A tunic-and-pajama-pant ensemble created by Cuban designer Isabel Toledo for Michelle Obama. A two-piece Chanel suit worn by former Cosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley Brown. A silk chiffon dress that costume designer Jean Louis made for actress Rita Hayworth in the 1950s.
These outfits and more are on display through July 5 at the Columbus Museum of Art as part of the Class Act: Storied Designers/Women of Note exhibit. Organized by renowned fashion designer (and Columbus resident) Charles Kleibacker, the exhibit pays tribute to clothing worn by influential women.
"These are garments from important designers worn by women who understood and understand exceptional clothing," said Kleibacker, who also serves as the museum's adjunct curator of design.
Class Act celebrates women with Columbus ties, like former Channel 6 news anchor Terre Hamlisch, alongside famous actresses like Farrah Fawcett and socialites like Nan Kempner, a fashion editor for Harper's Bazaar who, at one time, owned the largest private collection of couture clothes in the country.