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FashioNEXT | Teen Design Competition

  This spring, teams of aspiring designers from across the Chicago area will challenge themselves and each other in this three-month design competition. Using materials, tools, dress forms, and embellishments provided by the Chicago History Museum, as well as the guidance of a mentor from the local fashion community, teens will set out to create…

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Opening Gala

Toast the opening of Making Mainbocher and join us for an exclusive first look of the exhibition at this evening gala. Hosted by the Costume Council of the Chicago History Museum For more information, please call 312.799.2118 or email Friday, October 21, 2016 6:30 p.m.

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Member Mornings

Be the first to view Making Mainbocher. During opening weekend, explore the exhibition before the Museum opens to the public. FREE for members, registration required. Saturday, October 22 9:00—9:30 a.m. Reserve Sunday, October 23 9:00—9:30 a.m. Reserve Not a member? Join the museum today!

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Remaking Mainbocher: A Talk by Arnaud de Lummen

Saturday, October 22 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM Arnaud de Lummen, a specialist in resurrecting forgotten fashion labels, will offer a unique insight on the pros and cons of reviving Mainbocher and the challenges in re-making the Mainbocher brand. No registration required, included with Museum admission. Purchase Museum tickets here.

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Mainbocher’s Birthday Party

Calling all dishes, swabbies, rugcutters, and pinups—celebrate Mainbocher’s with us, 1940s style! To pay homage to his military background and WWII uniform designs, we’re hosting a USO dance. The evening will include tours of Making Mainbocher led by curator of costume Petra Slinkard, refreshments, music by the Lakeside Pride big band ensemble, and of course—birthday…

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Veterans Day

Courage. Sacrifice. Strength.  This Veterans Day, join us to honor those who serve our country. This family-friendly program encourages gratitude through storytelling, hands-on activities, and discussion. Inspired by our newest exhibition, discover Mainbocher’s life, legacy, and military contributions and pay tribute to Chicago veterans through the years. Museum admission is FREE for veterans and their…

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