The Ladies of Cuneo: The Martha Weathered Fashion Collection

Loyola University Chicago’s Cuneo Mansion and Gardens presents an exhibition of period clothing, The Ladies of Cuneo: The Martha Weathered Fashion Collection,from May 12 through September 8. The exhibition explores the life and career of Martha Weathered, one of Chicago’s most luxurious fashion importers, whose shop opened on Michigan Avenue in 1922 and operated until its closure in 1971.

The costumes collection of the Cuneo Mansion contains examples of evening gowns, daytime ensembles, and sportswear that both Julia Shepherd Cuneo (John Cuneo’s wife) and her sister, Josephine Shepherd, wore. The enchanting clothes, often made up in rich brocades and elaborate trim, will be displayed throughout the mansion, along with accoutrements, footwear, and ephemera from the Martha Weathered shop. Visitors to the self-guided exhibition will also be able to see Julia Shepherd Cuneo’s gilded dress and shoe closets.

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