Tuesday, July 17

Cocktails, Corsets & Cupcakes with Bixby's & Missouri History Museum Through Aug. 28

St. Louis' award-winning Bixby's and the Missouri History Museum get Underneath it All with Above it All through Aug. 28, 2012. In conjunction with the museum's latest, unique exhibit, Underneath it All, which presents a timeline of historical lingerie and fashionable silhouettes, the upscale eatery pours cocktails and presents its own exhibit of demi plates, hors d' oevres and desserts.

Although the museum's exhibit is open daily, Tuesdays are the hot night with the "Above it All" reception for fashionistas, girlfriends and trendy folks.

From 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., the second floor will get racy with Bixby's Sous Chef Callaghan Carter's epicurean nibblers, including tomato-mozzarella antipasto plates, orzo primavera with grilled shrimp, watercress vichyssoise shooters, smoked paprika and citrus hummus with veggies, and summer squash flatbread with local goat cheese.

And for dessert?

Nothing but cocktail cupcakes will do in tempting flavours of vanilla Champagne, strawberry daiquiri, citrus colada, and chocolate cosmo.

Smart cocktails of infused summer spritzers and a premium cash bar, including Skinnygirl cocktails, will be available during the event.

About the exhibit

As a reflection of identity throughout the ages, clothing can be used to reflect one's status in society -- or to rebel against it in the case of the bra-burning era. Various efforts have been using undergarments to highlight or create an illusion of perfection with the female body.
Underneath It All showcases the fashionable silhouettes of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries through dressed mannequins and their coordinating “undressed” mannequins. The undressed mannequins display the undergarments needed to create that silhouette.

From bustles to bullet bras, petticoats to panty hose, corsets to camisoles, Underneath It All tells the story of women’s progress in a changing society through fashion.

For Tuesday evening's Above it All event, purchase tickets ($20) and reserve a spot by visiting AboveitAll/qrickets.com. To reserve early and receive a unique gift bag, call Bixby's at 314-361-7313 or email aboveitall@bixbys-mohistory.com.

For viewing of the Underneath it All exhibit sans cocktails, visit MOhistory.org for details, directions and hours.
Underneath It All continues through Jan 27, 2013.

Images: Bixby's; Missouri History Museum

Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated fine-living columnist, travel writer, performing arts and restaurant critic. Catch her newest column, Infused at GottaGo.us and FoodandDrinkDigital.com and as Indy’s Entertainment Adviser on 93 WIBC. Gotta Go is published on Gottago.usBroadwayWorld.com, in M magazine and these newspapers: South Sider Voice, Indiana Weekender, New Palestine Reporter, Pendleton Times Reporter and Fortville-McCordsville Reporter. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.

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