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Chicago Art Deco Society presents an exclusive tour of the current exhibition, “Silver Screen to Mainstream”. Showcasing fashions from Paris, New York, Chicago, and Hollywood, the exhibition tracks how Hollywood's glamorous reach extended to all classes through the 1940s, telling tales of making it big, making do, and maintaining appearances during a tumultuous era in American history.
Featuring thirty garments by designers such as Chanel, Vionnet, Valentina, Paul du Pont, Howard Greer, and Adrian, we will be introduced to a time when sophisticated design lent a perception of stability as the nation grappled with its reinvention.
The tour of the exhibition will be led by Virginia Heaven, exhibit curator, who is an Associate Professor of Fashion Design at Columbia College Chicago where she teaches design, fashion history and curatorial studies. Heaven has held previous positions as a costume designer for BBC television and as a curator. She has consulted on exhibitions in many museums nationally, including the Smithsonian Institution and the American Museum of Natural History. In July 2019, Heaven was appointed to the position of Curator of Costumes at the CHM.