This past spring Fashion Arts Society, one of the amazing affiliated groups of the Indianapolis Museum of Art, hosted a group trip to Chicago. We had a fashion filled day visiting the Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair Exhibition and some Chicago based fashion designers.

Loreta Corsetti Millinery Atelier was a real treat. When I walked into her studio I felt like I walked into a treasure chest. The room was filled with beautiful hat boxes, post cards for inspiration, fashion books, and incredible hats that one could only dream of. I could truly see her wonderful creative imagination in each hat.

I just loved visiting Diego Rocha’s handbag studio. With each bag sporting his signature crocodile claw, one could see right away how special each bag was. Diego designs only custom bags created especially for each client. This burnt orange masterpiece was a favorite of mine.

Chicago Based Designers:

Handbags: Diego Rocha –

Hats: Loreta Corsetti and Laura Whitelock for Loreta Corsetti Millinery Atelier:

xoxoxo – Preppy Girl