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Updated: September 26, 2013 6:36PM

It’s not just art, it’s fashion with a fete. The Art Institute of Chicago’s latest blockbuster exhibition, “Impressionism, Fashion and Modernity,” closes Sunday. But before the doors shut, pull out the finery and hit “Dressed to the Nines” Saturday night. The evening’s dress code specifies gloves and hats, but bustles are strictly optional.

For impressionistas who want to cover their hands, Sermoneta Gloves (900 N. Michigan, 312-915-0694) fits the bill.

Mark Ray, manager of the Italian glove
purveyor, says women are buying fancy gloves
for both “Mad Men” and “Downton Abbey”-themed soirees. But having a pair in your wardrobe arsenal is a good idea.

“I’d say a woman who wears gloves definitely pays attention to detail,” he said. “Pick a pair depending on your style.”

While the length (wrist, elbow or opera) depends on the outfit, Ray recommends covering to the elbow.

“Elbow-length satin gloves are nice, and are more versatile,” he said.

Etiquette allows for ladies to leave gloves on during cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, so take the mini audigiere. Black and white satin are popular, along with red, ivory and champagne.

The after-hours event is from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $15 for members and $25 for nonmembers.

Meg Moore

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