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Chicago, Illinois -- The School of the Art Institute of Chicago will host Fashion Show 2005 on May 5th and 6th at the Ballroom of 112 S. Michigan Avenue.  For more than seventy years, fashion design students at SAIC have presented one of the most unique fashion shows in the world.  This year combines contemporary music with a multimedia runway show that features over more than 200 innovative new garments on professional models.
“The Fashion Show showcases the work of some of the most gifted students from our fashion design program, and has established SAIC as one of the innovators of fashion design in the world”, said SAIC professor and president Tony Jones.
The School of the Art Institute is proud to announce the following judges for the 2005 SAIC Fashion Show, including:
  • Rolf Achilles – Chair, Historic Preservation, SAIC
·        Sara Albrecht – Owner, Ultimo
·        Liz Armstrong – Columnist, Chicago Reader
·        Leah Bowman – Professor Emeritas, Fashion Design, SAIC
  • Richard Braido – Interior Designer, Chicago
·        Julie Darling – Former Director, Gen Art
  • Wendy Donahue – Style editor for the Q Section, The Chicago Tribune
  • Ikram Goldman – Proprietor, Ikram
·        Timothy Long – Curator, Hope B. McCormick Historic Costume Collection, Chicago Historical Society
  • Dominic Machesi – Proprietor, Blake
  • Carlos Martinez – Designer
  • John Moran – Co-owner, George Greene

·        Roger Price – Designer, Price Walton
·        Beth Wilson – Chicago Correspondent, Women’s Wear Daily
The fashion design department has helped to launch the careers of some of SAIC’s most talented alumni, including renowned designers such as Halston, Gemma Kahng, Cynthia Rowley, Maria Pinto, Eunhwa Kim, Lawrence Steele and Denise Allen Robinson, as well as rising stars Leonides Beltran, Gary Graham, Lara Miller and Shane Gabier.
The show’s production is as unique as the garments.   This year features an eighty-five foot runway designed by architect Ammar Eloueini, founder of the Paris-based design company, Digit-All.  Eloueini, who recently designed fashion icon Issey Miyake’s Berlin boutique, has also created a flowing, luminescent polycarbonate sculpture to backlight the runway and complement the student work.  DJ Hiroki Nishiyama worked with show creative director Werner Herterich and the students to create a vivid musical background for each individual collection. 
The show represents the culmination of a year’s worth of work by each student to design a full collection of garments inspired by a uniquely personal vision.   Sophomore, junior and senior students will display unified collections that challenge the boundaries of fabric, shape, proportion and color. 
“The annual Fashion Show represents the unique design visions and aesthetics developed by our students during their studies at the School of the Art Institute,” said Fashion Chair Andrea Reynders. “And it provides an exciting professional experience to our students as they consider careers in the fashion industry.”
The 2005 SAIC Fashion Show will be held on Thursday, May 5th at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm and May 6th at 10:30 am**, 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm, at the Ballroom in 112 S. Michigan Avenue.   For ticket information, contact 312-899-5155.
**Note that we have augmented the schedule at 10:30 am Friday, May 6th to accommodate increased audiences.
The 2005 SAIC Runway Sale will also be featured at this year’s Fashion Show on Saturday, May 14, 2005 from noon to 4:00 pm in the SAIC Department of Fashion Design, 37 S. Wabash Avenue (at Monroe), 10th floor.
Select garments from the fashion show will be available for purchase (Cash or checks only).  For Runway Sale information, contact 312-899-5168.

About the Designers
The following are examples of the unique inspirations for several student collections.
Monique Montenegro’s purple promenade dress was inspired by the past. 
She based her collection on a photograph of her grandmother, a jazz lounge singer in Depression-era Chicago, from the 1934 Worlds Fair.  “I am very interested in the entertainment culture from that the 30’s and 40’s,” she says.  “I love to imagine what it would have been like for my grandmother to wake up and go to the World Fair, and then perform in the nightclubs of Chicago.”  Montenegro’s lines are classic – with deep purple satins and flowing reddish velvets – but bring a fresh movement and flow to a vintage aesthetic.
Amie Hirata
designed clothing around the roots of hip-hop, her favorite music style.  “Early hip-hop was the most exciting when it unified four key elements,” Amie says, “the MC, DJ, B-boy and graffiti artists.”  Hirata used denim and cotton in informal styles with black, white, blue and maroon colors.  The designer, who is half-Korean and half-Japanese and grew up in St. Louis, said that she related her experience as an outsider in American culture to the stories of struggle for African Americans in hip-hop music.
Other students simply wanted their work to reflect their own personalities and interests.  Shoshanna Tuszer combined a lavish 1970s glamour aesthetic with the brazen, rough-and-tumble grit of the biker lifestyle to striking effect in her new collection.  Using contrasting combinations, such as silver studding on silk, leather straps on velvet, and skull and crossbone patterns on soft sweaters, Tuszer creates a style that is loud, audacious, and unmistakable.  “It’s based on my own personal philosophy on life; to be bold, to stand out, to make a statement,” she says.  “It takes courage to wear what I make.  There is a certain lack of fear that I strive for in my life and I want it to show in my design as well.”
Senior Jillian Gryzlak found the inspiration for her designs in a foreign country -- Ghana, West Africa.   She is fascinated in the relationship between garments and personal and community histories in this country, where the shapes and colors of clothing often reveal social status and tell stories about those who wear them.  “For example, the more ample the fabric and the more full the garment is, the higher the status of the man wearing it,” Gryzlak says.  “I am interested in the role of textiles in community life.”   Gryzlak has hand manipulated the majority of the fabrics that make up her very full and rich-hued collection of exotically wrapped skirts, intricately pleated pants, and elaborately folded tops.
Junior Julia Toal fused two major passions in her designs.  Toal’s collection emulates the form and contours of her favorite food - sushi.  “When I am really stressed, I tend to ease my anxiety with sushi.  I feel anxious when I am working on my designs, so it just seemed natural to combine the two.”  Toal took her fascination with the lines and seams she observed in tuna rolls and salmon and created a similar pattern in the seams of her dresses, which she adorns with caviar-colored beads.  These salmon and shrimp colored pieces are minimal and form-fitting, and a light-hearted departure from the serious intentions of other runway fashions.
The imminent departure from school and entry into the work world influenced Judy Yang.  She used literature and the idea of a new adventure to create her own unique style.  “I wanted to evoke an innocence, a fairy-tale quality in my work,” she says.  In a spring line that includes children’s wear, Yang alludes to Lewis Carol’s Alice in Wonderland with an array of playful polka dot and striped patterns, bow ties, bunny suits and blue dresses.  “I like the idea of a young curious girl getting lost in an unknown world and overcoming obstacles,” she says.  “I am at a starting point for a journey of my own, in terms of my work and my position in life,” she says.  “So I designed something whimsical and childlike, but also something wearable and sophisticated.”  

About the School of the Art Institute of Chicago 
A leader in art education for more than 140 years, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago ( www.artic.edu/saic) offers undergraduate and graduate programs in art and design to over 2600 students from around the world.   In addition to the time-honored study of painting, sculpture, printmaking and fashion design, the School embraces film and new media, electronic arts, design, and trans-disciplinary fields such as visual and critical studies.  Located in the heart of Chicago, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago hosts exhibitions, lectures and other public programs through venues such as the Gene Siskel Film Center, Betty Rymer Gallery and Gallery 2; and in conjunction with Performing Arts Chicago and the Poetry Center.

And that’s not all: the event also featured pampering by Chicago ’s Beauty On Call ( http://www.BeautyOnCall.com), such a makeovers and massages. Hair consultations and touch-ups were also given by Michael and Michael Salon ( http://www.MichaelAndMichael.com/), as well as styling consultations by Marlisa Sailer ( http://www.MarlisaSailer.com).

Participating designers included Doris Ruth, Double-Stitch, Lara Miller, Sarah McGuire and the Vintage Gypsy. Some boutiques in attendance were Calvin Tran, G Boutique, Ms. Catwalk, NYLA, and The Denim Lounge. Check out the Gen Art website to view a full list.

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