What Chicago wore to the Mainbocher opening gala at Chicago History Museum

What Chicago wore to the Mainbocher opening gala at Chicago History Museum
Kathleen Haines-Finley wears Jovani.

The Costume Council of the Chicago History Museum hosted a most elegant gala to celebrate the life and work of a little known Chicago designer, Main Rousseau Bocher (Mainbocher). The exhibit featured 30 garments, photography, videos and more but what I loved the most was seeing Chicago dressed in all its finery.

Costume Council events always inspire the participants to dig deep into their closets to make a statement and, as always, they did not disappoint.

I loved seeing friends like Michael Caputo dressed to the nines in an inky black vintage tuxedo with broad brocade lapels. And I thought Kathleen Haines-Finley stole the night in a backless, flowing emerald green gown with crystal bodice by Jovani from Neiman's. Toni Canada and Dusty Stemer are always fashionably dressed and, on this night, wore cocktail attire by Carven and Marc Jacobs, respectively.

I absolutely loved, loved, loved the vintage ruby stick pin that Greg Hyder was wearing proudly on a maroon tuxedo jacket over a black shirt and tie. It was originally a ring that was left to him by his beloved aunt and he had it remade into a pin. So clever!

Jan Melk was elegant as ever in a black and white sheath dress by Carolina Herrera. Her beautiful South Beach/Fisher Island tan didn't hurt either. Darling co-chair Marci Holzer was rockin' an off the shoulder black lace Anne Fontaine top.

I just love our fashion forward city!

If you want to read ALL about this opening night celebration and see pics and video, check out my Candid Candace column online Wednesday and on the page on Sunday in Life & Style!

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