I’ve been away from the Windy City for a few months now, but I couldn’t resist giving it a little tribute from afar with some photos I took over the last year. Two things characterize Chicago’s fashion influence on me at this point: the diversity of its population, and the fashion-related events and exhibits that show up in its museums and on its streets. (Of course, the infamous winters also have an impact on how I dress—but I’d prefer to block such memories from my mind as I enjoy spring in Ireland). Hopefully, these shots will give you a glimpse of both of those elements—enjoy!
“Fashioning the Object,” which ran from April 14 to September 16, 2012, was my favorite fashion-related exhibit that I’ve ever seen in Chi-town. The exhibit featured the work of three international designer labels and included 3D pieces, pictures, video, sound, and interactive spaces. My favorite couturier in the show, Sandra Backlund, is a Swedish designer who does phenomenal sculptural knits that you should check out here.
This feather headdress was from an exhibit that the Field Museum of Natural History showcased in partnership with Chicago-based designer Maria Pinto. Read my full story about the exhibit here.