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Haute Couture: The Costume Collection of the Chicago History Museum

A tour through an incredible collection of clothing that includes nearly a hundred years of intricate and groundbreaking designs.

The Chicago History Museum houses one of the nation’s premier historic clothing and fashion collections which includes over 50,000 artifacts dating from the 18th century to the present day.

This tour will give visitors an overview of the Chicago History Museum’s extensive couture holdings. Works include garments by historical figures like Charles Frederick Worth to couturiers such as Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel, Christian Dior, and Hubert du Givenchy. Other collection highlights include pieces from 20th century fashion designers such as Roy ‘Halston’ Frowick, Issey Miyake, Bill Blass, and Zandra Rhodes, as well as leading contemporary designers. Participants will get a unique behind-the-scenes look inside the costume storage area and an opportunity to view exceptional American and European fashion design up-close.

Adventure Notes

Ticket includes: Ticket price only includes the behind the scenes tour. Entrance to the museum will be an extra fee. 

Are there age limits for the event? Yes, 16 +. No children please!

What if the weather is bad? This event goes on rain, shine, or snow!

Where do we meet? Meet in the lobby of the Chicago History Museum - we'll take you from there!

How long will I be walking? .5 miles. There's isn't much walking, but there will be no place to sit down during the tour.

What should I wear? Shoes fit for standing

Is this ADA accessible? Yes, there is an elevator, but the aisles in the collection are narrow.

Will photograph be allowed? Yes

Is my ticket refundable? No, sorry kids, no money back on this purchase but you can transfer it by following this handy Eventbrite tutorial.

Leyla I. Royale is an avid Chicago historian & jack of all trades.  She is the creator of Chicago horror history site Dead In Chicago, which features daily updates on horrible happenings from the city's past.  She works as a cellist for local & national Chicago musicians, is an employee & trapeze artist at Trapeze School New York in Chicago, has been a dedicated historic tour guide at The Chicago Theatre, & spends her Octobers working as a haunted tour guide & as an actor for Zombie Army Productions.

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