Street View 085: Real life poise at the Chicago History Museum

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Street View is a fashion series in which Isa Giallorenzo spotlights some of the coolest style seen in Chicago.

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Loving Brittany's heart paperbag pants, the made-for-each-other necklace/shoes combo, her sexy neckline and—last but not least—her beauty-queen posture. She embodies the grace and elegance seen all over "Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair," which opened recently at the Chicago History Museum.

"Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair" features more than 60 breathtaking garments from the Ebony Fashion Fair, a traveling charity fashion show created in 1958 by Ebony magazine's Eunice Johnson. During its 50 years of existence the event raised more than $55 million; the show runs through January 5th.

Bridal gown by Emanuel Ungaro, fall/winter 1996-97
  • Bridal gown by Emanuel Ungaro, fall/winter 1996-97

Pierre Cardin gown, Emanuel Ungaro evening dress and Pierre Balmain cocktail dress and stole
  • Pierre Cardin gown, Emanuel Ungaro evening dress and Pierre Balmain cocktail dress and stole

Christian Lacroix evening ensemble, fall/winter 1987-88
  • Christian Lacroix evening ensemble, fall/winter 1987-88

Yves Saint Laurent evening dress, fall/winter 1979-80
  • Yves Saint Laurent evening dress, fall/winter 1979-80

Jean Patou evening dress
  • Jean Patou evening dress

Another exhibit worth checking out is Material Translations (below), celebrating 25 years of the School of the Art Institute's Fashion Resource Center by presenting a few revolutionary Japanese designs from its collection. It closes April 7th at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Issey Miyake, 1987
  • Issey Miyake, 1987

Yohji Yamamoto, 1991
  • Yohji Yamamoto, 1991

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See more of "Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair" over at Chicago Looks and check out Erin's blog here.

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