Better Makers: Chicago History Museum Recognizes Shoe Designer Brian Atwood

A raffle of Brian Atwood shoes (Photo by Mila Samokhina.)

On June 6, the Costume Council of the Chicago History Museum hosted an event celebrating the Chicago-born shoe designer Brian Atwood. The sold-out event, A Spring Luncheon with Brian Atwood, drew 300 guests and raised more than $30,000 in support of the Costume Council’s commitment to the Chicago History Museum.

Atwood and Susanna Homan, editor in chief of Chicago magazine, joined in conversation about career and life. Guests also enjoyed drinks, appetizers, and a raffle of Brian Atwood shoes. Atwood’s lines are popular amongst Hollywood favorites like Lady Gaga, Cardi B, and Reese Witherspoon.

Atwood’s Mother, Dusty Stemer, co-chaired the event along with Costume Council members Toni Canada and Melissa Skoog.

The event was sponsored by Brian Atwood, Moet & Chandon, and Chicago magazine.

Brian Atwood and Dusty Stemer

Brian Atwood and Dusty Stemer, Brian’s mother and event co-chair (Photo by Mila Samokhina.)

Brian Atwood and Chicago History Museum luncheon

Guests enjoy the luncheon (Photo by Mila Samokhina.)

Susanna Homan and Brian Atwood

A conversation with Susanna Homan and Brian Atwood (Photo by Mila Samokhina.)

Dusty Stemer, Melissa Skoog, and Toni Canada

Event co-chairs Dusty Stemer, Melissa Skoog, and Toni Canada (Photo by Mila Samokhina.)

Courtney Hopkins, Cathy Smith, and Cheryl Hyman

Courtney Hopkins, Costume Council president; Cathy Smith; and Cheryl Hyman, trustee of the Chicago History Museum (Photo by Mila Samokhina.)


Impact: Proceeds from the event support the Costume Council’s commitment to the Chicago History Museum to care for, conserve, interpret and display items in the Museum’s costume collection (Photo courtesy of Chicago History Museum.)


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Emily Stone is Associate Editor at Make It Better. She earned a degree in journalism from Elon University in North Carolina. Along with writing, Stone has a passion for digital storytelling and photography. Her work is published in Chicago Athlete Magazine. Stone is a supporter of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Stone is a fluent Spanish speaker who in her free time loves a good dance class.



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