Evening dress; of draped and pleated metallic gold lamé: asymmetrical neckline, fabric draped over the proper left shoulder with a cap sleeve on the proper right; pleating at side seams that releases towards the center of the dress; fitted, below knee length; side snaps and zipper on proper right.
Worn by donor for the last time in 1988 Chicago History Museum's Costume Council's Donors Ball and Fashion Show. Purchased at Stanley Korshak, Sept. 1986. Prior, the donor wore this dress to the 1986 Costume Council's Donors' Ball and Fashion Show as well as the 1987 the Children's Home & Aid Society Ball.
This striking cocktail dress, designed by innovative Thierry Mugler, was a gift to the Museum from Mrs. Ellen Ross, a former Chicago model. Mrs. Ross purchased the dress at Stanley Korshak a few years before it closed. Stanley Korshak, known as "one of the city's most fashionable and expensive retailers" was a pillar of the Chicago apparel industry. Korshak's began selling luxury and one-of-a-kind goods in 1909, opening its last and perhaps most prominent location within One Magnificent Mile in 1983. The store closed in 1990 when an oil heiress purchased the name and moved the company to Dallas, where it remains in business today.