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More Haute Couture from the Ebony Fashion Fair

The Ebony Fashion Fair began in 1958 and became known as the worlds largest traveling fashion show.
The EFF will be on display at the Chicago History Museum through January 5, 2014.
The Ebony Fashion Fair began in 1958 and became known as the worlds largest traveling fashion show.

The Ebony Fashion Fair began in 1958 and became known as the world's largest traveling fashion show.

Photo: Chicago History Museum

In "The Ebony Fashion Fair," Threads #168 (August/September 2013), author Claire Shaeffer provided an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at some of the fabulous designs featured in the Ebony Fashion Fair (EFF) and now on display at the Chicago History Museum. The museum pays homage to what became known as the world's largest traveling fashion show in its EFF exhibition through January 5, 2014. Here are three more of the extraordinary haute couture garments from the Ebony Fashion Fair that you can expect to see at the museum exhibition.

Pierre Cardin (France)
Ball gown, haute couture, fall/winter 1988–89
The skirt on this sequined dress has five tiers. Each has a metal hoop encased in the hem so it stands away from the body. This gown catches the light and the motion of the dance on a ballroom floor.

Pierre Cardin
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Claire_Shaeffer Claire Shaeffer, contributor
Posted on Jun 20th, 2013 in design, online extras, couture, Ebony Fashion Fair

Comments (3)

Ayofemi Ayofemi writes: My mom and I went to the Ebony Fashion Fair every year until they stopped having them. I even flew in from college one year just to go with her. The event of the year here in Phoenix.
Posted: 6:16 pm on July 19th

CindyKalnow CindyKalnow writes: 7,000 square feet of couture...an exhibition two years in the making and a joint project of the Costume Council of the Chicago History Museum and Linda Johnson Rice of Ebony Publishing. It is an inspiring story of fashion meeting philanthropy. this show is truly amazing. If in Chicago don't miss it. If not, plan a trip. The Museum also has it's Costume Collection (the seoond largest to the Met) online in a digital collection is worth a long peek. Enjoy !

http://digitalcollection.chicagohistory.org/


“In a machine age, dressmaking is one of the last refuges of the human, the personal, the inimitable. In an epoch as somber as ours, luxury must be defended inch by inch”

-Christian Dior


Posted: 3:50 pm on July 3rd

bjprater bjprater writes: Pretty fabric and interesting concept, but she would be dancing alone, because no one could lead her anywhere with 5 metal hoops banging against them in awkward places....

Posted: 9:52 pm on July 2nd

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