The Chicago Fashion Foundation celebrated local student design at the 5th annual Future of Chicago event with an evening of cocktails, music, fashion, and scholarship on Wednesday, March 7, 2012. This year’s event, which was titled “Street Style: Chicago Fashion through Chicago Communities”, was hosted by Corri McFadden, owner of eDrop-Off and star of VH1’s next reality show, “House of Consignment.” Maintaining its tradition of providing scholarship through style, the Chicago Fashion Foundation showcased the work of ten local fashion students, who presented an ensemble representative of the signature street style of a local Chicago neighborhood, for the chance to win academic funding. More than 350 guests arrived at the Chicago Cultural Center to support the non-profit.
Elena Bobysheva, a student at Columbia College, was named the winner of the $5,000 Chicago Fashion Foundation 5th Annual Future of Chicago scholarship. The winning outfit was representative of the Ukrainian Village, as Elena was inspired by the architecture and design of local churches in the town. The blue-violet pegged skirt featured a dome-shaped cut-out over the left knee, and the jacket was made of black stretch crepe and featured an open back. The look was polished off with a knitted belt featuring a vintage brooch.
Chicago Fashion Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides academic scholarships to Chicago-area college students majoring in fashion related studies and coordinates educational programs for the Chicago fashion community. CFF’s goal is to maintain and develop the fashion industry in Chicago through an annual scholarship competition, yearly fundraiser, continuous professional networking events, and mentoring programs. CFF is comprised of professionals and students who are dedicated to developing and retaining local fashion talent in order to raise the caliber of the Chicago fashion industry.
– Taneisha Jordan
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