Chicago Museums Take on More Fashion

By Amanda Harth

Chicago based museums are featuring exhibitions on fashion culture and as a museum rat, I couldn’t be more excited. Each exhibition will highlight pivotal moments in fashion as well as the design processes behind some of the garments.

Museum of Science and Industry Wired to Wear March 21st- June 2020

This exhibit is the first of its kind in the realm of wearable technology. Guest will experience how designing technology into clothing will make us healthier and stronger. The exhibit will feature over 100 artifacts from around the world and for guest to interact with in the 8,000 square foot exhibit. Companies featured in the exhibition include Born Just Right, Google, Quantum XPR, Gravity Industries, Nike, Microsoft, and more

Museum of Science and Industry

Chicago History Museum Silver Screen to Mainstream Beginning April 8th

Thirty ensembles from the museum’s collection will be featured including many that have never been on display before will tell the story of how a new American style was inspired by Hollywood films following the 1929 stock market crash and World War II.

“The exhibition highlights that it was not only the wealthy that cared about their appearance. Even the thriftiest could emulate a Hollywood starlet.” said Virginia Heaven, guest curator and associate professor of fashion design at Columbia College Chicago. The influence of French fashion on American women will be highlighted with pieces by Parisian designers including Gabrielle Chanel and Madeleine Vionnet as well as Hollywood costume designers Adrian, Howard Greer, Irene and Omar Kiam.

Chicago History Museum

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago  Virgil Abloh: Figures of Speech June 8th- September 22nd

As one of the most anticipated exhibitions of the year Virgil Abloh: Figures of Speech is expected to break records as one of the most attended exhibitions in the MCA’s history. The formerly trained architect has been a major shape shifter in fashion culture and has managed to expand his brand Off-White at a rapid rate and recently being named Artistic Director of Louis Vuitton’s menswear collection. The exhibition will go beyond fashion featuring other disciplines of design including music, architecture, furniture, and graphics design as well as other collaborative projects with other designers and artists such as Peter Saville and Tom Sachs.


Amanda Harth