Department of Curiosities Lingerie & Nightwear Collection Launch


Silk Charmeuse Beach Paja­mas by Depart­ment of Curiosi­ties


Two years ago marked a big step forward in my career- I moved to a new produc­tion space and show­room: Depart­ment of Curiosi­ties. A collab­o­ra­tion with fash­ion designer Gerry Quin­ton and her line Morúa, our part­ner­ship has cautiously and lovingly evolved from a shared studio, to a shop, exhi­bi­tion space, and most recently a collec­tion of luxury, slow fash­ion lingerie.  I can’t speak enough to the power of this collaboration–Gerry and I have very compli­men­tary skill sets, and even more impor­tantly when one of us falls, the other is there to lend a hand, offer­ing encour­ag­ing words, tech­ni­cal support, a loan, or a trip to “horri­ble Joann” to pick up a yard of inter­fac­ing that we some­how always forget to order.  (More on our collab­o­ra­tion is here in a wonder­ful, in-depth arti­cle in Frank Maga­zine.)

It’s no surprise that our first collec­tion is inspired by the lumi­nous women of the 1920s-1940s: strong women who were enter­ing the work force in large numbers for the first time and running facto­ries during WWII; the compli­cated, dark-yet-elegant women of film noir; and the liber­ated flap­pers of the 1920s.

We are thrilled to present this true labor of love. Created from Ital­ian silks, the line features an exclu­sive print designed by renowned tattoo artist Esther Garcia of Butter­fat Studios and is made to order in-house, in order to ensure the high­est qual­ity of produc­tion and that our pieces are ethi­cally made. The collec­tion will avail­able for preorder on June 18–19th. As a show of grat­i­tude to early support­ers of local, Amer­i­can made fash­ion, the collec­tion will be offered at special preview prices. Your support is crucial–preorders will help us to meet fabric mini­mums and to complete our e-commerce website. Thank you in advance!

Preview hours are:
Satur­day, June 18th: 1–7 pm; cock­tails 7–9 pm
Sunday, June 19th: 2–5 pm
& by appoint­ment

3013 W. Armitage Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647

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Silk/Cotton Long­line Bra & Knick­ers in Dark Trop­i­cal, and Dress­ing Gown in Noir Trop­i­cal by Depart­ment of Curiosi­ties