Sunday, January 22, 2017
An Activity: "Making Mainbocher" Exhibit at the Chicago History Museum. (at last, something besides reading!)
Main Bocher was a Chicago boy, interested in the arts. After high school and a stint working at Sears Roebuck in the early part of the 20th Century, he left for New York. Eventually he lived in London and Europe. With no official training in fashion design, he re-invented himself as Mainbocher, a fashion design house in France. During WW2, he returned to America to continue his work.
The exhibit is not too large, but features a good selection of works from his design company, along with history; there are also works of art, sketches and drawings unrelated to fashion.
There is an interactive dress form with design options programmed into the software; on a limited basis, you can design your own dress ideas.
Incidentally, the exhibits nearby, "The Secret Lives of Objects" and "Lincoln's Undying Words" are also worth seeing.