June 22–September 29 Galleries 124–127 Through nearly 120 drawings and prints, as well as select paintings, photographs, and materials from the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries, this exhibition explores the connotations of informal dress and undress in intimate, private circumstances, presenting the fascinating flip side to the very public face of high fashion.
May 26–October 6 Gallery 137 This special presentation of works in the Art Institute’s collection highlights six forms of status dress from Africa. Each wrapped, robed, or beaded example features a lavish use of materials that emphasize status through dazzling display.
Fashion in Antiquity
June 26–September 22 Galleries 150–154 In antiquity, one’s clothing, hairstyle, and jewelry not only expressed individual status and identity but also told the story of a wider network of trade and travel in the Mediterranean world. Explore the nuances of dress and textiles in Greek vase painting; the elaborately constructed coiffures of the Roman Empire; and the glittering adornment in Byzantium.
Fashionable French Farce
Through October 15 Galleries 223A and 225A Caricaturist Honoré Daumier was in his element with the fashion foibles of the 1850s, while Félicien Rops skewered Parisian art and couture of the 1880s. This special rotation of Rops’s etchings and Daumier’s lithographs ranges from corset voyeurs and vengeful fashionistas to crinoline skirt parachute parodies.
July 2–September 9 Ryerson and Burnham LIbraries The 19th century’s version of today’s high-gloss fashion photography—woodcuts, engravings, and other mechanically reproduced illustrations—sheds light on the history of women’s dress. Please note: The libraries are closed on Saturdays and Sundays.