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History Repeats Itself

| December 28, 2011 | Parties

THE PARTY The Costume Council of the Chicago History Museum presented the 2011 Costume Ball for the first time in nearly 10 years. THE SCENE More than 400 guests ditched their cocktails in the lobby in order to preview the museum’s newest costume exhibition, Charles James: Genius Deconstructed. On display through April 16, 2012, the exhibit showcases 15 of the designer’s iconic styles and why, nearly 40 years after his death, he’s still considered a force in the industry. The who’s who stepped out in style, enjoying dinner by Food for Thought in the Chicago History Museum’s tented space, which was all silver and frost, thanks to Kehoe Designs. Lighting by Frost accentuated Antonio Lopez’s sketches of James’ work, which lined the walls. THE BOTTOM LINE After hobnobbing with designers Wes Gordon and Ralph Rucci (who was honored with the Award for Design Excellence), attendees indulged in the “chocoholic” dessert station before hitting the dance floor. DJ Kiss spun tunes late into the evening as a veritable dance party broke out. Photos by Chicago Corporate Photography



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