Meet the Original Influencers
Showcasing fashions from Paris, New York, Chicago, and Hollywood, Silver Screen to Mainstream tracks how Hollywood's glamorous reach extended to all classes in the 1930s through the 1940s. The Chicago History Museum exhibition tells a tale 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'll be introduced to a time when sophisticated design lent a perception of stability as the nation grappled with its reinvention.
Exhibition curator: Virginia Heaven