THE SCHOOL OF THE ART INSTITUE OF CHICAGO PRESENTS ANNUAL RUNWAY SHOW, FASHION 2015, MAY 8.
Fashion Critic Diane Pernet to Receive SAIC Legend of Fashion Award at Annual Benefit, THE WALK, in Millennium Park.
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), one of the nation’s leading art and design schools, is thrilled to announce the 81st edition of its annual runway show, Fashion 2015. Presented Friday, May 8 three times throughout the day at Millennium Park’s Chase Promenade, Fashion 2015 will culminate with THE WALK, SAIC’s annual benefit supporting the production of student work and scholarships. This year, world-renowned fashion critic, journalist and filmmaker, Diane Pernet will receive SAIC’s 2015 Legend of Fashion award at THE WALK. Tickets for Fashion 2015 and THE WALK are available at saicfashion.org.
Fashion 2015 is an electrifying runway show featuring more than 200 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. Students and faculty work together to create a truly professional fashion runway show—stunning design, intriguing soundscapes, exquisite garments and cutting-edge looks—by incorporating and combining techniques across various disciplines including sculpture, performance, design, architecture and installation. Seniors in SAIC’s acclaimed Department of Fashion Design will showcase complete collections of five looks, juniors will show a three-look collection and sophomores will present one avant-garde look.
“In this exciting year leading up to the school’s 150th anniversary, we are pleased to present the most cutting-edge designs from the talented students in our Fashion Design department,” said SAIC president Walter E. Massey. “Not only will Fashion 2015 showcase the work of our young designers, the show’s production will bring together other departments—including architecture, photography and journalism—in a way that reflects the collaborative, cross-disciplinary nature of the arts today.”
THE WALK, SAIC’s fashion show benefit supporting SAIC student scholarships, will honor Diane Pernet with SAIC’s 2015 Legend of Fashion award for her outstanding contributions in the fashion industry. Along with pioneering the advent of online fashion journalism via her website, A Shaded View on Fashion (ASVOF), Pernet is also credited with spearheading the fashion film genre, providing a new medium through which artists, photographers and designers can collaborate on creative projects. Co-chairs of THE WALK are SAIC Board of Governors members Ellen Sandor and Stephanie Sick and the evening will be emceed by the David and Mary Winton Green senior curator at Art Institute of Chicago museum, Gloria Groom. Groom recently curated the Impressionism, Fashion and Modernity exhibit at the museum in 2013.
“It’s an honor to receive this award from the illustrious School of the Art Institute of Chicago,” said Pernet. “I look forward to seeing the students’ work leading up to the show, meeting with them to discuss the fashion industry and what they may expect from it as they graduate, as well as sharing a collection of my films with the Chicago fashion community.”
In addition, Pernet will present selections from her traveling film festival at the Gene Siskel Film Center on Sunday, May 10. Details will be announced at a later date at siskelfilmcenter.org.
“Diane Pernet has been at the forefront of fashion journalism’s digital renaissance and has been a noted champion for fashion film throughout her career,” added Sage Chair in Fashion Design Anke Loh. “As both an advocate and an artist, Pernet’s role in the fashion community will inspire students to explore the many facets of the industry while never compromising their personal style.”
THE WALK kicks off at 5:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception and continues at 6:30 p.m. with a performance piece entitled THE DOLLS by artist and associate professor of Film, Video, New Media and Animation at SAIC Claudia Hart, followed by the student runway show and the presentation of the Legend of Fashion award. Immediately following THE WALK, guests will enjoy a strolling dinner at the rooftop terrace of Millennium Park’s Harris Theater.
EVENT DETAILS AND SPONSORS:
Fashion 2015 will be presented Friday, May 8: 9 a.m.: General admission dress rehearsal 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.: General admission seating 5:30 p.m.: THE WALK.
Tickets for Fashion 2015 and THE WALK are available online at saicfashion.org, at the door on May 8 or by calling 312.499.4190. Tickets start at $40 for the Fashion 2015 day shows, and single tickets for the WALK start at $500.
Sponsors for Fashion 2015 and THE WALK are Swarovski, MacLean–Fogg, Richard and Ellen Sandor Family, Bill and Stephanie Sick, McDonald’s, Ulta, Bank of America, Exelon, Gallery Aesthete, Macy’s, Ariel Investments, Mesirow Financial, Steller Enterprise. Virgin Hotels Chicago is the exclusive hotel sponsor of Fashion 2015 and THE WALK.
As a presenting sponsor of THE WALK 2015, Swarovski, the world leader in fashion jewelry and cut crystal, is extending its partnership with SAIC for the fifth year. Swarovski selected six students from SAIC’s Fashion Design program to incorporate Swarovski’s jewelry and crystals in their garments for the runway show.
ABOUT THE SAIC FASHION DESIGN DEPARTMENT:
SAIC’s Fashion Design program provides a creative and intellectual context in which the nature and potential of fashion is closely examined and reimagined. Since 1934, SAIC has been educating new generations of fashion designers who have gone on to produce some of the most inspired and respected collections around the globe. Students have fiercely responded to international influences and set groundbreaking trends for the past 80 years.
SAIC’s first Fashion classes gained inspiration from early Hollywood’s glamour in the midst of the Great Depression. Students created sustainable and functional garments despite fabric rations during World War II; and they produced innovative garments using foreign patterns and materials with the growing popularity of international travel in the years to follow. Uniquely situated within a vibrant contemporary school of art and design, SAIC’s Fashion department continues to offer undergraduate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate fashion programs that build on the connections and relationships between art and fashion that have been evolving in the past century and that reach an unprecedented level in contemporary practices today.
SAIC’s Fashion program is housed within the Sage Studios for Fashion Design located in the historic Carson Pirie Scott building. The 25,000-square-foot studio space includes the Fashion Resource Center, a hands-on collection of late-20th- and 21st-century designer garments and accessories representing extreme innovation, which allows SAIC students the opportunity to explore the most progressive achievements in the world of dress and fashion. For more information, please visit the Department of Fashion Design website.
ABOUT THE SCHOOL OF THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO:
A leader in educating artists, designers, and scholars since 1866, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) offers nationally accredited undergraduate and graduate degrees and post-baccalaureate programs to more than 3,200 students from around the globe. SAIC also provides adults, high school students, and children with the opportunity to flourish in a variety of courses, workshops, certificate programs, and camps through its Continuing Studies program. Located in the heart of Chicago, SAIC has an educational philosophy built upon an interdisciplinary approach to art and design, giving students unparalleled opportunities to develop their creative and critical abilities, while working with renowned faculty who include many of the leading practitioners in their fields.
SAIC’s resources include the Art Institute of Chicago and its new Modern Wing; numerous special collections and programming venues provide students with exceptional exhibitions, screenings, lectures, and performances. For more information, please visit saic.edu.