Open House & Fashion Show

15 November, 2019
Department of Curiosities News

Such exciting times at Department of Curiosities! We are finishing up production of our first round of preview orders and gearing up for more events centered around curiosity and beauty. We are humbled and grateful for the support we’ve received from our Chicago community. Preview sales have been instrumental in launching this venture. To that end, we would like to cordially invite you to one final “Preview” event. Please join us this Saturday, July 30, from 2 – 6 pm at our storefront/workshop at 3013 W. Armitage. This event will be the last time we offer our special preview pricing. As always, we’ll have some French rosé and perhaps a cooling punch to take the edge off of the summer heat as you peruse our luscious silks.


Saturday, July 30th: 2 – 6 pm
3013 W. Armitage Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647


Wit Pop Up: 
One of our in-house lines, Production Mode, will be setting up shop at theWit Hotel during the month of August. TheWit Hotel is located at 201 N. State St. in Chicago’s downtown Loop. Boutique hours are W-F 2 – 7 pm and Saturdays 12 – 7 pm.

Corsetry Class: 
Designer Gerry Quinton of our in-house corsetry brand, Morua, will be offering a three day workshop for intermediate and advanced stitchers entitled “Corset making for Beginners”. The class will be held here at Department of Curiosities on August 12 – 14. This course runs only once per year and only two spots are left. Email gerry@​moruadesigns.​com to secure your place. More information can be found here.

Fashion Show: 
We end August with our first Fashion Show, at ROOF, the beautiful atrium space atop theWit Hotel. Sip a cocktail and enjoy the work of Production Mode and Department of Curiosities against the backdrop of Chicago’s grand skyline. Save the date: the show will be on Thursday, August 25th at 7 pm. Space is limited so we recommend arriving early.

Do stay tuned as we have many more exciting affairs in the coming months, including the launch of our e-commerce shop, and more events in Chicago and beyond.

Department of Curiosities is a partnership of designers Gerry Quinton and Jamie Hayes and their respective brands: Morua & Production Mode. The storefront/studio is open every Friday from 12 – 7 pm and by appointment. Please follow us on Instagram @departmentofcuriosities.

Special thanks to Sarah Ann Wright, whose photographs are featured above.

Lingerie & Nightwear: A First Look

15 November, 2019

Department of Curiosities Luxury Lingerie
Department of Curiosities cordially invites you to a first look at our collection of luxury lingerie & nightwear. Created from Italian silks, the line features an exclusive print designed by Esther Garcia of Butterfat Studios, and is made to order in our atelier. The collection will available for preorder on June 18 – 19th. As a show of gratitude for your support as we launch, the collection will be offered at special preview prices.

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

Department of Curiosities is a partnership of Chicago Fashion Designers Gerry Quinton and Jamie Hayes and their respective brands: Morua & Production Mode.

Gray’s Department Store Catalogue

15 November, 2019


The Department of Curiosities is proud to unveil the accompanying catalogue to Gray’s Department Store, a Show & Shop of the League of Women Designers. Designed by Dani Soukup, it offers a preview of the curiosities will be on display throughout the run of show.

The shop-able installation, curated by Eve Fineman, will be open from December 4th-20th, Tuesdays-Saturdays 12 – 7 pm, Sundays 12 – 5 pm.  Department of Curiosities is located at 3013 W. Armitage Avenue in Chicago.

Gray’s Department Store: A Show & Shop of the League of Women Designers

15 November, 2019

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The Department of Curiosities presents a shop-able installation by members of the League of Women Designers (LWD). Curated by Eve Fineman, the show draws on the golden age of department stores with sections for housewares, lighting, furniture, clothing, jewelry, handbags and lingerie.

The show’s name references Eileen Gray, a touchstone for the LWD group. Gray was a pioneer of modernist design; an architect and designer of furniture, textiles and interiors. Her influential works in the 1920s and 30s were largely overlooked in her time and the importance of her legacy remains unrecognized to this day. One of her most innovative works, the Villa E-1027 house, for instance, was first attributed to her lover, Jean Badovice, and was later defaced by the most famous architect of her day, Le Corbusier.

Gray’s point of view is particularly relevant to the show’s philosophy. She believed in the “dwelling as a living organism”, a holistic approach to design that put the experience of living at the center. “It is not a matter of simply constructing beautiful ensembles of lines, but above all, dwellings for people”. She brought a much needed sensuality and beauty to the modernist movement that feels fresh to this day.

Gray’s Department Store is open from December 4th-20th. Hours are Tuesday- Saturday 12 – 7 pm and Sunday 12 – 5 pm.

Theory & Practice

15 November, 2019
Sandra Yau l “(In)tangible Connections,” 2013 l Photo by Jay Seawell
Sandra Yau l “(In)tangible Connections,” 2013 l Photo by Jay Seawell

The Department Of Curiosities cordially invites you to “Theory & Practice”, an installation of avant garde fashion and fiber manipulation featuring the work of Kraig Pieper, Sandra Yau, Jiayin Rachel and Annemarie Strassel.

A cocktail reception will be held on Friday, June 26th from 6:30 – 9 pm. The work will also be on view: Saturday, June 27th & Sunday, June 28th from 12 pm- 10 pm.

Department of Curiosities’ in-house lines Morua Corsetry & Couture & Production Mode will also be on display.

Please join us in celebrating a curious mix of the new, the old, the experimental, and the world of the decorative arts.

This exhibition is organized in conjunction with the Logan Square Arts Festival.