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A Patrick Kelly evening gown that's part of "Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair." Photo by Claire Hanan.

A Patrick Kelly evening gown that’s part of “Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair.” Photo by Claire Hanan.

On Thursday, “Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair” opened at the Milwaukee Art Museum. It’s a fashion exhibit dedicated to the pioneering traveling fashion show that brought haute couture to African-American women at a time when they were often banned from the stores that sold the clothes. It’s an important piece of fashion history and Milwaukee’s exhibit is enriched by the contributions of Mount Mary’s fashion archive. Don’t miss it.

– Quilt-lovers, rejoice. Mayfair is getting a Vera Bradley store in late April.

– Bven Boutique, formerly located on Brady Street, is now going by “Pippy,” owner Heidi Calaway said in a release.

– Locker’s flower shop will offer a flower “drive-through” tent at the State Fair grounds for Valentine’s Day.

Stephanie Horne (224 N. Broadway) is having a semi-annual sale to celebrate the store’s eighth anniversary. The sale lasts through Sunday.

– Mainstream Boutique, a women’s retail franchise based in the Twin Cities, is opening a Third Ward location some in March, says the Historic Third Ward Association.

– East Wauwatosa is getting a pop-up shop that will feature “upcycled” home decor and furniture.

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