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April 4

Meetup??? Charles James Deconstructed Exhibition

Hey peeps!

I’m planning on going to the Charles James: Genius Deconstructed exhibition at the Chicago History Museum this week, either Friday afternoon or Saturday morning.

To read about the Charles James exhibition click here

But long story short, there are several of his dresses on display (including his famous clover dress) and the museum was able to send the dresses through a CT scanner and have x-ray like images of the inner construction of some of his items. 

Swan Dress CT Scan:

Charles James "Tree," CT scan

The Swan Dress:

Unfortunately, no photographs are allowed in the exhibit.  But you’ll be sure I’m going with a pad and pencil to do some rough sketches and to take notes. 

Felix even had the quirky idea of hiring an art student to do good-quality sketches for my personal use.  So if anyone knows an artist/art student in Chicago, feel free to send them my way.  heh

I know it’s short notice, but do any of my local blog buddies want to do a ‘quick’ meetup at the event?

I’m game for organizing a breakfast/lunch & pattern swap (or even just having coffee) if any of you gals would like to say “hi” and talk “shop” at the exhibition. 

If you want to come, just post up a comment and we can go from there.  Again, I’m flexible to go Friday anytime after 1pm or Saturday morning.

Update:  I can also be talked into waiting till next Saturday, April 14th if it means more people would be able to go.

  1. Sue / Apr 4 2012

    I wish Chicago was closer to Northern VA! I’d be all over this.

  2. Lauren / Apr 4 2012

    Argh, I wish! I’d totally take the Megabus up there – I plan on visiting Chicago at *some* point via Megabus this summer! – but I need at least a month’s notice to get the ticket super, er I mean “mega,” cheap :) Looks divine, though!

  3. Meg / Apr 4 2012

    OMG WANT TO GO. I’m available Saturday around 12:30pm…but if that doesn’t work, no worries! If we can’t get together for it, I might try and go Sunday…it doesn’t say they are closed for Easter, but I may call and check. Seriously, we need artists in our back pockets for things like this.

    • Liz / Apr 5 2012

      My sewing buddy was planning to come over on Saturday afternoon… I’ll email you directly Meg if my buddy and I meet later on Saturday which would enable me to go at 12:30 too! :)

  4. Kat Ezat / Apr 5 2012

    I wanna go. But there is the small problem of an ocean…

    When I saw the Swan dress below the x-ray it took my breath away. Oh my.

    Please get the catalogue and scan loads of pictures from it for your blog. I wanna see…!

    • Liz / Apr 5 2012

      Ocean-smocean. heh I am hoping there are matericals I can purchase since they don’t allow photos. I’d love to share them with you guys as well as for myself. :)

      They do have a few images on their flicker page as well as on their blog, if you want some more sneak peeks. See below for two blog links:

      Blog post number one & number two.

  5. gail / Apr 5 2012

    I would love to meet up with you, but I’m busy all weekend! Perhaps another time?

    • Liz / Apr 5 2012

      For sure! I’m hoping to plan a blogger meetup when the weather is warmer and with much more advanced notice. :)

  6. Laura Mae / Apr 7 2012

    Oohh! I desperately wish I was in the area to see that exhibit! Please let us know how fabulous it is!

    Also, I would like to nominate you for a Liebster Blog Award. Feel free to pass it along if you wish!

    • Liz / Apr 30 2012

      Thanks so much Laura!

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