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Remembering Victor Skrebneski

Legendary photographer and Chicago native Victor Skrebneski was known for his striking images of models in advertisements and portraits of celebrities, extraordinary editorial photography, as well as numerous breathtaking books and catalogues. He also had a varied and exciting association with the Costume Council of the Chicago History Museum through the years. Skrebneski helped develop the Costume Council’s annual fundraiser—the legendary Donors’ Ball—through his unique invitations, serving on occasion as decor chair, and helping bring illustrious designers to headline the galas, such as Hubert de Givenchy in 1995.

Victor Skrebneski (left), Bonnie Deutsch and Sugar Rautbord, Chicago Historical Society Donors’ Ball Co-Chairs, flanking designer James Galanos, who received the first Costume Committee Award for Design Excellence at the Donors’ Ball, Chicago, November 20, 1992. CHM, ICHi-069729

In our latest blog post, past Costume Council president Nena Ivon delved into her personal archive and reflects on her friend’s work with the Museum. Read the post.

Founded in 1974, the Costume Council supports the Chicago History Museum’s work to care for, conserve, interpret, and display items in the costume collection. Through the Council’s efforts, the Museum has been able to maintain and grow one of the world’s premier collections, with pieces dating from the eighteenth century to the present. The Council also generously supports the Museum’s costume-based exhibitions, furthering the public’s understanding of history through clothing. Learn more.

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