CHICAGO ( April 2017 ) — Driehaus Design Initiative will celebrate the future of fashion at The 16th Annual Driehaus Awards for Fashion Excellence on Friday, April 28 at 6:30 p.m. The event features a runway show highlighting the talents of top emerging Chicago fashion design students.
Hosted by Inese and Richard H. Driehaus, The 16th Annual Driehaus Awards for Fashion Excellence will take place at Vintage Studios ( 700 S. Desplaines Street ).
The elegant fashion soirée will be emceed by Sylvia Perez, News Anchor/Reporter on Fox 32 Chicago, and includes a pre-party with hors d'oeuvres and cocktails, live entertainment, a live auction, and an exclusive VIP after-party.
The first place designer will win $7,500, including photography & make-up for the production of a lookbook, a garment display at Neiman Marcus Michigan Avenue, and additional media opportunities. The second and third place designers, as well as the five honorable mention designers will win cash honorariums.
In addition, Wendy Krimins, General Manager, Neiman Marcus Michigan Avenue, will select one participant to receive the Neiman Marcus Distinguished Designer Award and a window display at the Michigan Avenue store, plus one-on-one meetings with a partner, buyer or executive.
The panel of judges also includes:
-Ellie Cotey, Head of Wardrobe, Joffrey Ballet;
-Mark Roscoe, President, Mark Roscoe Design;
-Jennifer Worman, CEO of T&J Designs and Blogger at Red Soles and Red Wine.
Local fashion and design schools participating are:
-Columbia College Chicago,
-The Illinois Institute of Art — Chicago,
-the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Reserved seating VIP tickets are $300 and include access to the VIP after-party.
General admission tickets are $175. For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.DriehausDesign.org .
About Driehaus Design Initiative
Driehaus Design Initiative, a 501( c )( 3 ) nonprofit organization, was established to promote and encourage design education and to foster public appreciation and understanding of all aspects of fashion design and history. Driehaus Design Initiative contributes proceeds from The Driehaus Awards for Fashion Excellence to support fashion and design endeavors in Chicago.
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