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If you can justify splurging on a vintage handbag or silk dress in October and calling it a "gift to yourself" two months later, Christmas might arrive a tad earlier for you this year. The Modern Vintage Chicago Fall Fashion and Jewelry Explosion (explosion!) will be setting up shop in the West Loop this October 23 and 24, and judging from the Armageddon-like terminology being used to describe it, this is gonna be good.
The humongous fair, taking place at the historic Beaux Arts Plumbers Hall complex, is promising lots of unique and one-of-a-kind yesteryear treasures. And, with clothing, estate & costume jewelry, accessories, textiles, vintage fashion magazines, patterns, and various knickknacks that you didn’t know you would actually need (or want), the $9 discounted and $10 at-the-door admission is well worth it. There aren't just dusty old calf-length dresses lining the racks, either—label lovers will most likely swarm to the well-curated selection of classic pieces by Halston, Chanel, Hermes, Vivienne Westwood, Pucci and Dior, just to drop a few names.
The companion event, an Indie Designer Show, will offer a contemporary twist to the fair and feature wearable adornments and eco-friendly fashion by some of Chicago's leading independent designers. So, if the moth balls make your friends sneeze but you don't want to explore a '50s silhouette on your own, there will be something in it for both of you.—Chai Lee
· Modern Vintage Chicago [Official Site]