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Making Mainboucher: The First American Couturier
Saturday, March 18, 2017
2 pm (for a one hour guided tour)
Chicago History Museum 1601 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60614
Chicago-born Mainbocher (1890–1976) established a fashion empire serving royalty, Broadway icons, and the social elite. Raised in a modest home on the city’s West Side, he leveraged his passion for the arts to become a tastemaker of twentieth-century style. His acclaimed designs include the wedding dress for the Duchess of Windsor in 1937 and a corseted style that anticipated Christian Dior’s New Look.
Highly regarded for his impeccable construction and under-stated elegance, Mainbocher balanced his elite brand by designing uniforms for the United States Navy, the Girl Scouts of America, and Chicago’s Passavant Hospital. Featuring thirty garments, fashion illustrations, and photography, this exhibition explores the life and legacy of a remarkable man and his journey to become the first American couturier.
We will have a guided tour of this exhibition that features thirty garments from the Chicago History Museum’s expansive permanent costume collection, one of the largest in the United States.
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