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Francophiles and fashion addicts will be pleased to know that The Art Institute of Chicago will extend its Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity exhibit through September 29. If you've already seen the show, you know that it is displayed with breathtaking attention to detail. But if you've yet to come thisclose to the Monet and Renoir beauties, here's what you can expect.
The Art Institute has displayed 75 works by Impressionist masters alongside the fashion that inspired the paintings. You'll see corsets, gloves, and parasols from 19th-century Paris; there are gorgeous period dresses, hats, fans, fashion plates, and corsets as well. In some cases, you can see the actual garments that were included in the paintings, next to the works in which they're featured.
Try to catch the exhibition on a Saturday night, when the museum stays open till 9pm while drinks flow from a cash bar, and—wait for it—there are weekly costume parties. That's right. The first dress code was "Stripes and Dots;" on August 3, they move on to "Bows." And for those of you who like it chaud, there's a racy little "Decollatage" theme on September 14. Bon viewing! (Er, we meant of the paintings.)—Jenny Berg
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