Think vintage and images of Chanel, Halston, and other early 20th century designers come to mind. But what do you consider pre-vintage? For us, understanding where style got its start is as interesting to us as learning 10 ways to wear a scarf. So, with the new Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity exhibition at the The Art Institute of Chicago, we're ready for a crash course — and so should you.
IFM covers the period between the 1860s and 1890s when fashion mags and department stores started to have a greater presence in society. And because of this, the artistic and literary elite found ways to express themselves way before Madonna ever came into the scene. Simultaneously, artists were dipping their brushes left and right to communicate the modernity of fashion via canvas and paint.
But enough with the history lesson. We suggest you see the 80 gorg paintings from artistic greats like Degas, Renoir, and Seurat for yourself. There are also an abundance of detailed costumes, accessories, photographs, and printed materials from the period that will make you appreciate just how easy it is to slip on that sundress of yours.
Click through for a sneak peek of what you'll see. And to create a fashionable juxtaposition, we've also included snaps from “Un Moment Merveilleux,” the gala and opening celebration that recently took place in the Modern Wing. Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity runs through September 22, 2013.
The Art Institute of Chicago, 111 South Michigan Avenue (between Adams and Monroe streets); 312-443-3600.