The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) held Fashion 2013, their 79th annual fashion show on Friday, May 3, 2013. The show was presented times throughout the day on Millennium Park’s Chase Promenade and culminated with THE WALK, SAIC’s annual benefit supporting the production of student work and scholarships. This year THE WALK celebrated fashion designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte with the Legend of Fashion Award, as well as constant supporter of SAIC, Melissa Sage Fadim, with the Heart of Fashion Award.
Fashion 2013 featured more than 300 original garments created by undergraduate students in SAIC’s internationally renowned Fashion Design program, which boasts such distinguished alumni as Halston, Cynthia Rowley, Maria Pinto and Gary Graham. The cutting-edge looks incorporated and combined techniques from the fields of sculpture, performance, design, technology, architecture and installation. Seniors in SAIC’s acclaimed Department of Fashion Design will showcased complete collections of five looks, juniors showed three-look collections, and sophomores presented one avant-garde look.
Over 50 models from Factor Runway walked the runway inside a tent set up at Chase Promenade and on a three-block-long walkway centrally located in Millennium Park.
Presenting sponsor, Swarovski provided jewelry and crystals for three juniors, including Blair Disbrow, Jordan Kiehle and Crystle Crubaugh. Swarovski also provided jewelry pieces that were used by students from SAIC’s Master of Design program in Fashion, Body and Garment, mentored by Fashion Design Professor Nick Cave, to create a visual display at Swarovski at 540 North Michigan Avenue April 15 – May 7.
Hairstyling was provided by ULTA and make-up by Maybelline New York. Fashion 2013 was produced and directed by SAIC faculty member Conrad Hamather, Graduate Coordinator of the Master of Design in Fashion, Body and Garment program, with talent direction by SAIC faculty member Shane Gabier, an SAIC alumnus and co-founder of Creatures of the Wind.
– Carol Calacci
Photos: Rodarte, Sara Condo; Runway, Erik Kommer; Swarovski Runway, Robert F. Carl