First things first: the event.
This was the Museum of Science and Industry's 31st Annual Black Creativity Gala and Juried Art Show. The evening raises money for the Black Creativity program which reaches more than 25,000 students, their teachers and families in underserved Chicago neighborhoods each year with a wide range of targeted, culturally-relevant science education programming. It also provides exposure for African-American youth to careers, educational pathways and other opportunities in science, technology, engineering and medicine. A great cause and a beautiful evening.
Now the look.
I originally purchased this one-shoulder cocktail dress in 2010 for a charity event I was attending for work. Four years and many events later, it's still fashion-forward and shows no signs of wear. The slightly bandage-esque design works like ruching and adds a really interesting pattern while still in all black.
Underneath I wore Spanx Hide & Sleek Hi-Rise Body Smoother (my personal favorite of the Spanx line because you do not need pliers and some serious stamina to pull it on and once it's on it doesn't roll down) and LB's Multi-Way Strapless Bra (by far the best and most comfortable strapless bra I've ever used).
P.S. There was a macaroon bar at the dessert station. YES and yummmmm!