 12

The Costume Council of the Chicago History Museum presents The Union of Fashion and Art.

Featuring Dr. Gloria Groom, Chair of European Painting and Sculpture and the David and Mary Winton Green Curator at The Art Institute of Chicago and Petra Slinkard, Curator of Costume at the Chicago History Museum.

Join Dr. Groom for a presentation on paintings and objects housed in the Art Institute of Chicago’s distinguished collection that speak to specific fashion trends and /or meanings through fashion with a focus on the 18th and 19th centuries. Ms. Slinkard will follow with a presentation on fashion from the renowned historic dress collection of the Chicago History Museum which features artistic trends and / or movements witnessed in the late 19th and 20th centuries.

Sponsored by Kristin Noelle Smith, Annette Findling, and Toni Canada

Tuesday, September 12, 2017
The Robert R. McCormick Theater
Chicago History Museum
5:45 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.

Please RSVP to [email protected]

Complimentary Admission

Priority seating for members and their guests of The Costume Council of the Chicago History Museum and The Auxiliary Board of the Art Institute of Chicago.

About Gloria Groom                                                                                

Gloria Groom holds a PhD from the University of Texas at Austin and graduate certificate from the Ecole du Louvre. Her monographic Edouard Vuillard: Painter-Decorator, was published by Yale University Press in 1993. At the Art Institute of Chicago, she has been involved as curator and author in major loan exhibitions on Gauguin, Redon, Caillebotte, Renoir, Manet, Vuillard, Bonnard, Seurat, Toulouse-Lautrec, art dealer Ambroise Vollard and in 2012-13 Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity. Since 2009 she has been leading the project for the on-line collection catalogues (OSCI) of the Art Institute’s collection of paintings and works on paper for Monet and Renor (2014), Manet, Gauguin and Pissarro (2015). Current exhibition and book projects include Van Gogh’s Bedrooms (Chicago only) and Gauguin: Painter and Sculptor with the Musée d’Orsay. Dr. In 2005 Groom was conferred the award of Chevalier des arts et letters and Officier in 2013.

About Petra Slinkard

With more than ten years of experience curating within both social history and fine art institutions, Petra Slinkard joined the Chicago History Museum as the curator of costumes from the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) where she was the curatorial associate for textile and fashion arts. During her six years at the IMA, Slinkard contributed to the research, organization, and installation of nine exhibitions.

Prior to the IMA, she worked with the Sage Collection (formerly, the Elizabeth Sage Historic Costume Collection) at Indiana University and taught classes in Fashion History, Fundamentals of Textiles, Consumer Behavior, Professional Selling & International Marketing. Slinkard is an active member of the Costume Society of America, serving as the Midwest region’s newsletter editor and a member of the Association of Art Museum Curators. Her interests lie in historical dress as it pertains to the study of world cultures, haute couture, fashion show production, adoption and diffusion theories, manufacturing, and subcultural dress.

Evening gown, 1883 by Charles Fredrick Worth (1825-95). Gift of Mrs. Kent Chandler, 1980.256.3ab

The Details



12 th

5:45 p.m.

Event Location

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