Images from Dressing Downton at the Driehaus Museum

My husband and I recently visited the exquisitely built Driehaus Museum to attend their Downton Abbey costume exhibit, Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times

As any Downton fan can tell you, a major part of the show’s charm lies in its impressive array of early 1900’s costuming.While some items are genuinely vintage pieces others had to be constructed from scratch to help the designers convey the intended look for a specific character.

Dressing Downton showcased both vintage and newly created pieces in what is arguably the most perfect setting. The Driehaus Museum is an intricately and lavishly designed 19th century Chicago mansion and it becomes quickly evident from the first steps into the museum why it and Downton make such a fantastic match.

Below are just a few of the images from my visit.

Enjoy!

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In Memory of Prince: A Chicago Tribute

 

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Chicago remembers Prince

On Thursday, April 21, 2016 it was reported that the legendary music icon known to most as Prince, passed away.

While details surrounding his death are still unclear, Chicagoans of the city’s North Center neighborhood gathered together to reminiscence, commiserate and dance in honor to the late musician’s memory.

It was of little surprise to me that the North Center Square was host to the event. Through the last few years during the holiday season, I noticed a festive illuminated sign in an area apartment window featuring the artist’s iconic symbol along with the text “Merry Princemas.”

In response to the joy brought on by the unique decoration, a group of Prince themed carolers were formed to help spread some fabulous holiday cheer in the neighborhood.

The group, which seemed to largely organize the vigil, were in attendance in full regalia.

Below are a few images I took during the evening’s festivities.

 

Images from C2E2 2015: Day Two

While Day One felt like a pretty packed house, it was nothing compared to the activity of Day Two. The floor was absolutly packed to the gills but that didn’t stop folks from bringing their cosplay A-game. I also had the great pleasure of meeting and snagging pics with both Ming Na Wen and Hayley Atwell.

I was however disappointed in myself for missing out on the Svengoolie signing. I’ve been a Svengoolie fan for quite sometime and had really hoped to get a pic with him. However, due to a combination of a dying phone (and therefor lack of a clock) and extremely sore and pulsating feet (due to poor footwear decisions), I missed his allotted autographing time. Since I know in my heart I’m destined to be a great rubber chicken thrower, I hope to someday soon right this wrong and meet the man in person.

Other than unfortunate bad timing, I was treated to a nice variety of cosplay including other takes on Kamala Khan a.k.a. Ms. Marvel! Our friend Emily a.k.a. The Kitchen Tourist also joined us, cosplaying as Agent Carter.

Images from C2E2 2015: Day One

These are images from the first day of C2E2 2015. It was a fun time with lots of great costumes. I cosplayed as one of my new favorite characters Kamala Khan a.k.a.the new Ms. Marvel and my husband decided to cosplay as Starlord. We saw a good amount of Starlords but no other Kamala Khans on Friday, though that changed on Saturday. More pics from Days 2 and 3 to be uploaded soon!

Images: Dubwitch Show at bar 10 DOORS in Chicago

Recently, Stella Katsoudas, a musician who I have been a fan of for quite some time asked me if I’d like to join her on stage for an upcoming performance supporting her latest project, Dubwitch. So, I and my friend Emily Barney accompanied her during a March 14th live show at a Chicago venue called Bar 10 DOORS. We donned long grey witch cloaks while Stella showcased some truly striking skull-face makeup with an impressive light display put together by the very talented Terrence Pogge.

A while back I wrote an extensive article about Stella’s various projects so this was a really fun experience to be a part of.

The following live images were taken by my husband Brett Koppen:

Images: Wrigley Field Demolition

So I’m not really a baseball fan. In fact the only time I even remotely care about sports in the slightest in during the Olympic games and even then my interest is limited. However, a few months back I took some pictures of the Wrigley Field demolition that is going on for the eventual reconstruction. Though I am not one who has a personal interest in the game, I can appreciate the impact of such a major change occurring to a long existing local landmark. Though from what I understand, some portions of the field will remain in tact and reused.