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Well Styled

| February 13, 2015 | Parties National

The Party
Not many black-tie parties kick off with a walk through fashion history, but then, most galas are not The Costume Ball at the Chicago History Museum. The standout event, hosted by the museum’s Costume Council, celebrated its latest exhibit, Chicago Styled: Fashioning the Magnificent Mile, which opened the next day. Guests were granted an exclusive chance to browse the exhibit of 26 high-fashion garments that helped illustrate the founding of Michigan Avenue as a shopping mecca.

The People
In addition to the other glamorous guests, seven of the past presidents of the Costume Council attended, helping to mark the council’s 40th anniversary. Current president Nena Ivon took a moment to toast the stylish women who helped the museum develop such an astounding couture collection, including Bonnie Deutsch, Alison de Frise, Laura Barnett Sawchyn, April Schink, Noren Ungaretti, Lawrie Weed and Abra Prentice Wilkin.

Best in Show
After dinner, guests indulged in a decadent dessert buffet and sampled the cake—whimsically topped with a sugary clutch and pair of heels—from Eli’s Cheesecake, before dancing the night away to the Stanley Paul Orchestra. A vogue evening, indeed! –Photos by Dan Rest and Hallie Duesenberg


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