Costume Council welcomes designer Ralph Rucci

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Natasha Isaacs, Laurie Davis, Sherrill Bodine, Eva Jakubowski, Susanna Negovan and Dusty Stemer.

The Costume Council of the Chicago History Museum and Neiman Marcus joined together in hosting designer Ralph Rucci at a champagne reception and luncheon on Tuesday, May 5th.

Almost 100 guests gathered to admire his elegant and perfectly tailored designs and view his fall 2009 Chado Ralph Rucci collection.

Costume Council president Noren Ungaretti welcomed the crowd and introduced Ralph and costume curator, Timothy Long who conducted the Q&A. Ralph's honest and open answers made the event for local fashionistas very exciting.

He said he loves Chicago and describes it as "having all of the satisfaction of NY without the anxiety!"  In 2002, he was the first American designer to ever show couture in Paris.

He never offers free clothes to actresses like some other designers do just to get them ringside at their shows.

He said, "We don't give clothes to actresses who are making $12 million per picture."  I wonder how he feels about lowly bloggers.

Happy guests included Julie Latsko, Dusty Stemer, Nena Ivon, Dorothy Fuller, Karen Goodyear, Maria Pinto, Laura Barnett, Natasha Isaacs, Eva Jakubowski, Toni Canada, Carol Prins, Bunky Cushing and many more.

To see photos from the event click below!

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Neiman's Emily Hopp with Rucci design

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Costume Council president Noren Ungaretti welcoming guests.

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Karen Beal

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Luncheon venue at the History Museum

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Myra Reilly and Lynda Silverman

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Geri Shute, designer Maria Pinto and Tony Rossi

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Gail Elden, Cynthia Holbrooke and Dana Hokin

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Dorothy Fuller, Ralph Rucci and Neiman's Tina Koegel

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Chaddo Ralph Rucci designs

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Detail of Ralph Rucci design

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Chic couple.

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Robin Finlay and Paula Pianta

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